Graduate Studies in Drawing

Billie Giese, M.F.A., University of Kansas

Description of Program:
Drawing is a visual tool for expression, description, and communication. The Drawing Faculty encourage and support students to expand their knowledge of materials, processes, and historic precedents. Drawing today embraces a wide variety of approaches spanning a range from works on paper to virtual modes of representation. The drawing program fosters contemporary approaches to formal and conceptual issues by incorporating new technologies and recent developments in the field with traditional approaches to materials and methods. Students in the drawing program might include, for instance, performance, installation, video, animation and photography in their expanded approach to drawing.

Assistantships and Tuition Waivers: The NIU School of Art and Design offers opportunities for graduate student assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships assigned on a competitive basis, which include full tuition and a monthly stipend. Tuition waivers are also available.

Facilities: Individual studio spaces are provided for each student in the M.F.A. program, In addition to classroom spaces, the main art building houses a full woodworking studio and computer labs that are accessible to students.

Additional Resources: The drawing program is enhanced by an active visiting artist and scholar program, which has hosted lectures and workshops by artists including Robbie Conal, Linda Weintraub, Enrique Chagoya, Jin Soo Kim, Justice Albie Sachs, Flo Oy Wong, Roger Shimomura, Linda Kallan, Duat Vu, and Susan Cheal, among many others. The School of Art as a whole hosts an impressive Visiting Artist and Scholars program. The School contains a large gallery space where professional artists and various student exhibitions are held. A medium size gallery space is designated for graduate student exhibitions. The NIU Art Museum is also present on campus and schedules an ongoing rotation of professional exhibitions and visiting artist events, often in conjunction with the School of Art and Design.

Admissions: The deadline for application to the NIU Graduate School for the School of Art and Design graduate program in studio arts is: February 1.

Application materials and additional information may be obtained from:

School of Art and Design Graduate Programs
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

How to Apply

Telephone: (815) 753‐0292
Fax: (815) 753‐7701


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