• Northland art student

    Studio Art & Graphic Design

Unleash your creativity.

If you have the courage to explore your potential as an artist, we have the faculty and facilities to help you discover your passion, hone your skills, and build your confidence as an artist. We strive to foster creativity and critical thinking through studio arts and graphic design. Our program allows you to find your voice, produce work, and find an audience through art shows or local venues and as part of a community of artists.

After learning the history and basics of various artistic mediums, you will be encouraged to explore the depths of your creativity and potential as you develop visual literacy and problem-solving as well as foster an appreciation for craftsmanship and communication. If you seek to create something beautiful and meaningful, Northland College is your home.


“As soon as I arrived on campus, I heard a voice. Not the typical spoken voice, but the silent voice from your gut. ‘You are home’ is what it said Cait Irwin ’03, Artist

Program Emphasis Options

  • Studio Art

    Studio art fosters creativity and critical thinking through an understanding of the practice and history of the arts. Through this program, you will be encouraged to see how your own creative endeavors relate to other disciplines within the liberal art.

  • Graphic Design

    Graphic design explores graphics through project-based curricula in both traditional and digital design including publication design, branding and identity, advertising, web, and interactive media,

  • Discover Your Artistic Style

    Our diverse range of classes help you discover which type of artist you are destined to be. You will explore mediums like drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic and web design, photography, and more.

Why Northland?

Experiential Learning

An education at Northland involves more than just sitting in lecture halls. We combine classroom learning with immersive field studies and opportunities within the community to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Our career-focused curriculum will provide you with the tools and confidence to succeed in anything you do.

Access to Financial Aid

Think all private colleges are expensive? Think again. With 99% of all Northland College students receiving some form of financial aid, you can receive a private school education at a public school price.

Proven Outcomes

A degree from Northland is your pathway to opportunity. Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to personally invest in your success, and the results of this approach speak for themselves. 93.5% of our recent graduates are employed or in graduate school.

Full-Spectrum Sustainability

At Northland, we live our sustainability mission every day. Going green is a part of everything we do as an institution and everything you’ll do as a student—from how you’ll live, to what you’ll learn, and ways you can contribute.

Live & Learn in a Natural World

Our location in Ashland, WI, a small, safe community of just over 8,000 tucked along the south shore of Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and over a million acres of national forest, creates truly unique educational and recreational experiences.

Work with the Best & Brightest

Our faculty are passionate about learning—and not just student learning. They are dedicated learners and scholars, and that shines through in the classroom and in the field. And they’re more than just teachers. They are mentors who often establish life-long relationships with students.

Ready to take the next step?

Get in touch to learn more and start planning your journey at Northland College.

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