Why study visual arts?

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Dec. 15
May 1

The Visual Arts program at UND immerses you in creative work in your medium of choice. In partnership with innovative faculty and talented classmates, you'll explore how we perceive, create and interpret visual information. You'll graduate prepared for a fulfilling career as an artist.

Visual Arts majors choose from the following tracks:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) - Designed for students with particular talent, the B.F.A. provides an intensive concentration in visual art in preparation for graduate study or a career as a professional artist.
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) -The B.A. offers a flexible approach to the visual arts major. With fewer studio requirements, the B.A. includes additional study in the liberal arts and can be customized to fit your interests.

We also offer a minor in Visual Arts.

Visual Arts at UND

  • Present your work at art exhibits locally and nationally

  • Work closely with professional artists with industry experience

  • Learn from internationally recognized artists through our Visiting Artist Program

  • Enjoy access to our 35,000-square-foot Hughes Fine Arts Center

Careers in Art


Median annual salary for art directors

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Art Directors


Anticipated job growth for multimedia artists and animators

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Multimedia Artists and Animators

 The world needs artists now more than ever. A B.A. or B.F.A. from UND prepares you for careers ranging from teaching art to young children to running your own studio.

Recent graduates have gone on to graduate studies in visual arts or launched careers as:

  • Professional artists/art practitioners
  • Art educators
  • Museum/gallery curators

When You Major in Visual Arts

A Visual Arts degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Adobe Creative Suite

UND Visual Arts Major Alumni

Visual Arts alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Apple, Inc.
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Art Materials, LLC
  • Basis Independent Schools, LLC

Visual Arts Courses

UND Visual Arts

Leaders That Do

Students at UND take chances, seek challenges and become leaders that do.