The art major fosters creativity and critical thinking through an understanding of the practice and history of the studio arts. Students develop visual literacy and problem-solving skills to explore confidently the many avenues of technical and creative expression, and to develop an appreciation for craftsmanship. Through such experiences students are also encouraged to see how their own creative endeavors relate to other disciplines within the liberal arts.

Northland graduates have pursued graduate school as well as careers as independent artists, photographers, educators, graphic artists, art conservators, and gallery owners.