B.F.A. Studio Art

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Degree Type Bachelor of Fine Arts
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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.

As you specialize in the art form of your passion, we'll prepare you for your career as a professional studio artist. / UW-Stout

Studio Art Concentrations

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

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

Beginning in Spring 2020, students will be admitted as a Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) student. As a Pre-BFA participant, you 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.

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.  
  • 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.

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

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 Saathoff Designs
Tami  Weiss Assistant Professor Teaching, Learning and Leadership Department

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Studios, Labs & Galleries

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.


Fine Art Studios

Interactive 360-degree Fine Art Studio Tours

The Applied Arts Building provides unique facilities for each of the six studio art areas that are conducive to the specific needs of each discipline. Studio spaces are flexible and adaptable given the needs of the class. Extensive open studio and lab hours allow access to these spaces outside of class periods. 




Interactive 360-degree Gallery Tour

The Furlong Gallery at UW-Stout exhibits both professional and student artwork, as well as regional, national, and international exhibitions. With two separate spaces, the gallery can stage two shows at once and has an average of five to nine exhibits per year.

Gallery 209 at UW-Stout offers student artists the opportunity to present their works professionally. Studio Art majors exhibit their capstone work in this gallery each semester in small group shows. Throughout the year, other students exhibit a wide variety of work during 1-3 week exhibits.



Materials & Process Lab

Interactive 360-degree Process Lab Tour

The Materials & Process Lab is designated for use by students enrolled in art and design courses, who are working on class-related projects. The lab is equipped with a wide variety of woodworking and metalwork tools and related equipment. Students also utilize the Fab Lab on campus for 3D printing, laser cutting/engraving, and other specialty projects.

Watch instructional videos on specific tools and machines in the School of Art & Design Process Lab.

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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