Art and Design Education at NIU
Bachelor of Science in Education

Share the transformative power of artistic expression.

If you value artistic expression and enjoy introducing people to new perspectives, consider studying art and design education. You'll learn how to work with diverse students and cultures, while advocating for art's importance in education and communities. Join us as we harness the power of art to change the world, one student at a time.

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What Can I Do With an Art and Design Education Degree From NIU?

When you graduate, you'll be ready to teach art in grades K-12 and community settings. You'll also have career opportunities in museum and gallery management, as well as higher education.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Drawing
  • Graphic design
  • Leadership
  • Teaching

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit

Career Potential for NIU Art and Design Education Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Hinckley-Big Rock High School
  • Illinois Community College System
  • Rockford Public Schools
  • St. Charles Community Unit School District 303
  • The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
  • Wallace Stegner Academy

Job titles include:

  • Art teacher/instructor
  • Design manager
  • Editorial and art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Production manager

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as an Art and Design Education Major at NIU

You’ll learn leadership skills, cultural understanding and more from our internationally recognized faculty members, who specialize in a variety of artistic disciplines. You’ll also have opportunities to build relationships and engage in real-world learning through classes, workshops, summer camps and other events and programs.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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