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Learn From the Finest

Our programs promote a sense of personal integrity and social responsibility in students that develop an intellectual basis for successful living.

You'll learn from the finest, as our faculty is comprised of award-winning artists and educators that practice the profession that they teach: Fine Arts faculty have been selected to receive the University's prestigious Belbas-Larson Teaching Award three of the past four years.

We also provide the greatest range of Fine Arts majors in the state of South Dakota. We are committed to serving our students in a liberal arts environment and preparing you for any career path you choose.

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The University's Art Program is South Dakota's only art program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Our Art Department offers you unique and cutting-edge preparation for a professional and visual arts career, with a balance of scholarship and creative development.

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design/Multimedia
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


A degree in music from USD provides students with a solid foundation to enter the teaching profession, gain confidence as a performer, or to seek an advanced degree in Music Education, Performance or Music History.

  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Musical Arts
  • Music History


Whether you want to act in Shakespeare festivals, design scenery, manage teams of artists as a director or serve your community and profession as an educator/artist, the Department of Theatre will help you achieve your dream. Our Theatre Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Design/Technology
  • Directing


art faculty Our faculty are accomplished artists who practice what they teach.