The Bachelor of Arts in studio arts at Metropolitan State University gives students the opportunity to cultivate their creativity while developing marketable skills. A core curriculum in drawing, painting, photography, and the fiber arts is supplemented by community-based internships and coursework in related disciplines. Under the guidance of accomplished art faculty, students will:

  • Understand common definitions and concepts related to the visual arts.
  • Refine critical thinking, written, and verbal skills in relation to the visual arts.
  • Assemble a digital portfolio of original works.
  • Prepare for graduate school and/or careers in the visual arts.

The Bachelor of Arts in studio arts at Metropolitan State has articulation agreements with various Minnesota State community colleges, which easily allows Associate of Fine Arts students to transfer coursework and matriculate through a two-plus-two model. Students may also enter Metropolitan State’s upper division program with similar credits from other accredited schools.


Although studio artists are usually independently employed, the Twin Cities is rich in creative industries and art businesses that employ thousands of individuals. In fact, a recent study supported by Americans for the Arts stated, “Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy.” From galleries and museums to healthcare and education, the arts demand well-trained arts-oriented professionals in an expanding industry.

Studio Arts majors will be encouraged to dedicate at least four credits of their program to an internship at a local art organization or business, thereby expanding their professional network.

Students will also be encouraged to complement their Studio Arts major with minors such as Digital Media or Technical Communications, in order to develop strong communication and multi-media skills.

“The limits of language do not define the limits of our cognition.” – Elliot Eisner (20th-century art educator)