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Art (BA)

Consider an art profession
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, graduate work, or an employee at a school or business.

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

The major in art degree bolsters your talent by broadening your skill level and tapping into your individual strengths as an artist. At Minot State you’ll learn technique and master skills necessary to make you the artist only you can become. You will be required to take a selection of general education courses, a required core of foundational art courses, and specific courses in the option of your choice. 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 delve more into your interests and prepare your aesthetic skills and professional abilities for your career goals.

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Features of a Minot State art degree

At Minot State, you’ll be located in one of America’s Most Artistic Towns, as ranked by Expedia’s travel blog ViewFinder. University and community opportunities include the Minot State University Art Club, Flat Tail Press, and NOTSTOCK (our popular arts festival on campus), as well as downtown Minot galleries and museums. Find your inspiration through The Taube Museum of Art, 62 Doors, or get involved with numerous local art groups like the Minot Street Art Movement.
Art galleries
Galleries are critical classrooms for the art student. MSU boasts three unique galleries. MSU's Northwest Arts Center is nationally known for its diverse exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art. It is also home to an estimable collection of artwork and historical artifacts showcased around campus and in the newly renovated Northwest Arts Center. Additional galleries reside in the art department and administrative buildings.
Learning environment
Small classes ensure you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors, engage in collaboration with classmates, and maximize your learning experience in our studios, classrooms, and galleries.
Our college
The College of Arts & Sciences provides a fundamental liberal arts education, giving you the knowledge, skills, and values to help you think critically and creatively.
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. You are encouraged to apply at

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.