Welcome to the Department of Art Theory & Practice (AT&P) at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. The department has both an undergraduate program, offering a baccalaureate degree, and a graduate program, offering a Masters of Fine Arts degree.

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director of undergraduate studies: Michael Rakowitz

Our department believes in the inherent unity between the practice and theory of art. Beyond the development of skills and training in techniques, the study of art involves gaining both an understanding of visual thinking and an awareness of the histories, issues and concepts that bear on the direction and role of the visual arts in our culture today.

Most of our courses are designed to serve all students regardless of their major area of study. AT&P enrolls about 40-60 undergraduate art majors, while approximately 1,000 non-majors take our classes every year. Our undergraduate courses cover both traditional approaches and newer media and alternative strategies. Painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography form the core of the undergraduate curriculum, giving students the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the field's traditions and established media. The department also looks forward to experimental approaches and future developments in visual art making. We incorporate digital technology, video and conceptual art practice into our curriculum, thus blending newer trends with established practices. Also integral to our program are seminars in art theory, as well as critique classes in which enrolled students present new work for prolonged, in-depth analysis by the class. By the senior year, each department major is encouraged to elaborate his or her own self-motivated, individual studio practice in which artworks are produced independently of classroom assignments.

how to get into an at&p class
We realize how difficult it is for students to get into our undergraduate classes, but we encourage you to try. Every quarter, although our classes start off full, students drop out and we end the quarter under-enrolled. Here's what you do: 1.sign up for the wait list on CAESAR 2. go to the first class (no matter how long the wait list) 3. if you don't get in at the first class meeting, go to the second class. If you have any questions, contact Maura Costa, department assistant.

undergraduate studios
To insure safety and security, undergraduate work areas in 640 Lincoln St. are available only to students enrolled in AT&P courses. Rooms are locked when not in use; see technician for access (technician location posted at 640 Lincoln St, Rm 104).

Josh Ippel
640 Lincoln St, Rm 104

studio hours
Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm
Friday 11am-5pm
Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm