Immerse yourself in an environment designed specifically for personal and creative discovery.

We offer comprehensive study in aesthetics as well as scholarly, historical and technical studio instruction. Your first two years of study balance art and general education classes; junior and senior year classes then shift to your specialization area as well as portfolio development. The unique programs and outstanding faculty help you develop your craft while earning a professional degree.

Housed within the college of Fine Arts, the art department has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1979. We also offer the state's only master's degree in studio art.

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  • PHoto of J. Steven Manolis.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The J. Steven Manolis “Painting Vermillion Red” art exhibition will host a closing reception at the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the University of South Dakota campus from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6.
  • New York City art trip

    USD art students travel to New York City to interact with top artists in their studios, visit museums and learn how to further develop their career.

  • We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Oscar Howe Curatorial Fellowship program! Applications are due January 22, 2018.