A private art school experience on a public university campus.
UW-Stout’s School of Art & Design (SOAD) is located just one hour from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. SOAD’s renowned faculty has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum to explore contemporary media.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (SA) prepares students to become successful studio artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the visual arts industry. Students participate in applied learning in the studio, in traditional classrooms, and in professional and gallery settings. Students may pursue a concentration in one of eight studio art disciplines.
Studio Art Concentrations
Through the creation of original artwork and the study of liberal arts, art history, and contemporary art theory and practice, students develop the skills and knowledge needed to serve society with inquisitive attitudes and professional-level problem-solving capabilities. Experienced faculty members teach the art and design courses and serve as student advisers.
Rigorous foundation courses, student residencies, internships and study abroad experiences — along with student organization and juried exhibition opportunities — provide you with many ways to grow as an artist, get involved and prepare for your career. The Studio Art program culminates in a professional practices course and small-group BFA Thesis Exhibition.
"The community in the Applied Arts Building, the instructors and my fellow students have been inspiring and supportive. We truly have something special here."
-- Andrea WhiteB.F.A Studio Art
Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art.
New First-Year Students
Students admitted as Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) students will join an exciting community of first-year art and design students with classes and events geared towards preparing you for a successful application to the intended BFA program.
As a student accepted into one of the six BFA programs, please be aware of the following:
- You will be required to submit a portfolio in the spring semester of your freshmen year to apply for acceptance into the intended BFA program. Portfolios will be evaluated by School of Art and Design faculty. Through your first-year experience, you will be given the tools and skills required to prepare and submit the portfolio, and the necessary support to navigate the application process.
- All transfer students will be admitted as a Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) student. Upon acceptance information will be provided on how to submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of School of Art & Design faculty, who will determine direct admissions into the BFA major of your choice. The priority deadline is no later than 9:00 a.m. on October 1st for spring admission and 9:00 a.m. on March 1st for fall admission.
- Submissions may be made after the priority date; however, there is no guarantee when it will be reviewed for a decision nor what art-specific coursework you may be able to get into after the review is completed and whether or not registration for the next semester has begun. There is a $10 application fee assessed at the time you electronically submit your portfolio.
Transfer students are considered both fall and spring. This includes portfolio and essay submission priority dates. Students applying for one of the BFA programs will remain admitted as a "Pre-BFA" student if you:
- do not submit a portfolio/essay
- apply after the BFA program has closed
- are not approved for the BFA program after submission of a portfolio/essay.
You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters, depending upon available openings in the program. If needed, BFA Foundations courses will be available to "Pre-BFA" students pending seat availability.
Studio Arts Advisory Board
|Josh||Bindewald||Exhibitions and Artists' Cooperative Manager||Minneapolis Highpoint Center for Printmaking|
|Cynthia||Bland||Professor, Department of Art and Art History||UW-Stout|
|Tamara||Brantmeier||Professor, Department of Art & Art History||UW-Stout|
|Amanda||Dobbratz||Digital and Marketing Manager||Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis|
|Aaron||Dysart||City Artist||St. Paul, MN|
|Peter||Galante||Associate Professor, Department Information and Communications Technologies||UW-Stout|
|Patrick||Gantert||Co-Director||Sadie Halie Projects|
|Allison||Hiltner||Associate Director||Soo Visual Arts Center|
|Loken||Kim||Assistant Professor, Department of Design||UW-Stout|
|Bailey||Mastin||Student, Sculpture, President, Fine Arts Association|
|Vincent||Pontillo-Verrastro||Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Art History||UW-Stout|
|Danny||Saathoff||Metal Smith, Sculptor||Danny Saathoff Designs|
|Tami||Weiss||Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning and Leadership Department||UW-Stout|
|Geoffrey||Wheeler||Program Director, Department of Art & Art History||UW-Stout|