Art Department

Here you will find skilled and supportive faculty and an arts environment that is intellectually and creatively stimulating.


We're here to help you learn and grow through a mix of foundational study and explorative research. Our faculty provide the environment and tools necessary to help you along your path of exploration and visual problem-solving as you discover new ideas, creative insights and imaginative expressions. In addition to drawing and design courses, you'll take four semesters of art history and have an opportunity to explore myriad mediums during your academic tenure here.

Art and artists thrive here. Northern is a strong liberal arts university with the resources and facilities to offer you excellent educational opportunities in the visual arts. Our undergraduate programs are taught by dedicated faculty who help you find your place in the world of art and reach your full potential. ​

Philosophy

Artists create visions and insights that mirror how we live and engage each other within a culture. Through a keen sense of visual acuity, intuition and concentration, we create visual insights into problems and expressions that are shared with the community so life can be more informed and meaningful. In a continual search for quality, the work guides us toward revealing new ideas, creative insights and imaginative expressions of what it means to be human. We provide the environment and the tools to help our students along this path of exploration.

A degree from Northern's art department prepares you for careers in graphic design, visual fine arts and art education.

First-Rate Facilities

Northern has one of the nicest art studios in the state, and seniors have the opportunity to work in a private studio. Our facilities recently have undergone a $1.4 million upgrade.