Department of Fine and Performing Arts

College of Arts and Sciences


Full-time Faculty: McWilliams - Interim Chair, Fader, Grabowsky, Jahner, Rogers, Snavely, Walter, Walter-Frojen, Wohletz

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers degree programs in Art, Communication, Graphic Design, Music, and Theatre.


The faculty of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts believes that the fine arts, by their nature, are especially important to the cultivation of the liberal arts values of inquiry, sensitivity, empathy and creativity. Further, specialists in the fine arts are needed to promote these values and to contribute to the cultural and economic base of any community. Thus, the mission of the department is to increase the appreciation of and the participation in the various fine arts in southwestern North Dakota and to train artists who can, through exhibitions, performances and teaching, add to the quality of life wherever they eventually make their homes.

Participation in Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines

By completing the designated courses for Art, Communication, Music, or Theatre degree programs, students will have completed the requirements for the university’s writing program as described in the Academic Affairs section of the catalog for Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines.  See the Writing Across the Curriculum section of the catalog for the designated courses used to meet writing requirements for your program plan.  Course descriptions will also identify courses that are part of the writing program.


Bachelor of Science in Education - Art Education (K-12 Education)

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Bachelor of Science in Art Entrepreneurship


Fine Arts

Graphic Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Bachelor of Science in Education - Music





Bachelor of Arts - Music

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre




Graphic Design



Certificate of Completion

Graphic Design Certificate of Completion