Immerse yourself in an environment designed specifically for personal and creative discovery.

We offer comprehensive study in aesthetics as well as scholarly, historical and technical studio instruction. Your first two years of study balance art and general education classes; junior and senior year classes then shift to your specialization area as well as portfolio development. The unique programs and outstanding faculty help you develop your craft while earning a professional degree.

Housed within the college of Fine Arts, the art department has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1979. We also offer the state's only master's degree in studio art.





  • People pouring melted iron into a cast. Sparks are flying.

    The Little Pour on the Prairie, open to the public, takes place May 29 - June 1. Make a sand mold or ceramic shell at the University of South Dakota, then enjoy the pour at Professor Chris Meyer's farm.

  • Oscar Howe
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host Sharron Ahtone Harjo (Kiowa) for the 30th Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture Sept. 19 from 7-8 p.m. in Farber Hall located inside Old Main on the USD campus. A public reception for Ahtone Harjo will immediately foll...