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.

The Department of Art specializes in preparing artists to first take in, then take on the world around them.

Emphasis areas include:

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.


  • Craft your future with an art degree from USD.

    Learn how Zach molded his degree to achieve his goals and realize his dreams.

  • Art Galleries
    Featuring multiple galleries with rotating exhibitions, University Art Galleries is committed to bringing quality artwork to USD.
  • Stop by today to hear Wade Patton's artist talk. Patton is the 2017 Northern Plains Indian Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Dakota. His talk will be in room 175 in the College of Fine Arts.