The Art + Design Department offers three sequences leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree (Studio Art, Art History, and K-12) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. The fundamental objective of the programs in the Art + Design Department is to provide and promote a knowledge and understanding of the visual arts. All of our programs prepare students to pursue graduate school, careers in the fine and applied arts, teaching, and lifelong learning.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a concentration in Studio Art gives students hands-on exposure to a variety of skills, both analytic and technical, in order to help students express concepts visually. Students choose an emphasis in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Art + Technology, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Photography or Printmaking.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Art with a concentration in Art History introduces students to numerous periods of art, cultural and historical events, visual means of expression and communication, and research methods.

  • The Art Education program prepares students to teach the visual arts in a K-12 environment, and upholds state and national performance standards.

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is an applied arts program with a focus on the development of visual solutions to communication problems, and offers students guided hands-on experience in the creation of visual messages in print and electronic media. 


The Department of Art + Design programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

How to Become a Major or Minor

To declare a major or minor in one of our programs, you must contact the Art + Design Department at (773) 442-4910 to discuss your interests, needs and program requirements.

Visit Northeastern's Admissions site for requirements and application info. The Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer students with transitioning to our campus.


We have several advisors to assist you with transcripts, audits, transfer credits, course selection, career options, or any questions and concerns you may have. Once you declare your Art + Design major, you will be assigned to one of the following faculty members as your primary contact:

Northeastern’s Academic Advising Center will help you fulfill general education requirements.


The Art + Design Department offers an Art + Design Merit Scholarship for declared Art (Studio or Art History) and Graphic Design majors at all levels. Applicants are required to submit a complete application along with examples of their work. Please review all information and guidelines before submitting your application. If you have any questions, please contact Art + Design at (773) 442-4910. Other Scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences or the University are also available for students in the Art + Design Department.


Located in the Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Center, our studio spaces accommodate the range of art courses offered at Northeastern: sculpture, printmaking, art + technology, photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, letterpress and graphic design. All of our facilities are state of the art with the required safety standards in place.

Clubs and Organizations

The NEIU Artists and Designers Association provides the opportunity to develop your portfolio and expand your professional and creative experiences. Juried student shows, visiting artists and group critiques are a few events held for members at each monthly meeting. Explore other clubs through the Office of Student Leadership and Development, which houses chartered clubs and organizations to meet the interests of students on campus. Joining a club is one of the many extracurricular things to do while at Northeastern.

Additional Opportunities


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, art centers and non-profit organizations.


Looking to go beyond local opportunities? The Art + Design Department organizes annual educational trips to areas in Italy, Peru or China. Find out more about international trips.