About the College - NIU - College of Visual & Performing Arts

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University is a major provider of artistic presentations and services to the region in ways that strengthen student learning and faculty and student artistry and research. 

The College's contributions to the region play a critical role in the continuing richness of its cultural landscape:

  • 30% or more of all exhibitions of contemporary art in museums and galleries in the region annually represent the work of alumni, current faculty, or current students of the School of Art
  • 100% of the professional orchestras in the region have among their personnel alumni, current faculty, or current students of the School of Music.
  • 100% of the major repertory theatre and dance companies in the region have among their personnel alumni, current faculty or students of the School of Theatre and Dance.
  • The vast majority of the college's graduates in art and music education who wish to teach in the public schools find employment - and many of them teach in northern Illinois.