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Prepare for a career in studio production while developing your creative process and techniques. You'll explore a variety of media, including drawing, ceramics, printmaking, sculpting, and painting. You'll also study concepts in art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.
Faith is the foundation of who we are and it fuels what we do. God’s creative work in our lives gives us the confidence to use our struggles as inspiration, to fuel our creative fire and point back to Him. You can learn how the joy, hardships, and discovery in your faith can produce remarkable results in your own work.
We have facilities available for you to explore your creative side. Our department houses a drawing classroom, ceramics studio, painting studio, and a design lab. You may feature your art in the student gallery for the public to view. Faculty, who are artists themselves, encourage you to compile samples of your work for a professional portfolio to show prospective clients and employers.
With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving art and business industries. Other opportunities include field trips to major art and design centers, like the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Swedish Institute to view others’ work and be inspired.
If you have a flair for creativity, enjoy working with your hands, and want to show your talents to the world, this might be the right degree for you.
Since graduating Northwestern in 2011, I’ve earned an MFA in Ceramics from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My work has been represented by Stuart & Company Gallery since the summer of 2014 and I help manage Skybox Studios, an artist collective and studio in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.
Throughout my time at Northwestern, I was regularly encouraged by the professors to not wait until after graduation to begin my career as a designer. I viewed class projects as future portfolio pieces, networked with other creatives, and used skills the program equipped me with outside of the classroom. My professors were invested in my success as a designer and acted as a valuable resource that accelerated my path towards landing a year-long internship before my senior year and after graduating, my position with Mayo Clinic. Working collaboratively with copywriters, artists, photographers, and marketing managers has enriched my skills.
of art graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare
of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern