School of Art & Design

We guide aspiring artists and designers to become passionate leaders in the art, design, and graphics industry.
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The School of Art & Design is an artistic and intellectual community that fosters creative thinking and lifelong learning. We prepare individuals for leadership and professional careers in the areas of visual art and design.

Our faculty guide aspiring artists and designers to build both theoretical and practical foundations, and encourage personal development in art, design, and the humanities. The art and design programs at UW-Stout are unlike any other in the nation.

UW-Stout Alum & Facebook Designer, Brady Voss / UW-Stout

The creative skill set our students acquire has a unique balance of fine art, design, history, theory, and innovation – all within a hands-on environment where students have opportunities to apply their education to real-world problems and solutions.

School of Art and Design director receives national fellowship

Dave Beck, director of UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design, has been recognized by the National Council of Arts Administrators.
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All BFA students take first-year foundation core classes that support advanced coursework. As a student, you’ll benefit from instructors who deliver a vast breadth and depth of experiences as working artists and designers.

If you are ready to learn and grow beyond your expectations, this is the art and design school for you.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The School of Art and Design, as the UW System’s largest provider of undergraduate B.F.A. programs, is uniquely positioned to elevate our existing strengths and become the premier applied art and design school in the nation.

We provide state-of-the-art programming that creates hands-on opportunities students, exemplified by projects with the Jim Hensen Workshop, Target and Trek Bicycles. Our vision for the next 50 years will enable expanded educational experiences provided by highly skilled faculty using exceptional equipment in high-tech labs. 

The B.F.A. programs are 120 credits, and offer students a solid foundation in liberal arts, art history and fine arts with a balance of design, theory, conceptual and applied curriculum. 

B.F.A. Entertainment Design

B.F.A. Game Design & Development

B.F.A. Graphic Design & Interactive Media

B.F.A. Industrial Design

B.F.A. Interior Design

B.F.A. Studio Art


Studio Art Minor

The Studio Art minor is a flexible program that develops knowledge and sensitivity in the visual arts that will enhance the education of students in non-art majors. Studio courses in a wide variety of art disciplines are available to students enrolled in the minor program.

Studio Art Minor

Art History Minor

The Art History minor offers students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their awareness of historical trends in art and design, and thereby increase their career marketability. The broad range of quality courses enables students to develop skills and increase knowledge relevant to their specific discipline.

Art History Minor

Master of Fine Arts

The MFA in Design is a 60 credit terminal degree built on inter-disciplinary coursework in Art and Design with a unique focus in Applied Design. No other regional institution can provide a similar collaborative environment across so many design sub-disciplines within the school. In addition, concentration options provided in this program encourage collaboration across other disciplines offered at UW-Stout and will meet the anticipated needs of students, higher education and the practicing design profession. Graduates will be well-versed in qualitative and quantitative research in design and will be well-positioned to respond to emerging employer needs in Wisconsin, the region and around the globe. 

M.F.A. Design

Student Work

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Explore the work of School of Art & Design students from past years.

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University returning to Intel national video game competition

The game design and development programs at UW-Stout will be back in the national spotlight this year with a return trip to the Intel University Games Showcase.

Tickets on sale for musical, Fashion Without Fabric, comedian

Tickets are on sale for three special events coming up at UW-Stout, “Big Fish” the musical, the annual Fashion Without Fabric show and comedian Charlie Berens.

Product design collaborations benefit students, university

Two recent projects in collaboration with Minneapolis companies helped industrial design students get professional experience, and the university benefited too.