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Director's Message

Welcome to the School of Art and Design at SIU Carbondale!

The internationally and nationally recognized faculty of the School of Art and Design is committed to providing affordable, accessible, high quality art and design education to a diverse student body. Our NASAD accredited undergraduate degree programs provide insight into the practice, history, and theory of fine art, crafts, and design and prepares our undergraduate students to enter the workforce and/or graduate school. The graduate degree program prepares students to become leaders in the fields of art and design while also preparing them for teaching appointments in higher education.

Located near the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois, we offer a Bachelor’s of Art in Art degree with specializations in Art Education and Art History; a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with specializations in Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Communication Design, Drawing, Glass, Industrial Design, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and General Studio. Our Master of Fine Arts degree program offers areas of emphasis in 2D (Drawing, Painting and Printmaking), Ceramics, Design, Glass, Metalsmithing and Blacksmithing, and Sculpture.

Come and take advantage of the unique landscape of Southern Illinois, work closely with active and engaged faculty, and make friends and future colleagues with other creative students who have chosen the School of Art and Design as their home base for shaping the future of art and design and their role in it.

This is an exciting time to be an artist or a designer, and we want to work, create, and make art and design with you. I encourage you to visit campus or start applying today. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school at or (+001) 618/453-4315.

Robert A. Lopez
Interim Director, School of Art and Design
Associate Professor, Design