• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Billings, MT, United States
Students of the Art program from Montana State University Billings explore their research interests through developing visual language and critical thinking skills. With small class sizes and easy access to studios, students emerge as professionals boasting solo exhibitions and ready to enter creative fields or seek higher degrees.
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The mission of the Department of Art at Montana State University Billings is to educate students in the understanding, production, and analysis of visual art and culture. This educational process includes the development of technical, conceptual and art historical awareness; the development or furtherance of visual and tactile insight; the development of appropriate verbal and written skills; and the fostering of professional attitudes and goals. 

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to face the challenges and diverse career opportunities that exist within the discipline and to give students the knowledge, practical skills, and maturity of critical thinking that is necessary to embark on study at higher levels.


Northcutt-Steele Gallery on the MSU Billings campusWhile many artists go on to become self-employed by producing and marketing their own art work, others find work inside organizations as designers, craftspeople, or technicians. 

Our graduates have become successful small business owners such as printers, artists/craftsmen, graphic designers, as well as museum workers, curators, gallery workers, educators and administrators. The Art program from Montana State University Billings offers a career oriented seminar with guest speakers from the art community in Billings as a means of educating and preparing students for real world activities and the competition to survive in it.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Art History 
  • Visual Theory and Criticism 
  • Studio Safety 
  • Visual Language-Drawing 
  • Visual Language- 2-D Foundations 
  • Visual Language- 3-D Foundations 
  • Introduction to Professional Practices 
  • Advanced Professional Practices 
  • Senior Project/Capstone 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • ACT composite score of 22 or
  • SAT combined math and verbal score of 1030 or
  • 2.5 grade point average or
  • Rank in the upper half of your high school graduating class

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19245 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Montana Residents1940$ per 1-5 creditsNon-Residents5220$ per 1-5 credits

Living costs for Billings

  • 945 - 1960 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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