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NIU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is comprised of three schools, each with award-winning educational programs, exciting performances and exhibits, and outstanding art studios, theatres, practice spaces and concert halls. Students have the opportunity to explore their creativity while receiving support and guidance from our world-renowned faculty.

Famous musicians, artists, actors, dancers and educators are among CVPA’s distinguished alumni. To learn more about how you can start your path to success in the arts, visit our school websites.

If you have general questions about our college, our staff is ready to help.


Out-of-state tuition rates have been eliminated for U.S. students.

Check out the latest on the renovations to the Stevens Building.

Stay up to date with everything going on in NIU's College of Visual and Performing Arts by reading the brand new Arts Blog, featuring events, students, faculty, alumni, cool videos and much more. 

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College of Visual and Performing Arts
Music Building
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Fax: 815-753-6296