Visit the University Art Galleries
Come see rotating contemporary and historical art exhibitions that include the largest collection of works by Oscar Howe.
Combining creativity and scholarship to make a difference in our world.
The College of Fine Arts prepares students for a life of amazing and rewarding experiences in art, music and theatre. Our vibrant campus is active with music concerts, theatrical performances and art gallery exhibits. We host more than 100 events each year for the campus and surrounding communities. Our faculty invite more than 80 guest artists to appear on campus annually to enhance our fine arts offerings.
As the only College of Fine Arts in the state, we bring together highly qualified faculty to provide each student opportunities for personal artistic growth. We offer B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in art and theatre and B.M. and M.M. degrees in music. Here you will find the fit for your interests and the career path for your success.
Diversity and inclusiveness are critical to the fine arts. Faculty, students and staff serve a broad community through our belief in inclusive excellence, as found inside and outside the classroom. This focus on inclusive excellence creates a welcoming community and prepares our students for living and working in a global society.
The USD College of Fine Arts is an amazing place to be. We invite you to join us on our mission to combine creativity and scholarship to make a difference in this world.
Take a virtual tour of South Dakota’s only College of Fine Arts.
VERMILLION, S.D. – This year, the University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts celebrates 90 years of serving as a cultural hub for the state and region. Looking forward to its future, the college is undergoing a $3.1 million renovation of the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre an...
Creating has always been a passion of independent film writer, producer and actor Paul Petersen ’09. By staying true to this passion, working hard and adapting to change, Petersen has made a name for himself in the indie industry.
Featured Program: Art Education
Field experiences, internships, and student teaching built upon the numerous studio opportunities offered in the Department of Art. This degree is cooperatively offered between the Department of Art and the School of Education, so students will develop competencies in specific studio areas and in professional education.