Inspiring students by challenging them to achieve excellence.
The College of Fine Arts prepares students for life-long engagement with local and global communities through education in art, music, or theatre. Our dedicated faculty inspire students by challenging them to strive for excellence in creative scholarship and research.
With state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding faculty comprised of dedicated teachers and working professionals, the College of Fine Arts combines high educational standards with extraordinary opportunities for real-world experience.
As the state's first College of Fine Arts, we bring together a highly qualified faculty to provide each student opportunities for personal artistic growth. We offer the state's only B.F.A. in theatre, M.F.A. degree in art and theatre and the B.M. and M.M. degrees in music. Here you will find the fit for your interests and the career path for your success.
Installation is underway at the University of South Dakota for a showing of abstract paintings by J. Steven Manolis, a USD alumnus who specializes in large-scale, intensely-colored canvases.
Elizabeth Wensmann, a rising University of South Dakota senior from Aberdeen, South Dakota, was accepted into the Berkshire Scholar program and performed in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Berkshire Choral International Festival this June.
Thanks to generous donors, a group of art students had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to New York City. There they met with successful artists in their studios, visited galleries and museums and discovered for themselves where a degree from USD can take them.
Field experiences, internships, and student teaching built upon the numerous studio opportunities offered in the Department of Art. This degree is cooperatively offered between the Department of Art and the School of Education, so students will develop competencies in specific studio areas and in professional education.