Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

The graduate program in art is comprehensive, leading to specialized areas of study in the fine arts, design, art education, and art history. Graduate faculty and students have distinguished the program with their many awards, honors, and professional accomplishments. The graduate studio faculty, students, and alumni continue to influence the arts regionally, nationally, and internationally. Their work appears regularly in regional and national juried and invitational shows and is exhibited in leading galleries in Chicago, New York, as well as other urban centers both in this country and abroad. Faculty in both art education and art history have published extensively and assumed leadership positions in regional, national, and international professional organizations. In the graduate program, faculty expertise is supplemented by visiting artists and scholars and by Graduate Colloquium speakers who are eminent in their disciplines. Students benefit from study at a major university with extensive library resources, cross-cultural programs, a multi-disciplinary atmosphere, and frequent performances by guest artists and groups in dance, music, and theater. Moreover, the university's proximity to the Chicago metropolitan area facilitates use of its libraries, galleries, museums, theaters, and other cultural resources.

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Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Art
School of Art
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Telephone: (815) 753‐0292
Fax: (815) 753‐7701

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Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Art

Specialization in Art Education 
under the Doctor of Education 
in Curriculum and Instruction

Master's Programs

Master of Arts in Art (Studio)
Master of Arts in Art (Art History)
Master of Fine Arts in Art 
Master of Science in Art(Art Education)


Certificate program

Interdisciplinary Certificate
of Graduate Study in
Museum Studies 

Areas of Study

Art + Design Education
Art History
Time Arts