NIU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is comprised of three schools, each with award-winning educational programs, exciting performances and exhibits, and outstanding art studios, theatres, practice spaces and concert halls. Students have the opportunity to explore their creativity while receiving support and guidance from our world-renowned faculty.

Famous musicians, artists, actors, dancers and educators are among CVPA’s distinguished alumni. To learn more about how you can start your path to success in the arts, visit our school websites.

If you have general questions about our college, our staff is ready to help.

In The News

Upcoming Events


Join us for the Third Annual CVPA Convocation, February 18!

It's a celebration of the arts at NIU in TWO locations, featuring great performances and work by our students.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Out-of-state tuition rates have been eliminated for U.S. students.

Get your tickets today

Tickets for concerts in the School of Music and performances in the School of Theatre and Dance are on sale now.

You can purchase tickets online or at the door.

School of Music Concert Tickets
School of Theatre and Dance Tickets


For the latest on arts events and news visit the NIU Arts Blog

Contact Us

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Music Building
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

Fax: 815-753-6296