Studio Specializations

Studio specializations are offered in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each of these areas is instructed by at least one faculty member considered to be a specialist in that creative discipline. 


We strive to cultivate a community of individuals with diverse interests and skills and to foster collaboration between all mediums. A broad range of concepts, materials, techniques, and equipment within the context of contemporary culture and art practices are explored.


Through traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, students work with a variety of materials and processes to solve visual problems and understand formal and conceptual concerns related to the discipline.

Graphic Design

The graphic design program at Minnesota State Mankato will help you develop the conceptual, visual, and technical skills needed to enter the design profession with confidence. We offer several content areas, including branding, editorial, web, and motion design.


 In installation art, students explore a variety of formal and conceptual approaches and a diverse range of materials while creating works that engage with the site and audience.


The engagement of materials and practices exploring differing approaches and philosophies described as painting.  This includes contemporary models and historical precedents.


We explore photography as art and emphasize creative problem-solving strategies and visual literacy. Course studies include digital and darkroom processes, camera workings, image editing, lighting, and final print refinement.


The print studio consists of a pressroom, classroom, digital lab, darkroom, and a combination space for silkscreen washout/etching baths. We teach stone and plate lithography, silkscreen, relief, intaglio, letterpress, digital processes, as well as digital/manual processes.


Through hands-on experimentation, our students learn to develop their own individual concepts while confronting the pragmatic issues of building and material exploration.