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Department of Art & Design

Art

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate
125 credits
Required for Program
Prepare for a career in studio production by developing your creative process and artistic techniques in studio areas such as drawing, ceramics, printmaking, sculpting, and painting. The art program introduces you to a variety of media as well as concepts in aesthetics, art history, and art criticism. This degree also lays the foundation for further graduate study.
93%
of art graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
96%
of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare
90%
of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern

Why study art at Northwestern?

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.

What will you learn?

You will develop an appreciation for aesthetics, become detail oriented, and learn to solve problems.

Some classes include:

  • Drawing
  • Design Concepts
  • 19th and 20th Century Art History
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
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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.
Department of Art & Design, 2011

Careers in art

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in art.

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Department of Art & Design
Totino Fine Arts Center, F3380
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113
651-628-3399
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