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Studio Art

Program in Studio Art (B.F.A.)

The School of Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art. Students choose an area of specialization in one of the following:


This degree is comprised of in-depth studio experiences, art history courses, and engagement in professional practice. Studio Art majors study a variety of art making methods and techniques that include traditional and contemporary approaches, as well as art history. Students have a number of opportunities to expand their art-making experience in and out of their area of specialization.

The department provides specialized and multi-purpose studios, located in Grove Hall, the Barn, and a 5,000 square foot freshman studio, in addition to resources available at the South Dakota Art Museum.

Students earn BFA degrees leading to careers as professional designers and artists. Our program's graduates may also pursue graduate study, receiving advanced degrees in art and design.

The program aims to develop the knowledge base and experience for students to pursue careers as professional artists or in various art related fields. Our commitment to providing real-world experiences is realized through our professional BFA curriculum, internships, practice courses, and travel study to art galleries, museums, and design studios in national and international design centers.

Visit the Academics webpage to find one of our Studio Art specialization's Academic Advising Guide Sheet.

Students can also take additional courses to receive a Film Studies Minor or a Museum Studies Minor. Students outside the Studio Art majors can earn a minor in Studio Arts or a certificate in any of the areas of specialization or in art history.

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Duncan Raney receives the inaugural Carol Hepper Foundation Award

Raney receives inaugural Carol Hepper Foundation Award

Duncan Raney, a rising junior majoring in studio art at South Dakota State University, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Carol Hepper Foundation Award in studio art. A Sioux Falls native, Raney will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

Meyer returns to hold exhibit at Ritz Gallery

Shelby Meyer, a 2020 South Dakota State University graduate, is holding an alumna exhibit in the Grove Hall’s Ritz Gallery. The exhibit, Mirrored Contrast, opened Monday and runs through Jan. 29.