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Introduction 

The studio art major provides a strong foundation in art history, introduces students to a wide variety of art media, and allows the student to have an extended concentration in a single medium. Students majoring in this program have the opportunity to show their work in multiple student exhibitions each semester, including a holiday exhibition and the juried student exhibition in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. Twenty-four-hour access to Art Department studios is available to studio art majors seven days a week.

Admission to the Program 

To declare the studio art major, you must contact the department chair, Mark McKernin, at m-mckernin@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4943 to discuss your interests, needs and program requirements.

 

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students and returning veterans to transition to Northeastern.

 

Degree Requirements 

All Northeastern students must meet the graduation requirements in order to successfully complete their degree, including completion of 120 hours of coursework with satisfactory grades.

 

Studio majors are required to complete 54 credit hours of coursework (listed below) and, in addition, are required to complete 39 credit hours of General Education requirements. This allows for 27 credit hours of coursework in electives. Art Department advisors can help students choose electives that will maximize their educational and professional opportunities.

 

Courses 

Required Core Courses     15 credits

ART-106     Art History I     3 credits

ART-107     Art History II     3 credits

ART-120     Drawing I     3 credits

ART-130     Two-Dimensional Design     3 credits

ART-140     Three-Dimensional Design     3 credits

 

Twelve 200-level Courses     10 credits

ART-201     Contemporary Art     3 credits

ART-220     Drawing II     3 credits

ART-234     Color     3 credits

ART-292     WIP: Professional Practices     1 credit

 

Three 200-level Courses     Choose three of the following:     9 credits

ART-230     Introduction to Painting     3 credits

ART-240     Introduction to Sculpture     3 credits

ART-250     Introduction to Printmaking     3 credits

ART-261     Introduction to Photography     3 credits

ART-270     Introduction to Ceramics     3 credits

ART-273     Introduction to Metals/Jewelry     3 credits

ART-281     Introduction to Design     3 credits

ART-282     Introduction to Computer Graphics     3 credits

 

Eight 300-level Courses     20 credits

ART-300     Three 300-level Studio Art (in concentration to be selected in consultation with your advisor)     9 credits

ART-300     Two 300-level Art History (to be selected with your advisor)     6 credits

ART-392a     WIP: Professional Practices     1 credit

ART-392b     WIP: Professional Practices     1 credit

ART-300     One Art Elective     3 credits

 

Total     54 credits

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

We encourage students to plan out their academic schedule. Whether you seek to graduate within four or five years or attend two or three courses per year, we will help you make a plan that fits your needs. Below is a sample schedule:

 

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

Gen Ed     

Elective     

Elective     

Elective     

Elective     

Elective     

Elective     

Elective     

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

Gen Ed

300 AH

300 AH

ART-106

ART-107

ART-140

200 Art

200 Art

200 Art

300 Art

200 Art

ART-120

ART-130

200 Art

200 Art

200 Art

300 Art

300 Art

 

 

ART-292

ART-392a

ART-392b

Senior show

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

15 credits

16 credits

16 credits

16 credits

12 credits

Opportunities 

Local

 

Throughout Chicago and the surrounding area, internship opportunities are available at many companies, museums and organizations. We encourage and support each student to seek and apply for positions at museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, local galleries and art centers such as Brickton Art Center and Dubbhe Carreno Gallery, and non-profit organizations such as the North River Commission and North Branch Project.

 

Global

 

Looking to go beyond local opportunities? The Art Department organizes annual educational trips to areas in Italy, Peru or China. Find out where we’re going next.

Careers & Employment 

The department supports the pursuit of a professional career in studio art. Career opportunities are available in a variety of industries and subfields. Through our program you can become a book artist, graphic designer, mural artist, art administrator, ceramic artist, photographer, art buyer, photojournalist, art conservator, art consultant, art critic, illustrator, art director, sculptor, art exhibition coordinator, Web designer, jewelry designer, silkscreen artist, art therapist or assistant curator. Our faculty can provide you with more information to fit your specific needs.

Program Contact Information 

If you are interested in pursuing a studio art major at Northeastern, please contact Mark McKernin at m-mckernin@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4943.

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