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Dickinson State University


A Small School with a Big Impact

Marilyn Lee, Fine Arts Department Chair at Dickinson State University

Marilyn Lee, Fine Arts Department Chair at Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University (DSU) in North Dakota offers individualized attention, a 12:1 student to teacher ratio, and a wide variety of student opportunities. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts prepares students for successful careers in the visual arts, theatre, music, and communication.

“Every year our theatre students go to a competition at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and they continue to perform extremely well in this very competitive program,” said Chair of Fine and Performing Arts, Marilyn Lee. “We are a small school and yet our students are competing against graduate students from much larger university programs. They are able to excel.”

Art Entrepreneurship

Art professionals know that a career in fine arts requires more than raw talent. The Art Entrepreneurship degree combines a program in visual arts with a minor from the business department. Next year, the program is taking this innovative degree to the next level, allowing students to select either a fine arts or graphic design track.


There is nothing like experiential learning to solidify a student’s skills. For that reason, internships are promoted both within the university and in a wide range of external positions. Students intern at the campus gallery and are eligible for internships with the Dickinson Museum Center and building a diverse skill set. Students pursuing teaching careers are placed in local schools.

Another opportunity is with a DSU alumnus, Tom Bollinger, who is now a successful sculptor in Arizona. He offers summer internships at his Arizona foundry. A recent communication 2016 graduate, Madison Rhoades, received the Merit Award for Excellence in Stage Management for her outstanding work as a stage manager from the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Students have also been cast in professional ensembles in the nearby Medora Musical.

An International Experience

Students come from 25 different countries, including Nepal, Bangladesh, India, and South Korea. International students gather regularly with faculty and community members at Global Table to share their cultures and educational experiences.

One of the most active and diverse clubs on campus is the DSU Spanish Club. It integrates students, staff, and community members for language exchange, cultural events, and activities. This dynamic group is always excited to welcome new members, and serves as a touchstone for many students.

International Students

International students are encouraged to complete the International Programs Questionnaire as well as the DSU Heritage Foundation scholarship application for the Awards Committee.

Download the How to apply for International Students sheet and submit to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

English Language Requirements

Please note Dickinson State University’s English Proficiency requirements as a minimum of a 71 on TOEFL or 6.0 on IELTS.

Dickinson State can also look at the SAT writing section to determine English proficiency. The scores are as follows: OLD SAT- 430 or higher
New SAT- 400 on evidence based reading and writing

Please contact Dickinson State University if you have questions!


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