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. ​


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.

Senior Art Exhibitions

Art students: Planning your senior art exhibition? Contact the School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497 with questions - and don't forget to fill out the Art Exhibition Form so the Communications and Marketing Department can send a press release on your behalf!

Northern Art Galleries
Visiting Artist Program
Clinics, Camps and Workshops
Sculpture Program
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. Tour our Mac lab in Dacotah Hall or our Arts Studio in Spafford Hall.

Our Mission

The mission of the Northern State University Department of Art is to provide educational experiences and quality instruction in the understanding, production, and performance of the arts.  These educational activities are intended to fit the needs of students seeking general and liberal education goals, as well as those planning to prepare for teaching or professional careers in the arts.  Within the framework of the School of Fine Arts, the Department of Art serves as the visual arts component, whose primary function is specifically towards the education and training of students majoring in art.