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 Keith Braveheart.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Keith Braveheart, a University of South Dakota visual art graduate student is one of 28 Lakota artists selected from across the United States and Canada to participate in an exhibit at the Journey Museum & Learning Center in Rapid City this March...
  • Photo of Stilwell juror Bryan Holland.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts hosts the opening reception for the 31st annual Stilwell Student Juried Exhibition this Friday, Jan 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.
  • Galen Brown, a Vietnam U.S. Marine veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart served two tours of duty as a sniper. He enlisted in 1965 and was wounded in action in Hue, 1968. His journey as an artist began after returning from war and ended with his passing in 2013. His art w...