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New Studio Practice: Fine Arts Major

New Studio Practice: Fine Arts is a multidisciplinary major centered on making, community and entrepreneurship that positions you to flourish and thrive in a competitive 21st century market and the contemporary visual arts world.

In the studios, a supportive community of peers who will embrace you and your visual identity. Internships, visiting artists, guest critics, curators, writers and more will connect you to the community and opportunities.

You’ll apply learned knowledge to the creative world as a responsible art citizen and make visual work with a comprehensive understanding of how your creative identity relates to the world around you. As a graduate, you’ll live a sustainably creative life, changing the world one person at a time.

Our Curriculum

In New Studio Practice: Fine Arts, you will have the choice to focus your practice in a single field, such as photography or painting, or work across approaches. With the support of your NSP advisor, you’ll create your own path while honing your skills and deepening your interests.

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Fine Arts in the world. Our fine arts graduates are influential in their communities, often using their creative path to better the world around them. MIAD fine arts students are regularly selected for the prestigious Yale Norfolk Summer Program. The Creativity Series and visiting artists programs bring local, national and international makers to campus each year to lecture and work alongside our students.

Collabs & Awards
Square of light illuminating an ornate plaster ceiling with red wisps

Villa Terrace Art Museum hosts MIAD NSP alumni in gallery opening

Exhibition of framed sticks against black and white backgrounds

Madison exhibition spotlights MIAD professor, alum

Mixed media multicolored tapestry with yarn and seeds

NSP: Fine Arts students exhibit at TASK Creative

Black and white series of 12 sequential photos of a figure skipping a rock into a body of water.

Jon Horvath, NSP faculty, on "This is Bliss" project

What Can I do with my Major?


Art Appraiser
Art Collection Administrator
Art Critic
Art Dealer
Art Educator / Professor
Art Historian
Art Investment Advisor
Art Conservationist
Art Therapist
Art Writer
Artist Representative
Artistic Programs Administrator
Arts & Culture Program Director
Arts Grant Writer

Computer Artist
Costume Designer
Cultural Journalist

Director of Public Art

Exhibition Designer

Fine Artist

Gallery Owner / Director / Manager

Museum Curator / Director / Manager

Portrait Artist

Set Designer

Textile Artist

Video Artist / Designer
Visual Culture Writer/Critic