Choose from three concentrations

Faculty as Active Artists

As practicing artists who actively produce and exhibit work, faculty foster your artistic and personal growth while helping you build community with your classmates. They also draw on connections to bring professional artists to jury student shows, exhibit their work, talk to classes, and meet with students. Meet our Art Department faculty.

Gallery Locations
Gallery Locations

Carlson Tower Art Gallery and Brandel Library both feature the work of students, faculty, and emerging and established artists. Students also have opportunities to participate in juried shows and work as gallery assistants, collaborating with classmates and faculty to curate exhibits. Each spring the Carlson Tower Gallery is home to our Senior Art Show, displaying the work of graduating students.

Internships in Art

Get hands-on experience to enhance your studio and classroom training. Faculty draw on their connections and knowledge of the dynamic Chicago art scene to help you land an internship that suits your interests. Art majors have interned at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Field Museum, the Museum of Surgical Science, Tony Wight Gallery, Leo Burnett, and the Evangelical Covenant Church denominational offices.

Why Study Art?

The study and practice of art provides the opportunity to express your creativity and become a strong communicator who considers new ideas, takes criticism well, completes projects, and works both independently and in groups. These skills will prepare you for careers in many settings, including schools, museums, galleries, nonprofits, hospitals, and advertising and graphic design agencies.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

We offer a close-knit community that will inspire your creativity and promote your artistic development through specialized coursework taught by professional faculty-artists, well-equipped labs that enhance your technical skills, and broad engagement with on-campus galleries and Chicago’s world-class art scene. Choose from three concentrations: curatorial studies, fine arts, and graphic design; or pursue a pre-professional track in art therapy.

Art Therapy
  • Be prepared to apply for a graduate degree in the healing powers of art through our pre-professional track, which combines art and psychology courses.
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Curatorial Studies
  • Learn how to form a collection and bring art exhibitions to life along while you prepare for graduate study in art history or work in a museum, gallery, or institutional archive.
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Fine Arts
  • Gain historical knowledge of art, technical training in different art forms, and the ability to become a thoughtful artist, ready to practice or pursue graduate study.
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Graphic Design
  • Become a visual communicator, able to use your creativity and technical skills to carry projects from idea to reality in a professional environment.
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