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Visual Arts

The visual arts program at North Dakota State University offers a broad range of degree programs from art education to art emphasis areas in graphic design, painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, sculpture and photography. It provides a wide range of courses with the philosophy that a strong foundation in the development of creative strategy, critical thinking and art/design historical awareness will prepare our students for the art and design world today.

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The Program

With a vibrant major and minor program, the Visual Arts Department brings together students from every college in the University. As a primary career specialization, or as a supplement to some other major field, art and design is one of the most versatile areas of study. Housing in one of the finest facilities in the upper Midwest for art and design, the department is home to eight professional artists who teach every class we offer. We are an undergraduate program only, and are focused on the individual attention, modest class sizes and high quality advising for our undergraduate students.

The Facilities

Renaissance Hall, a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility, houses the Department of Visual Arts. The building provides well-equipped studio facilities for graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Our new digital media lab has been equipped with the most current output devices and the program has access to 3D printing, laser cutting and cnc processes. A second digital media studio houses both mac and pc platform computers. The print shop houses several etching and litho presses as well as facilities for letterpress and silkscreen printing. The ceramic student boasts three gas kilns and a wood burning kiln, clay mixing facilities and 25 throwing wheels. The large sculpture studio houses various types of welders, a plasma cutter and other tools for metal work, woodworking and carving in stone. A high-tech classroom for art history seats 75 and is also available for smaller classes. The department has its own gallery in the Renaissance Hall and has a partnership with the Memorial Union Gallery on main campus. A wide range of exhibitions, including national traveling exhibitions, and student and faculty shows are always available on and off campus. In close proximity to the Plains Art Museum, the department and the Plains work closely together, enhancing art experiences for the entire region.

The Faculty

The faculty is composed of Department Head, Michael Strand, Kimble Bromley, Kent Kapplinger, Kristi Groberg, David Swenson, Meghan Kirkwood, Aaron Kirchhoff and Andrew Stark. These faculty members are professional artists active at regional, national and international levels in art exhibitions, art research, art organizations and critical writing. The art faculty prides itself in being very accessible to students at all times for individual consultation and critique.


PEARS Program

The Printmaking Education and Research Studio (PEARS) is housed in the Department of Visual Arts. This specialized program broadens student exposure to artists working in the printmaking medium by facilitating collaborations to create editions of prints. The program provides classes and workshops for students, instructors and artists seeking both traditional and the latest in technological information. The program offers artist residencies, internships and studio rentals to qualified artists and promotes sales and exhibition of artwork produced in the studio.

Career Opportunities

Art and Design students develop a range of skills from creative strategy to technical proficiency. These skills are broadly applicable to careers in many different disciplines. Potential careers include marketing, advertising, illustration, graphic design, user experience specialist, animation, arts marketing, art historian, commercial photography, museum and gallery work, exhibition design, art therapy, professional studio artist, municipal art programs, art criticism, independent art instruction, industrial design, art media research, arts organizations, university instruction and K-12 education.

The Curriculum

With an early emphasis on technology and skills relevant in the 21st century, all students graduating from Visual Arts have a background in design. From this foundation, students select tracks including: K-12 education, graphic design/illustration, printmaking, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and drawing. The program offers a highly flexible and personal approach to each student’s development. The middle of the program focuses on developing a portfolio strong enough to apply for the capstone experience which is either a three-credit or six-credit baccalaureate project and thesis exhibition during the senior year. The Tri-College University, which includes Concordia College, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State College of Science offers students access to specialized courses not offered in the NDSU art curriculum.

The Degrees

Students majoring in art have several degree options. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is the professional degree requiring 72 hours in art with an emphasis in one or a combination of the following: graphic design, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography or drawing.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) requires 51 hours in art with an emphasis in one of the following: graphic design, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography or drawing.

The BA also requires a competency in a foreign language through the intermediate level and the BS degree requires a minor in another discipline.

Art Education is offered as a BS degree in collaboration with the NDSU School of Education. A minimum of 120 credit hours are needed for graduation.

Scholarships

The new multimillion dollar James Falck Endowment for Visual Arts is part of a new suite of scholarships for incoming freshman and existing visual arts majors. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and portfolio review. For more information contact the NDSU Department of Visual Arts at (701) 231-8818 or email Kelly.Todd@ndsu.edu.

Sample Curriculum

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Credits

General Education Requirements

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Communication

3

COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

ENGL 110 - College Composition I

3

ENGL 120 - College Composition II

3

Upper Division Writing

3

Quantitative Reasoning

10

Science & Technology

 

Humanities & Fine Arts

3

ART 210 - Art History I

3

ART 211 - Art History II

6

Social & Behavioral Sciences

2

Wellness

-

Cultural Diversity

-

Global Perspective

39

TOTAL

Credits

College/Department Requirements

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3

Humanities Elective(s)

3

Social Science Elective(s)

3

Fine Arts Elective

9

TOTAL

Credits

Major Requirements

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3

ART 120 - Painting I

3

ART 122 - Studio Technology Foundations

3

ART 124 - Foundations of Design

3

ART 131 - Foundations Drawing

3

ART 150 - Ceramics I

3

ART 160 - Sculpture I

3

ART 170 - Printmaking I

3

ART 180 - Photography I

3

ART 185 - Digital Media

6

Intermediate Studio Courses

3

ART 230 - Drawing II

3

ART 335 - Figure Drawing

3

ART 451 - History of American Art

3

ART 452 - Contemporary Art

3

ART 453 - Topics in Art History

3, 3

ART 489 - Baccalaureate Project (2 times)

15

Studio Emphasis Electives

69

TOTAL

122

Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate

Art Minor

The art minor has been recently updated to be completely flexible and serve as a unique “compliment” to any existing major. By being flexible, you can choose a path that suits your educational goals. For instance, a graphic design emphasis in your minor program would be an ideal compliment to many fields, including marketing, advertising, business, architecture and engineering.

Credits

 

3

Art History/Art Appreciation Electives

15

Additional Art History/Studio Electives

18

TOTAL

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Transferring Credits
View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

Reineke Fine Arts Center
Room 107


Reineke Fine Arts Center is located on the south end of campus on the corner of 12th Ave. N. and Bolley Drive (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Visual Arts
North Dakota State University
650 NP Avenue
Dept #2332, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8818 / Fax: (701) 231-2085
Email: Kelly.Todd@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/visualarts/

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/

 

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