USD is home to the state's only school of Fine Arts. This affords faculty, students and community members with a unique offering of art, music and theatre. The university boasts three art galleries, state of the art facilities for music and theatre, as well as various performances, concerts, festivals and camps.

The National Music Museum resides on the USD campus and is one of the greatest institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections, which include more than 14,800 American, European and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods, are the most inclusive anywhere.

Key research strengths and facilities include: