Art Program

Drawing and Painting

Drawing and painting courses are offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The drawing loft and painting studios are open for student use when classes are not in session.


The photography lab is a fully equipped B & W film darkroom with a lighting studio and Beseler enlargers. The printmaking lab recently purchased a Conrad Intaglio press that is used for both intaglio and relief processes.


The DSU ceramics studio has 5 Amaco Kick Wheels, 3 Clay Boss Electric Wheels, 2 Pacifica and one Shimpo wheel; Peter Pugmill; small updraft gas kiln and 4 electric kilns. Clay comes from Dakota Pottery Supply, Sioux Falls, SD. We offer Cone 5 oxidation firings with commercial and custom blended glazes. Advanced Ceramics students use porcelain and high temperature stoneware to fire the updraft kiln. Raku and barrel/smoke firings are also offered.

Graphic Design

DSU's minor in Graphic Design provides a foundation in computer-based forms of graphic design combining conceptual, creative and technical skills. DSU maintains state-of-the-art technology labs offering the latest in Adobe Creative Suite applications.

DSU also offers a Graphic Design Certificate of Completion Program. The program is designed for those seeking to advance their skills in graphic design. Students will learn to create dynamic graphics for print and web production through real world projects. The courses provide students with an understanding of industry standards and professional practices as a graphic designer. Students enrolled in this program can complete a Graphic Design Certificate of Completion, strictly online, in two years or less.

Learn more about our Graphic Design Certificate of Completion Program

DSU Mind's Eye Art Gallery

The Dickinson State University art gallery opened in 1972 by Dennis Navrat, professor of Art at DSU. It was named the Mind's Eye Art Gallery. It was previously located in Stoxen Library, the only art gallery in Dickinson at the time. The gallery was a joint venture of the Department of Art, The Badlands Art Association, and Stoxen Library.

In August of 1997, the gallery was moved to its present location on the lower level of Klinefelter Hall. The gallery features a variety of fine arts mediums created by visiting artists, local artists, and the University's faculty and students.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

For more information on the gallery or about the Fine Arts program at DSU, contact Ian Mabry at 701-483-2020.

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