Discover the Studio Art Program

The Studio Art Department at a Glance

The Black Hills State University Studio Art Program is the ideal choice for aspiring art students throughout the state and region. The Department of Studio Art provides students with the technical skill and cultural awareness essential to the careers of professional artists, scholars or teachers. Seminars on specialized topics, a schedule of visiting artists, trips to major cities, and study abroad possibilities all enrich students study of Studio Art at Black Hills State University. 

Studio Art students have access to newly updated studio facilities, private studio spaces, and close mentoring from the art faculty. We integrate formal art concepts with contemporary theory and fundamental practice while using digital media and contemporary technologies in our curriculum. Coursework includes that practice as well as discussion and critiques with faculty, advisers, and visiting artists. Exhibition and installation spaces are readily available throughout campus and the community of Spearfish.  

The faculty of the Department of Fine Art is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars with artistic practice and research that spans a broad range of media and disciplines. Dedicated to educating the next generation of artists, award-winning teachers prioritize mentorship, offering students individual attention, small class sizes and private studio spaces.  

Most course work in the programs of study are practice-based studio courses. Studio classes are typically capped at 18-20 students. All studio areas also have classes that are open to non-majors. Three-credit courses normally meet in class for three hours weekly for 15 weeks of fall and spring semester; another six hours of work is expected outside class. Studio areas are open and accessible, and private studios are available on an application bases.

More info about the Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree

Course Requirements

Art Minor

 Required Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I
  • 3 ART 121 Design I
  • 3 ART 122 Design II
  • 3 ART 123 Three Dimensional Design
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to Visual Arts
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
    or
  • ARTH 212 History of World Art II
  • 6 Take two courses from the following:
    ART 172 Design Concepts in Crafts Media
    ART 211 Drawing III - Figurative
    ART 231 Painting I
    ART 292 Topics (or 492)
    ART 330 Painting Techniques
    ART 340 Sculpture Techniques
    ART 350 Ceramics Techniques
    ART 375 Art and Technology
    ART 430 Watercolor
    ART 480 Printmaking Techniques
    MCOM 265 Basic Photography

Art Ed Major

Required Core - 60 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I (gen ed)
  • 3 ART 112 Drawing II
  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D (gen ed)
  • 3 ART 122 Design II Color
  • 3 ART 123 Three-Dimensional Design
  • 3 ART 172 Design Concepts in Crafts Media 
  • 3 ART 211 Drawing III - Figurative
  • 3 ART 350 Ceramics Techniques
  • 3 ART 365 Art & Technology
  • 3 ART 480 Printmaking Techniques 

  • ART of ARTH 300/400 Level elective credits / units: 2
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to Visual Arts (gen ed)
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
  • 3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II
  • 3 ARTH 456 Recent Developments in Visual Arts
  • 3 ARTE 414 K-12 Art Methods
  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography 

  • 3 ART 338 Encaustic Painting
  • or
  • 3 ART 430 Watercolor

  • 3 ART 231 Painting 1
  • or
  • 3 ART 330 Painting Techniques

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional K-12 Teaching Core - 22 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 3 SEED 408 Planning, Managing & Assessing the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 Readign and Content Literacy
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum

  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • 9 ED 444 K-12 Student Teaching

Gen Ed Requirements - 31 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 2 WEL 100 Wellness for Life & 100L Lab
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 3 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor, but to be certified to teach, a content praxis exam must be passed in both the major & minor areas of study.

Art Ed Minor

 Required Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I
  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D
  • 3 ART 375 Art and Technology
  • 3 ART 430 Watercolor
    or
  • ART 330 Painting Techniques
  • 3 ART 123 Three Dimensional Design
    or
  • ART 340 Sculpture Techniques
  • 3 ARTE 414 K-12 Art Methods
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to Visual Arts
  • 3 ESPY 428 Child & Adolescent Development

Commercial Art Minor

 Required Core - 18 hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing 1
  • 3 ART 121 Design 1 2D
  • 3 MCOM 161 Graphic Communication
  • 3 MCOM 257 Intermediate Desktop Publishin
  • 3 MCOM Basic Photography
  • 3 MCOM Computer Production & Imaging
  • 3 MCOM Web Design
  • 3 MCOM Advanced Desktop Publishing