School of Art Learning Opportunities

  • MSUM School of Art students embrace diversity, challenges, opportunities, unique experiences and continue to produce incredible results. You can participate in student organizations, show your work in local and regional art exhibitions, gain hands-on experience through volunteer and service learning opportunities, and more.

  • Studying abroad is an excellent investment in your academic goals, future profession and own personal development. It can also help set you apart, whether you want to pursue graduate school or a great career. There are several study abroad program options, including: exchange programs, external providers, Eurospring and short-term faculty-led programs.

    Are you interested in living and learning with peers who have similar interests as you? The Art, Art Education, Graphic Design and Graphic Communications Learning Community may be for you. Join this community to strengthen your passion for art, utilize creative collaboration and production skills, build critical analysis abilities and learn from our dedicated, award-winning faculty.

    Ceramics Guild provides opportunities for you to be involved with ceramic arts regardless of your major. We provide access to clay and facilities for making ceramics, as well as plan community events and field trips.

    Numerous internship opportunities are available for Art History students. Though internships aren’t required, they’re highly recommended. Many organizations in Fargo-Moorhead are looking for talented student interns, therefore there are several internship options to choose from. Recent students have interned with the following organizations, among others:

    • Plains Art Museum
    • MSUM Art Gallery
    • Rourke Art Museum
    • Kaddatz Gallery
    • Lake Region Arts council
    • Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

    For more information on internship opportunities, contact Anna Arnar.

    Are you an aspiring comic book artist or writer? Dragons Den Comics can help introduce you to other young artists and writers and prepare you for the business and skills involved in the creation of comics, manga and sequential art in general.

    The Illustration Guild is dedicated to bringing together artists, illustrators and anyone interested in illustration, graphic arts and animation. The goal of this student organization is to help foster the art community at MSUM and improve networking skills.

    Travel to see exhibitions and monuments in person and meet professionals in the field. As you expand your knowledge of art history, you’ll also extend your network of contacts within the field. Contact Anna Arnar for information about upcoming travel opportunities.

    Showcase your work in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery, along with other local, regional and national exhibitions. For more information on how to share your art, talk with your advisor.

    Works on Paper Guild is a group of artists and non-artists who gather to explore the creative world of printmaking. Participate in an annual print conference, run and organize a student art sale, and more!

    The purpose of the MSUM National Art Education Association chapter is to promote Art Education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership.

    The MSUM Art Education program provides more than 500 volunteer service hours annually to local organizations and agencies providing support, as well as recreational and therapeutic related programming, for pre-school, school-age, at-risk, elderly, war-involved and adults with exceptionalities in the community.

    The Art Education program also has strong partnerships with more than 30 local organizations and agencies, where you’re able to gain field experience through service learning practicums. These practicums often lead to potential employment opportunities.

    For more information on volunteer and service learning opportunities, talk with your advisor.

    The six-credit MSUM Art History thesis requirement will prepare you for art history research—including working with primary sources and original material in archives—as well as public speaking. These skills are highly sought after by employers. A supervised independent study, the thesis project involves identifying a unique art historical or architectural problem and locating appropriate original sources related to it to provide an informed interpretation and analysis. Most undergraduate programs do not have this requirement, so you'll have an advantage when applying to graduate school.