Fine Arts Studio | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Fine Arts Studio

Create Art,
Create Community

MCAD’s Fine Arts Studio major prepares students for studio and community practices relevant for a changing visual world. Students push traditional boundaries of disciplines, critique work in socio-political and cultural contexts, and explore the artist's role in society. Majoring in fine arts studio at MCAD is designed for students who are interested in the language of art in any mode or medium and driven by ideas rather than a specific set of materials. Students have access to one of the largest studio spaces on campus, open 24/7, allowing for time to explore, experiment, and create.

Student in their studio surrounded by their artwork

Hear about the student experience

As a Fine Arts Studio major, you will:

  • Craft an interdisciplinary program based on your own ideas and aspirations.
  • Hone your technical and conceptual skills.
  • Gain foundational skills with a variety of materials.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge for a meaningful practice in fine arts.
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Class Highlights

This Bachelor of Fine Arts program emphasizes a collaborative process of working on teams with students from all MCAD majors. Required classes include: 

  • The Body Eclectic
  • Public Art/Art in Public Spaces
  • Remix: Quotation and Appropriation
  • Storytelling: Narrative Studio

After MCAD

There are many paths to explore with a degree in Fine Arts Studio. Potential careers include:

  • Fine Artist
  • Curator
  • Art Therapist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Worker

“I started out as a photography major, but I switched to fine arts studio so I could have more freedom with my photography work, incorporating sculptural elements. I felt like my classes allowed for a lot of experimentation.” –Jamie Thomas ’14, Freelance Photographer