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 state's first College of Fine Arts, we bring together highly qualified faculty to provide each student opportunities for personal artistic growth. We offer the state's only B.F.A. in theatre, M.F.A. degree in art and theatre and the bachelor's and master's degree in music. Here you will find the fit for your interests and the career path for your success.

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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."

  • Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute photo.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts and Department of Art hosts the Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute June 11-22.
  • Photo of 2 flag.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Galen A. Brown, native South Dakotan, USD alumnus and a Vietnam U.S. Marine Corp Purple Heart Recipient, will be honored by a retrospective of his artwork at the Day Gallery in the Warren Lee Center for the Arts at the University of South Dakota. The show ...

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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