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Painting

Explore a broad spectrum of media to express your ideas visually and who you are as an artist. Build on your own unique strengths as an artist to find your personal creative direction. 

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Gain the knowledge and tools you'll need to become an informed, competent and creative artist by becoming a painting student at USD. Bridging both the technical and conceptual approaches to painting, our program offers you a rigorous and supportive environment that encourages creative thought and personal growth through research, experimentation and critical discussion. You'll learn to develop a thoughtfully executed and skilled body of paintings and to contextualize your work through readings, field trips and research.


Degrees & Offerings

Art: Painting (BFA)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

As an undergraduate painting student, you will learn the basics of your major through courses such as introductory painting, figure painting, painting materials and methods, studio projects, independent study courses, and special projects which allows you to focus your program of study to match your art interests.

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Program Details

Undergraduate

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in the only College of Fine Art in the state.
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Art

The Department of Art will provide you with unique and applicable real-world experience and connections that enable you to immerse yourself in an environment built for personal and creative discovery.

USD Painting Facility

Our Facility

Here are some of the facilities and resources available to painting students:

 

  • Large, naturally lit critique spaces
  • Large light control system spaces for studio projects and figure painting
  • Free-figure model sessions
  • Access to video and audio editing equipment and professional-grade digital cameras and light kits
  • Well-ventilated spray booths
  • Laser cutters
  • Undergraduate and graduate individual studios
  • Woodshed facilities to create canvas and panel supports
Keith Braveheart works in his dedicated graudate studio space.

The Best Studio Spaces 

Earning your MFA is dedicating time to grow as an artist. At USD, graduate students get dedicated studio space to work. You'll find passionate accessible faculty and community of peers for continued inspiration.
USD students involved in community art mural projects.

Discover Your Community

Earning your MFA is dedicating time to grow as an artist. At USD, graduate students get dedicated studio space to work. You'll find passionate accessible faculty and community of peers for continued inspiration.
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