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M.S. and Ph.D. in Art and Design Education Application Instructions

M.S. in Art and Design Education

Our M.S. in Art and Design Education requires a minimum of 30 semesters hours for graduate students wishing to pursue advanced research and/or certification to teach art in a K-12 classroom. 

Whether you are in pursuit of a K-12 licensure in art education, or if you already have a degree and are now looking to expand your skills, you can increase your knowledge and continue your professional development within the field of art education. NIU’s Art and Design Education Program offers a comprehensive, supportive and diverse opportunities to create, learn and grow. 

To learn more about the M.S. in Art and Design Education, contact our M.S. Advisor in Art and Design Education, Kryssi Staikidis at kstaikidis@niu.edu or 815-753-8388.

Ph.D. in Art and Design Education

Our Ph.D. in Art and Design Education is a 60 semester hour program that prepares you conduct, research, improve your teaching and become an active leader in your field. Our program emphasizes research, theory, philosophical development, discovery and application of new knowledge about art and visual culture. 

To learn more about the Ph.D. in Art and Design Education, contact our Ph.D. Advisor in Art and Design Education, Kerry Freedman, Ph.D. at kfreedman@niu.edu or 815-753-7879.


Application Instructions

Deadlines

Deadline for Fall Entry Rolling Admissions (for Priority Consideration): March 1 – Graduate Admission with Assistantship

Deadline for Spring Entry Rolling Admissions (for Priority Consideration): November 1 – Gradate Admission Only

Step 1: Apply via the Graduate School

Your application will include:
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of purpose/goals

    NOTE:  The GRE is not required for an M.S. in Art and Design Education
Apply to the Graduate School

Step 2: Send the Following Materials to the School of Art and Design

  1. Graduate Assistantship Application

  2. School of Art and Design Graduate Assistantship Questionnaire

  3. Email a writing sample as a PDF to the Graduate Coordinator at artgradcoordinator@niu.edu

  4. TOEFL (international applicants)

  5. Portfolio 

    1. Submit 15 works with a minimum of eight drawings that demonstrate basic studio skills such as drawing from observation, color theory and composition. 

      Images of work should be submitted with a resolution of 300 dpi, with the longest dimension no more than 10 inches (~2000 pixels). The JPEG and PNG formats are acceptable.  All images are to be labeled to correspond with the information sheet. PowerPoint presentations are not accepted.

      All submissions must be accompanied by an information sheet (PDF file) containing the name of the applicant and a list of images with title, medium, dimensions and date.

    2. Submit up to three time-based media works

      Acceptable file types include Quicktime MOV, MP4, AVI formats, personal URLs, Vimeo or YouTube

      All submissions must be accompanied by an information sheet (PDF file) containing the name of the applicant and a list of images with title, medium, dimensions, date and technical requirements if needed.

Electronic delivery of materials is preferred; alternatively, you can submit your materials physically via a USB or CD/DVD media. Applicants will receive an email with directions on uploading their work via the internet once their initial application is received.

Mail materials to:

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
School of Art and Design
Northern Illinois University
330 Gilbert Drive
DeKalb, IL  60115

Contact Us

School of Art and Design
Jack Arends Building, Room 215
815-753-1473
Fax: 815-753-7701
artanddesigninfo@niu.edu

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