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.

Studio Arts Alumna Leslie Barlow

Minnesota Museum of American Art acquires Leslie Barlow painting for permanent collection,

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. 

SA Advisory Board

2018 SA Advisory Board

  • Geoffrey Wheeler, Program Director
  • 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, CACHSS, Department Information and Communication 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, Metals Smith, Sculptor, Danny Saatoff Designs
  • Tami Weiss, Assistant Professor, Teaching, Learning and Leadership Department

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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.

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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