Welcome to the Normandale Art Department!

Art Information


The Mission of the Art Department is to provide the highest quality art instruction for all students. The art curriculum encourages the exploration of a wide variety of ideas, methods, materials, and media. Students are exposed to both historic and contemporary approaches to art and art making.

The Art Department provides an educational environment where students explore their creative potential, gain visual literacy, engage in artistic production, and develop creative problem solving skills. Introductory and specialized art coursework provides students with diverse opportunities to meet liberal studies interests, attain an AFA in Art, an AA with Emphasis in Art, or for potential transfer into a four-year program.

National Accreditation

The Normandale Art Department is now part of an elite group of community/two year institutions nationwide that has been granted accredited membership by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Normandale is the only community college in Minnesota that has three nationally accredited Fine Arts Programs-Music, Theatre and Art. 

NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design related disciplines. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design was established in 1944 to improve educational practices and maintain high professional standards in art and design education. The granting of accreditation signifies that the Normandale Art Department has successfully demonstrated compliance with the procedures, standards, and guidelines of the Association. Accreditation is a stamp of approval, a sign that Normandale has an Art Program that ascribes to, believes in, and has met an external set of criteria and standards of academic strength and integrity. NASAD accreditation assures students and parents that the Art Program at Normandale provides competent teachers, adequate plant and equipment, sound curricula. The Normandale Art Department took on the challenge of seeking this special accreditation to further its mission to provide the highest quality art instruction for all students and to provide an environment where students explore their creative potential as they develop artistic skills. This is a great honor for the Art Department and a great benefit for art students. 

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Student Artwork

Throughout the year, Normandale has exhibitions featuring art from their students. The following is list of galleries featuring pieces from Normandale students:

Student Artwork