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Department of Art & Design

Art

Student art on the walls in the drawing studio
Department of Art & Design

Art


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

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.

Art may be the right degree for you if you have:

  • a flair for creativity
  • enjoy working with your hands
  • want to show your talents to the world

Why study art at Northwestern?

Northwestern’s art facilities allow you to explore a variety of art mediums. Expand your skills and portfolio in the drawing classroom, ceramics and painting studios, design lab, and Denler Art Gallery.

UNW Art students take advantage of the thriving art and business industries in nearby Minneapolis and St. Paul. Robust networking and internship opportunities provide a pathway to excel in careers in the arts.

What will I learn?

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

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.
Shaina
Alumni | Department of Art & Design - Class of 2011

Careers in art

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

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Textile design
  • Sculpting, painting, creating art
  • Fashion artist
  • Costume design
  • Floral design
  • Photography or photojournalism
  • Museum technician or conservator
  • Makeup artist
  • Art display designer
  • Merchandise display designer
  • Police sketch artist (forensic artist)
  • Art restoration
  • Studio owner
  • Illustrating/medical illustrating
  • Private art instructor
  • Art sales or gallery management

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Many are self-employed
  • Museums and galleries
  • Local historical societies
  • Craft guilds, arts associations
  • Retail establishments
  • Newspapers and publishing houses
  • Design companies
  • Advertising /public relations firms
  • Photo agencies, studios
  • Commercial firms and corporations
  • Libraries and universities
  • Public and private schools
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Prisons and rehabilitation centers
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Fashion and interior design firms
  • Recreational and after school programs
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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

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • Take coursework (or minor) and gain experience in marketing, business, sales, history, writing or computer technology if the idea of being self-employed is appealing to you. The US Department of Labor reports that 62% of artists are self-employed.
  • Develop excellent technical and computer skills in a variety of platforms and design software to complement your artistic skills and give employment flexibility.
  • Save artwork (and a photographic record of artwork) for a strong portfolio – too much is better than too little. Keep your portfolio both digitally and physically.
  • A bachelor’s degree is valuable for entry-level positions, but an advanced degree is usually necessary to attain competitive, upper-level positions.
  • An art degree can and should be tailored to areas of specialization.

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