Main Office

Northern Illinois University
Jack Arends Building
330 Gilbert Drive
Room 210
DeKalb, Illinois 60115


Phone: 815.753.1474

Contact Information

Art + Design Education
Division Head

Dr. Richard Siegesmund
Phone: 815.753.7880

Ph.D. Advisor

Dr. Kerry Freedman
Phone: 815.753.7879

Master's Advisor

Dr. Kryssi Staikidis
Phone: 815.753.8388

Related Links

NIU School of Art and Design
NIU Graduate School
Resources for International Students

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Contact Connie at 815.753.1474

Jack Arends Building
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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