Art Studio and Design at NIU
Bachelor of Fine Arts

You have a vision to share with the world. We'll help bring it to life.

Come create with our faculty of renowned artists, designers and scholars. They'll help build your technical skills while expanding your perspectives on culture and art. You can concentrate in one of many studio and design areas. With our extensive studio and exhibition spaces, you'll have the resources and support to make your vision a reality.

I am pursuing a visual communication major. I decided on this course because when I was a little kid, I loved drawing and creating art. As I grew older, I began to develop a fascination with logos and the meaning and process behind them.

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

When you graduate with your B.F.A. degree, you'll join our network of thousands of alumni with thriving careers in art and design. Depending on your interests, you can pursue your artistic passions in a variety of fields and roles.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Advertising
  • Art direction
  • Brand awareness
  • Graphic design
  • Logo design
  • Web design

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Business
  • Design
  • Education
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media

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Career Potential for NIU Art Studio and Design Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Abbott
  • Accenture
  • Apple
  • Allstate
  • Chamberlain Group
  • Home Depot

Job titles include:

  • Artist
  • Creative director
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Product designer
  • UX designer

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

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

You’ll start by taking foundational courses in several art and design areas, as well as art history and general education courses. Then, you’ll choose an area to concentrate in:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber
  • Illustration
  • Metalwork, jewelry design and digital fabrication
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Time arts (animation, video)
  • Visual communication (graphic design)
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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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