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Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Painting Specialization

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Freedom of expression.

Become a professional artist. You are passionate about your art, and you want to share your talents with the world. This program will help you develop both the creative and professional skills you need for a future as a studio artist in today’s global art communities. The painting area engages students with historical and contemporary approaches to painting in various media. Students develop a foundation of technical knowledge while investigating conceptual possibilities through studio practice and critical dialogue with faculty and peers. A major in studio art with a painting specialization prepares graduates for careers as fine artists, graduate study in fine arts and entry-level positions in art.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong skills in art or design.
  • Work well with technology.
  • Are committed to developing your talent.
  • Have a creative, expressive, curious personality.
  • Like to draw.

Career Opportunities

  • Studio artist
  • Art director
  • Advertising artist/illustrator
  • Art consultant
  • Museum administrator/curator

Recent Employers

  • Self-employed
  • Graduate school

Internship Opportunities

  • Good Roots Farm and Gardens LLC
  • Daktronics
  • Rehfeld’s Art and Framing
  • South Dakota Art Museum
  • Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.