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You did not choose art; art chose you If you feel that way, then you know preparing for a career in the visual arts is probably the smartest thing you can do, because it will always be your passion.

Enrollment Services


Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art requires a selection of general education courses, a required core of foundational art courses, and specific courses in the option of your choice. Under the general education requirements, you will learn a broad spectrum of skills
including critical thinking, liberal education in the humanities, writing, and the sciences. Under the required foundation, you will learn about color, design, drawing, art history, graphic design, and photography. Under your specific option, you will take a selection of courses that will delve more into your interests and prepare you aesthetically and professionally for your career goals.

Studying art at MSU is a meaningful and rewarding creative experience, during which you will build confidence with technique, concept, design, and aesthetic judgment. The MSU Art Department is small enough to foster strong student mentoring and large enough to attract
quality professors who are engaged in outstanding research.

Major in Art at MSU and select from these study options: 
MSU offers these options for students interested in studying visual arts:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Integrated Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Traditional Arts
  • Art History

Careers in visual arts
Careers can include but are not limited to: graphic design, photography, animation, crafts, art history, museum/gallery work and can also propel you into working in the fine arts as a professional artist or an employee at a school or business.

Art Department Scholarship
The Harvey & Arlene Twyman scholarship is available to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and currently enrolled majors. Awards are based on the quality of applications and student portfolios. For more information or an application.

Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.

Exceptional faculty
Members of the art faculty are dedicated educators who have achieved personal success in the fine arts, graphic arts, and photography and work for the success of their students.

University Climate

  • Our college: Our university provides a fundamental liberal arts education, giving students the knowledge, skills and values to help them think critically and creatively.
  • Our learning environment: Small classes ensure art students receive personal attention from their instructors in our studios and classrooms.
  • Our art galleries: Student work is regularly displayed in galleries managed by Northwest Art Center, nationally known for its diverse exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art by local, regional, national and international artists.
  • Our community: University and community opportunities include the MSU Art Club and NOTSTOCK (MSU’s popular art festival), as well as downtown Minot galleries and museums.
Art Student

More Information
To learn more, visit our Art Department web site. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
Andrea Donovan
Associate Professor 
Art Department
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 701-858-3819 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3819