University of South Dakota (Art Department)
About the department
The Department of Art seeks to encourage personal and creative growth and to prepare the student for a career in the visual arts. The programs of study offer aesthetic, scholarly, historical and technical instruction. Visual art processes, application, and methods are practiced in studio courses, leading to professional preparedness in the visual arts or design. Exploration of interdisciplinary possibilities and new technologies is encouraged.
It is the goal of each program of study and specialization to guide students toward understanding of the creation and analysis of visual art and design. A degree in art can prepare students for a graduate program in art and for careers in art education, in graphic design, in multimedia, as a practicing artist, and in related fields including arts management, art therapy and museum careers.
The U's Art Department is the only college in South Dakota to offer the BFA and MFA degrees, and South Dakota's only art program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Art at the U offers a unique and cutting edge preparation for a professional visual arts career, with a balance of scholarship and creative development.
Faculty members are accomplished artists who continue to produce and show their own work. They are also academic experts in their field, with a commitment to mentoring students through close, personal attention. The Art Department offers students a 1:12 teacher to student ratio
The U's Art Department offers students a number of advantages:
* Scholarships - Incoming freshmen and undergraduate art majors are eligible to apply for the Louise Hansen, H.J. and A.B. Gunderson, Oscar Howe and Lance Hyde scholarships.
* Space - Art facilities include 11 studios equipped for everything from drawing and photography to bronze casting, classrooms, two galleries, an art history slide library and 9000-volume art library and several computer labs.
* Beyond the Classroom - The department hosts numerous visiting artists each year, providing master classes, critiques, gallery shows and more. Student trips to galleries, shows and art-related events expose students to art in a variety of settings. Students also have opportunities for showing their own work, including the U's annual juried art show.
* Experience and Graduate Studies - Internship opportunities are available in all areas, and BFA students have access to the nation's top MFA programs.
* Integrated Learning - The Art Department is part of the College of Fine Arts, housed in the 104,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Art students benefit from this unique creative community that also includes students of music and theatre.
The U. Department of Art offers the only Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for the State of South Dakota. We seek to encourage personal and creative growth and to prepare the student for a career in the visual arts. The programs of study include, but are not limited to, aesthetic, scholarly, historical and technical instruction. Visual art processes, application, and methods are practiced in studio courses, leading to professional preparedness in the visual arts or design. Exploration of interdisciplinary possibilities and new technologies is encouraged. It is the goal of each program of study and specialization to guide students toward understanding of the creation and analysis of visual art and design. A degree in art can prepare students for a graduate program in art and for careers in art education, in graphic design, as a practicing artist, and in related fields including arts management, art therapy and museology.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is considered the professional undergraduate degree in the field of visual arts. The four year program at the U. focuses on intensive work in art or design, supported by a program of general studies. The BFA is designed for students who desire a thorough, specialized, and rigorous training to develop skills, concepts and sensitivities essential to a career as a professional artist or designer.
Candidates select one of the following studio areas to earn their BFA with an emphasis in:
Graphic Design/ Multimedia
The Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Art Education (with K-12 certification in art) is a four and one-half to five-year professional undergraduate degree program intended for students who desire to teach at the primary or secondary levels (grades K-12), and who desire professional training as a visual artist in one of the above listed studio emphasis areas. The BFA Art Education degree is cooperatively offered between the Department of Art and the School of Education, so students will develop competencies in professional education and in specific studio areas.
Although most advising is done through WebAdvisor, the Art Department maintains a CORE curriculum worksheet and Departmental Requirements worksheet on file for each art major. These worksheets outline the specific course requirements for each of the degree programs and are used as an ongoing record of each student's enrollment, completed courses, grades, and grade point averages. The worksheets are updated during advisement each semester and are used for course advising and planning for each student. If questions arise, students should seek advice from their major advisor, Department of Art Chair, or Academic Advising.
Options in Visual Art Studies
Double Major. Students may double major between visual art and other degree programs, but must meet all the requirements of both programs (excluding the Art Education program).
Art Minor. The art department offers a single minor to students majoring in disciplines outside of the art program, on an individualized basis and arranged in consultation with the Chair of the Art Department. A minimum of 24 semester hours are required for an art department minor. Non-art majors may specialize exclusively in a single studio emphasis area after first completing one course in drawing (ART 111) and one course in basic design (ART 121).
BFA Transfer Program
The BFAT Program allows capable and highly motivated transfer students especially those who have earned a B.A. or B.S. degree in Art from an accredited institution in South Dakota, to complete a B.F.A. degree at USD in three semesters. Most students will need to complete about 30 semester hours in art, with most of the coursework within an emphasis area. Details of the credit transfer program are available from the Chair of the Art Department.
The Master of Fine Arts Degree
The Master of Fine Arts degree is the terminal degree in the field of the visual arts. Programs available for the Master of Fine Arts include Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Studio Art. The Master of Fine Arts degree is a professional practice-oriented terminal degree program representing the highest level of achievement in visual arts studio disciplines. The degree represents significant creative and intellectual attainment and indicates advancement to professional status.
The Master of Fine Arts is designed for mature graduate students who desire to teach at the college/university level and/or for those individuals who wish to pursue a career as a professional artist. The program emphasizes individual artistic development by granting the students extended studio time for reflection and contemplation of their personal artwork while offering critical input from faculty experience. Teaching and Research Assistantships, seminars and visiting artist workshops provide other professional skill-based experiences.
School name:University of South DakotaArt Department
Address:414 East Clark Street
Zip & city:SD 57069 South Dakota
Address:414 East Clark Street
Zip & city:SD 57069 South Dakota
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