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Welcome to the School of Art and Design (SoAD) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale!

The School of Art and Design is an inventive place where many fields of the fine arts and the liberal arts come together to share inspiration.  Artists and designers combining traditional methods of creating with technology have made previously unimaginable concepts wholly possible.  This idea serves as a home to artists and designers whose practices encompass this developing complementary approach; a home to creative thinkers who imagine the future and critical thinkers who question the direction of humanity; a home to a community that critiques, engages, and synthesizes constantly changing technology, viewpoints, and culture into their vision and craft.

Our faculty and students take part in this creative inquiry and are frequently risk-takers, challenging commonly held beliefs. With the support of the creative and critical inquiry that we uphold, our students are able to pursue their vision, communicate with targeted audiences, and impact the global community.

Our Art and Design faculty are all practicing artists and scholars, who provide an intense, professional learning environment where students enjoy close ties with their instructors and each other.  Students, faculty, and staff contribute regularly to the University and to Carbondale’s creative communities. 

The School of Art and Design offers programs leading to BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in a variety of areas, including Art EducationArt HistoryCeramicsCommunication DesignDrawingGlassIndustrial DesignMetalsmithingPaintingPrintmaking, and Sculpture.  Our 300 undergraduate majors combine intensive study in their areas of professional specialization with rigorous liberal arts coursework offered by the University Core Curriculum.

The Graduate Program, attracting students from both the US and abroad, has been nationally recognized by US News and World Report as a premier institution for graduate education in art.

I am proud of the School of Art and Design, and thrilled to be its director. There aren’t many places like this. I know you will feel the same way. Come out for a visit, or give us a call.  Read this material and explore our website; we are here to get you started and answer any questions you might have, so don’t hesitate to contact us: email: adoffice@siu.edu • phone: (+001) 618 453-4315.

Marie Bukowski
Director