The art department has a wide range of specialties that allows you the creative space to hone your interests and skills to craft a major that fits your style.

Programs of Study

Major in Art with a General Studio Art Concentration or a Preprofessional Concentration in Studio Art 

The studio curriculum offers a variety of courses that enable students to develop and improve their artistic abilities in a variety of media. 

Major in Art with a General Art History Concentration or a Preprofessional Concentration in Art History

The art history program at Concordia is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the development of human visual culture from the Paleolithic to the Modern Age.

Major in Art with a Preprofessional Concentration in Design*

At Concordia, design is approached – first and foremost – as an art form, with both conceptual and technical components cultivated and held in balance. *Concentration closed to new students as of Fall 2020

Major in Art Education

If your love for creativity matches your desire to impact the lives of others, then art education may be right up your alley. This major will prepare you to be licensed to teach art to grades K-12.

Major in Heritage and Museum Studies

This is an interdisciplinary program merging art, classical studies, history, and archive research. 

Major in Multimedia Journalism

Prepare yourself for any job in journalism with this interdisciplinary major combining studies in communication studies, English, and art.

Minor in Art and Design

Art and design minors know the value of creativity and understand how the skills learned here will be valuable and applicable to whatever your primary focus of study may be.

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Minor in Art History

The minor in art history blends nicely with a major in art with a studio art concentration.

Minor in Web Design and Development

The minor in web design and development is an interdisciplinary program in collaboration with the Offutt School of Business.

"I had the opportunity to create a mural downtown at Fort Noks Bar of Gold. It was a three-month project total, with a month of planning and two months of painting leading into the fall. I talked with Fort Noks management to see what they'd like on the mural – graffiti, Fargo/colleges, and beer were the key components to incorporate into the letters of “FT. NOKS.” - Tyrell Setness ’2

Art Internships

Build your network and get hands-on experience with an art internship. Find potential opportunities and connect with professionals in your field through the Concordia's Career Center.

Concordia Art Scholarships

Apply for an art scholarship and maximize your financial aid. Scholarships range from $2,000-$4,000 and are renewable annually.

Walter Piehl describes his painting process during his artist visit in spring 2019.

Visiting Artist Program

Concordia's Visiting Artist Program brings in diverse artists and designers to share their knowledge, unique vision, and the work they've done in our community. Artists contribute to the Visiting Artist Program in a variety of ways: 

  • Exhibiting their work
  • Public artist talks
  • Conducting workshops or demonstrations of technique
  • Individual critiques and discussions with students

All are welcome to attend exhibitions and public talks.

Past Visiting Artists 


  • Julie Weber
  • Ryan Stander
  • RJ Kern


  • Jessica Matson-Fluto


  • Andy Casto
  • Michael Olson


  • Peter Happel Christian
  • Bradford Hansen-Smith
  • Walter Piehl


  • Danny Wilcox-Frazier
  • Nate Powell
  • Jenny Harp
  • Rachel Livedalen
  • Amanda Maciuba
  • Jeff Dell


  • Hend Al-Mansour
  • Sarah Smith and Doug Degges
  • Jennifer Mills ‘07 

Art Stories

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Commissioned for Cover

The Fargo Film Festival selected Emma Hagemeier ’23 to design the original cover art for the 2023 official program guide.

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Growth Culture

Moorhead City Council member Laura Caroon ’06 shares why the Fargo-Moorhead community is a great place to learn, grow your career, and make the changes you want to see.

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Dr. Jeff Meyer

Chair, Art; Professor, Music History, Music Theory, and Global Music; Director, Pempamsie; Director, Concordia Gamelan Music, Art