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Visual Arts


The Department of Visual Arts is fully accredited by NASAD and offers several professional degree opportunities; the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science, as well as design and studio arts minors. 

We have emphasis areas that support students launching into careers in industry and job-ready fields such as graphic design, illustration, and art education. We also provide a challenging and inspiring atmosphere for students preparing for graduate school or life as an arts professional. 

Skills you will develop no matter what your emphasis area includes:

Digital design proficiency utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects

Development of long-term independent creative research projects

A range of creative strategies allowing students to transform ideas into visual statements

Professional development tailored to each emphasis

Community engagement

Technical skills in both two and three-dimensional hand processes

Design and Art related oral communication skills

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Arts professional leadership skills

Integration of ideas into digital and social platforms

Exhibition design and curatorial writing

Project management and completion





Program Requirements

Bachelor of Art/Science (Graphic Design and Studio Arts)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design and Studio Arts)

Bachelor of Art Education

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include elementary/secondary art education, commercial art/graphic design, animation, illustration, arts marketing, commercial photography, museum/gallery work, exhibition design, independent studio art, municipal art programs, art criticism, independent art instruction, art media research, arts organizations, art funding agencies, and university instruction.

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8818
Campus address: Renaissance Hall 100
Physical/delivery address: 650 NP Avenue, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2332 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Visual Arts

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 4:00:40 PM
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