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Studio Arts

Study contemporary studio art, including ceramics, metalsmithing, sculpture and extended media, painting, drawing and printmaking. Students collaborate with professional artists and renowned scholars to prepare for exciting careers in the creative industries.

Studio Arts – B.F.A. in Art, Studio Arts Emphasis

Students in the Studio Arts program at Montana State begin their undergraduate artistic journey with Foundations courses, which aim to introduce students to the design thinking and visual literacy skills needed for the rest of their years in the program. From there, Studio Arts students have the opportunity to focus their creative personal vision in one of six areas of study: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture + extended media, metalsmithing or ceramics.

The Art major offers four additional Options Within the Major: Art Education K-12 BroadfieldArt HistoryGraphic Design and Liberal Arts Studio.


“That’s one of the great things about MSU – I have loved learning new things, which has added to my techniques […] I particularly have learned to take risks.”
Jason Baide ’18, Art and Business 


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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Italy Program
Each spring semester, the School of Art offers a program of study in Italy, which includes an intensive studio and art history experience against the backdrop of Etruscan tombs, Roman ruins and statue-filled Baroque fountains.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Studio Arts students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Studio Artist
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Museum Management
  • Gallery Management

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.