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Art and Theatre Department 
Spafford Hall 206
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2514
Fax: 605-626-2263
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Welcome to the Art Department

NSU's art facilities are undergoing a $1.4 million upgrade. Click HERE to learn more and see the renovations in progress.

Art at NSU
The NSU Art Department is intellectually and creatively stimulating.  Whether you study photography, painting or web design, you will find an arts environment that nurtures and fuels your creativity.
Our degree programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).  In fact, we offer the only NASAD-accredited liberal arts BA and BSED art programs in South Dakota.
As a Northern art student, you'll learn and grow through a mix of foundational study and explorative research. You'll be supported throughout your search for quality as you reveal new ideas, creative insights and imaginative expressions. Faculty members provide the environment and tools necessary to help you along your path of exploration and visual problem-solving.
Northern has one of the nicest art studios in the state, and seniors have the opportunity to work in a private studio.
A degree from Northern's art department prepares you for careers in advertising design, graphic design, visual fine arts and art education.
In addition to foundational drawing and design courses, you'll take 4 semesters of art history and have an opportunity to explore myriad mediums during your studies here. 
Art and artists thrive here. Northern is a strong liberal arts university with the resources and facilities to offer you excellent educational opportunities in the visual arts. Our undergraduate programs are taught by dedicated faculty who help you find their place in the world of art and reach your full potential.


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Artists create visions and insights that mirror how we live and engage each other within a culture. Through a keen sense of visual acuity, intuition and concentration, we create visual insights into problems and expressions that are shared with the community so life can be more informed and meaningful. In a continual search for quality, the work guides us toward revealing new ideas, creative insights and imaginative expressions of what it means to be human. We provide the environment and the tools to help our students along this path of exploration.