B.F.A. Studio Art

Are you ready for your art to change the world?
Degree Type Bachelor of Fine Arts
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Delivery On Campus

A private art school experience on a public university campus. UW-Stout’s School of Art & Design is located just one hour from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art major offers seven studio art concentrations: 

  • Ceramics
  • Contemporary Sculptural Practices
  • Drawing
  • Metals and Contemporary Art Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking

The School of Art & Design’s renowned faculty has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum to explore contemporary media. You’ll have access to applied arts studio spaces and labs 18 – 20 hours per day. Our facilities include studio spaces for all advanced students. Other resources include the Furlong Gallery, Gallery 209, process lab, print lab and visual resource center.

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.

B.F.A. Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

  • Submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of School of Art & Design faculty, who will determine admissions into the major. The priority deadline is no later than noon on the second Monday in January of your senior year of high school for fall admission. You will receive direction on how to submit your portfolio in a separate handout accompanying your acceptance letter from UW-Stout.

If you are not accepted into the program, but you do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted as an "Pre-BFA" student. You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters, depending upon available openings in the program. First-Year Foundations courses will be available to "Pre-BFA" students pending seat availability.

Transfer Students

  • Submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of School of Art & Design faculty, who will determine admissions into the major. The priority deadline is no later than noon on October 1st for spring admission and March 1st for fall admission. You will receive direction on how to submit your portfolio in a separate handout accompanying your acceptance letter to UW-Stout.

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 be admitted as a "Pre-BFA" student if you: 

  • do not submit a portfolio/essay
    or
  • apply after the BFA program has closed
    or
  • 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. 

Aluminum Metal Pour, SOAD Studio Art

Assistant Professor of Sculpture Kelly O’Brien recently had the opportunity to bring a group of Stout students to Hamline University.
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School of Art & Design Facilities

Modern studio/classrooms provide conducive environments for learning, and extensive open studio/lab hours allow access to these spaces outside of class periods.

Two galleries housed in the department, a student gallery and the John Furlong Gallery, along with other spaces on and off campus, provide for student, faculty and outside exhibitions throughout the academic year.

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.

Studio Arts Advisory Board

Geoffrey Wheeler Program Director Department of Art & Art History
Marc Anderson Painter, Illustrator Self-employed
Dominique  Bereiter Metals Artist Self-Employed
Josh  Bindewald Exhibitions and Artists' Cooperative Manager Minneapolis Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Cynthia  Bland Professor CACHSS, Department of Art and Art History
Tamara Brantmeier Professor Department of Art & Art History
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
Patrick Gantert Co-Director Sadie Halie Projects
Emily Gordon Student, Ceramics  
Allison Hiltner Associate Director Soo Visual Arts Center
Loken Kim Assistant Professor Department of Design
Bailey  Mastin Student, Sculpture, President, Fine Arts Association  
Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro Assistant Professor Department of Art & Art History
Danny Saathoff Metal Smith, Sculptor Danny Saatoff Designs
Tami  Weiss Assistant Professor Teaching, Learning and Leadership Department
UW-Stout studio art graduate Celeste Sullivan was hired by Lucette Brewing Company, owned by two UW-Stout alumni, to create a glass mosaic mural in the new Lucette Woodfire Eatery / UW-Stout
Hands On Experience

Student Work

Our students gain experience working on real-world projects with a unique combination of art & technology.

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