NASADWelcome to the School of Art & Design



The School of Art & Design has been a leader in the preparation of distinguished artists and art educators for over 100 years. The rigor and quality of our program is reflected in our NASAD accreditation (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).

Whether students are seeking a bachelor or masters degree in art, our challenging and comprehensive curriculum integrates in-depth studio processes, aesthetics, criticism, and art history into each program area. Studio and classroom exploration takes place in three adjacent buildings on campus which feature renovated facilities, first-rate resources, small class sizes and individual instruction.  Students are provided with numerous opportunities to investigate technical, conceptual, and creative approaches for the creation of art, as well as recognize the impact visual art holds on history, community and culture.

The School of Art & Design’s faculty members are noted for exhibition records in local, national and international galleries, publications in textbooks and journals, providing continuing instruction in Colorado schools and museums, and lectures at state and national conferences. The diversity of our faculty’s knowledge translates into an enriching and meaningful classroom involvement that incorporates real-world experience preparing our students for successful and rewarding careers in the arts.  School of Art & Design graduates excel as Graphic Designers, Art Educators, Photographers, Studio artists, Art historians, Gallery directors, and Art directors.

I invite you to browse our website and explore the opportunities available in the School of Art & design. Please feel free to contact our faculty or staff if you have any questions.


Andrew John Liccardo
Director, School of Art & Design


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Spring 2015 News


For current events and features, please visit the School of Art & Design blog.



Annual Student Exhibition
Mariani Gallery
March 30 - May 2


Student Foundations Exhibition
Oak Room Gallery
March 30 - May 2

Design Day, Garden Theatre
Students will display Rube Goldberg contraptions!
April 17th, 10am-2pm





Todd Nistler


Selected sculpture by Professor Thomas Stephens

for the Greeley Sculpture On Loan Program

"UNC Pedestal" located outside of Margies Java Joint

16th st. and 10th Ave.

Facilitated by Kim Snyder, Greeley Arts Coordinator


2014 Artist Todd Nistler

Senior Sculpture









For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Northern Colorado's online graduate education program among the nation's best.

In the magazine's annual 2014 rankings, UNC moved up a spot to eighth out of 166 ranked institutions. Once again, UNC's program ranked highest in the state.

U.S. News & World Report arrived at its rankings by evaluating the programs' student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, and reputation among peers.

UNC offers 25 online advanced degree, certificate and endorsement programs in Art and Design, Criminal Justice, Dietetics, K-12 teaching, Geography, Gerontology, Nursing, Science Education, Special Education, Speech-Language Pathology, and Sport Coaching. A complete list is available at: