Fine Arts

The Mission of Fine Arts

The Division of Fine Arts provides opportunities for all students to develop aesthetic responsiveness, cultural and global awareness, and historical and contemporary perspective. Students pursuing a comprehensive education in art or music develop a deeper understanding of these fundamental abilities.

The Fine Arts Division:

  • Encourages individual expression through verbal and nonverbal communication and active collaboration in creative endeavor.
  • Provides elementary and secondary art and music education students with the essential knowledge and skills to become successful classroom teachers.
  • Prepares the student for professional study in Fine Arts.
  • Prepares the student for careers in arts-related businesses.

The Division supports the institutional mission in instructional technology while recognizing the divisional role in enriching human experience and cultivating a sense of community.


Department Chair: Armando Ramos, M.F.A., Professor

Excellent opportunities are available for studio training for artists and preparation for a variety of careers such as commercial art, computer graphics, or gallery work. Well-equipped studio space is available to all students, and personal studio space is available for upper level students. Ceramics and printmaking facilities are high–quality, and a student art gallery is run by and for the students. The Department of Art also makes an important contribution to the cultural environment of the campus and community.


Department Chair: Beth Gigante Klingenstein, Ph.D., Professor

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), this program assists musicians to perform at their highest possible level, develops in students a broad understanding of music within the context of a liberal arts education, and contributes to the cultural environment of the campus and community. Foss Music Hall is one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities of its kind in North Dakota, offering numerous classrooms, practice rooms, and rehearsal rooms. Froemke Auditorium seats 220 people and provides a splendid setting for recitals. For larger audiences, historic Vangstad Auditorium has a capacity of more than 800 and houses a three manual Moeller pipe organ – one of the finest in the region. VCSU offers many opportunities for performance including the Concert Band, Athletic Pep Band, Concert Choir, University Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and numerous chamber solo performances.

VCSU Community School of the Arts

Open to all members of the community, the Community School of the Arts provides access to programs in music, the visual arts, drama, and the literary arts that would not otherwise be available. Certified by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music.