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The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica Art is committed to developing artists and scholars who are compassionate global citizens, and whose imagination and creativity lead the way to an environmentally and socially responsible future. The core of our studies centers on art foundations and research, grounded in our Benedictine values and rooted in the process of inquiry and creative expression.

We offer five concentrations for you to choose from, they include: painting/drawing, photography, film/new media, design and studio art. Many of your professors will include internationally exhibited and published visual artists, who have practical experience in your concentration and know how to help you develop your own unique voice as an artist. The program also includes a class specifically designed to help you succeed in an art-based career to help prepare you for whatever field you choose.

St. Scholastica Alumni have gone on to pursue graduate studies as well as work in design, art direction, architecture, education, art therapy, the fine arts and other fields. Join them in finding a career that allows you to use your passion and creativity in a meaningful way.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Art at St. Scholastica

Whether creating murals, working with visiting artists, traveling to museums or creating their own art exhibitions, students explore art from a wide range of perspectives over the course of their time at the College.

CSS Art challenged, inspired and made me a better artist, professionally and theoretically. It gave me opportunities to be a leader.

Alyssa Swanson

Degree Details

Tuition and Fees

Are You Looking for a Face-to-Face (on-campus) Experience?

St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.

Course Fees

There will be a course materials fee for some classes.


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.




While internships are not mandatory, students are encouraged to seek them. Students have interned at regional arts councils, galleries, museums and advertising agencies.

Career Outlook

Students who majored in art have gone on to work in a variety of professions, including architecture, education, art therapy, graphic design and the fine arts. Others have gone on to pursue graduate degrees. As part of the curriculum, students take a course specifically designed to be successful in an art-based career, ART 4444: Professional Practices.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe and Spanish.

Students walking past a mural painted by Professor Paul LaJeunesse.

Art Opportunities

Started in 2015, the Mural Initiative Project focuses on collaborating with area schools and the broader community to create public murals alongside visiting artists. The project embodies and conveys the belief that art matters. It is a vital part of culture and humanity, a catalyst helping us to understand each other and the world.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.