Welcome to the School of Art

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Welcome to the School of Art. The School of Art is one of the largest in the country, offering undergraduate, masters-level, and doctoral level degree programs. Students enjoy working relationships with many of the 41 outstanding faculty who are art world leaders maintaining significant exhibition and publication records and serving in major national and international leadership positions. A tradition of excellence in achievement is the hallmark of our graduates. 

A degree from NIU is a passport for success in employment in the visual arts industries and in gaining acceptance to continuing education in the best institutions in the country and abroad. Graduates from the NIU School of Art find rewarding jobs in multiple arts fields including education, museums and galleries; graphic, environmental, and product design; marketing; illustration; digital media; entertainment; and private artistic practice. 

Faculty and graduate student research has garnered many grants and awards including Mellon and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Fulbright Research Award, NEH Research Grants, and Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Awards. In 2008 the school was awarded the NIU International Department of the Year award for its contribution to international education. The recently approved PhD program in art and design education is one of very few doctoral programs in the country located within a School of Art.