Inspiring students by challenging them to achieve excellence.

The College of Fine Arts prepares students for life-long engagement with local and global communities through education in art, music or theatre. Our dedicated faculty inspire students by challenging them to strive for excellence in creative scholarship and research.

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.

Promoting diversity and inclusiveness is an important aspect of the fine arts. Faculty, students and staff serve a broad community through our belief in inclusive excellence as found inside and outside the classroom, in faculty and student research/creative scholarship projects and through service work that promotes a broad range of diversity efforts.

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  • Ebrin Stanley, USD alum, joins Hamilton Cast

    Congratulations to Ebrin Stanley '17, who will take the stage in Chicago playing the roles of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in "Hamilton: An American Musical."

  • Students singing on stage for the production of Spring Awakening.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s Department of Theatre presents the eight-time Tony Award ® winning musical “Spring Awakening.” This groundbreaking rock musical has been electrifying audiences since its 2006 premiere as it addresses the tumultuous transiti...
  • portrait of Kaitlin Pearson, MTNA competition winner
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Kaitlin Pearson, a graduate student in vocal performance, was awarded third place in the National Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Competition in Voice. The competition was held in Spokane, Washington on March 18.

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.

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