Art + Design Education

New Online Masters Classes
in Fall 2015!

In addition to our on-site undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs, we are excited to provide online courses for our Master's Degree!


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Award-winning Faculty and Staff
as Your Instructors

Internationally recognized and academically diverse professors provide students with a comprehensive, real-world art education that prepares them for leadership in the workforce.


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How to Apply to Our
A+D Education Programs

Whether you want to become an art teacher or if you want to pursue cutting-edge ideas and increase your knowledge and skills through higher education, we have what you want!


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330 Gilbert Drive, Room 210
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Northern Illinois University Art + Design Education

Art + Design Education at Northern Illinois University is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world. Its research-focused faculty explores curriculum and learning outcomes related to visual culture, contemporary technology, assessment, indigenous studies, critical pedagogy, e-portfolio development, media studies and international educational teaching and research. Instruction focuses on meeting the myriad challenges of today's schools including student engagement with critical thinking, self-directed learning, Common Core, visual literacy, and STEAM.

NIU Art + Design Education students are committed to excelling as practitioners, scholars, and creative risk takers who build on their own strengths as they develop skills to advocate for art as essential to learning across diverse settings. Together, faculty and students work to improve educational practice, in both schools and communities, to produce visually literate children and adults.

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