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Fine Arts (BFA)

Consider a fine arts profession
Studios, galleries, and individual clients are always on the lookout for artists who display outstanding talent, creativity, and style. A Minot State art education will increase your chances of being productive at the professional level. Alumni from our program work professionally as photographers, graphic designers, web page designers, illustrators, educators, and working visual artists.

Learn with Minot State
Studying art at Minot State is a meaningful and rewarding experience. You will build confidence in your creativity by developing technique, concept, and design.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a studio-focused program designed to offer you a deeper experience in studio art, design, and art history. These additional studio and art history credits help you identify your strengths as an artist and better prepare you for a professional career or pursue a Master of Fine Arts. The BFA program has additional admissions requirements and is intended for the most committed and professionally-oriented art students.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, craft and fine artists earn a median pay of $53,140 and graphic designers $57,990 per year.

Offered: On campus


Features of a Minot State fine arts degree

University opportunities include Art Club, Flat Tail Press, and NOTSTOCK, our popular arts festival. Find your inspiration in the community through the Taube Museum of Art, Artspace Suite 1 Gallery, or get involved with numerous local art groups.
Art galleries
Galleries are critical classrooms for the art student. The campus boasts three unique galleries, including the Northwest Arts Center, which 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. 
Learning environment
The art department is small enough to foster strong student/instructor mentoring and large enough to attract quality professors who are engaged in outstanding research. 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.
Personal studio spaces
In January 2024, the art department will return to its home in Hartnett Hall. After a complete renovation and expansion of community spaces, the department will be a wonderful home to dream, explore, and create. Having a place of your own to make art is central to our creative community and essential for your growth. Personal studio spaces are available and provide a place to think, work, and build community.

Art department scholarship
The Art Department has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships in the past decade to art students with an average awardee receiving nearly $1,200. 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.

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