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Art, Design & Performing Arts

Art LogoPreparing for a career in a creativity-driven field will not only open your eyes to how many products, markets and jobs rely on imagination, but will help you become more inventive yourself. By studying the arts, you will learn about new cultures, different forms of expression and using different methods to communicate ideas to an audience.

Harper College provides easily transferable credit courses that combine creative courses and first-hand learning opportunities. Programs include Art and Design, Architecture Studies, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Arts Design and Technology, Interior Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Web Design and Development.

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Share your talents through Harper’s numerous performance and exhibit spaces, events, publications, and contests.

Learn from highly trained faculty in a supportive, constructive environment. Our student to teacher ratio is 19:1.


Explore our programs

Harper College offers a number of art, design, and performing arts career and transfer programs. To get started, select one of the program areas below:

Interested in another subject? If you are interested in transferring to study an art-related subject not listed here, please meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses to take to meet your academic goals.

To get started in taking art, design and performing arts courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Art, Design and Performing Arts News

Get the latest news from the programs in Art, Design and Performing Arts area.

Harper College Fall North

Starting this fall, Harper College will offer a Health Education Teaching Endorsement for teachers and an Audio/Video Arts Technology Certificate, unlike any program available in Illinois. Read More

Harper Summer Concert Series

Summer concerts at Harper College will include performances by jazz ensembles, guitarists, steel drummers and more. Read More

Harper College students work on their fashion show pieces

The Harper College Student Fashion Show returns to an in-person format on May 20. Read More

Bernie Bluestein

Harper College’s very own Bernie Bluestein, 98 years old and a student for more than three decades, is receiving the highest distinction Congress can bestow. Read Bernie's story

photo of Joshua Emeka Emeruem in graduation cap and gown

Joshua Emeka Emeruem sees Harper as the foundation for his career in graphic design. Read More

To get started in taking art, design and performing arts courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Last Updated: 11/4/22