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Dean's Welcome

The College of Fine Arts students and faculty are outstanding in their work and talent. Their high achievements have helped the departments win awards and provide everyone with exceptional opportunities.

Our vibrant campus is active with music concerts, theatrical performances, and art gallery exhibits. We host over 100 events a year for the campus and surrounding communities. Our faculty invite over 80 guest artists to appear on campus annually to enhance our fine arts offerings. Princeton Review continues to rank USD as one of the best universities. Our college is exceptional and we are proud to show it every day.

Our students' achievements are highlighted on the department websites and I encourage you to look around to read faculty biographies, student comments, and four-year program guides that will inform you about your potential course of study at USD in the Fine Arts.

We are proud to say that our Department of Art, Department of Music, and Department of Theatre are all accredited by their national associations, and have been for many decades. We are the only College of Fine Arts in the state of South Dakota. The quality of education we provide has helped our majors go onto the concert stage, theatre stage, exhibition galleries, and graduate schools of note.

We think you should become a part of the Fine Arts at USD for your college career. What can we do to help you realize that plan? The University Admissions office provides tours of campus, and fine arts faculty are always willing to sit down and chat with you about our great campus and outstanding programs.

Come to USD to gain experience for a lifetime career in the Fine Arts! Please stop by to say hello, tour our facilities, and meet our students and faculty.


Dr. Larry Schou, Dean
College of Fine Arts