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The nationally renowned School of Art and Design at NIU has earned a pair of new top five rankings.

Animation Career Review has announced their 2020 Graphic Design School Rankings. More than 700 schools with graphic design programs across the nation were evaluated and NIU has placed a pair of programs in the top five.

This is the second year that Animation Career Review has ranked illustration programs, and NIU’s is ranked third in the state.

For the sixth year in a row, Animation Career Review has ranked graphic design programs and NIU’s visual communication program is ranked fifth in the state.

The School of Art and Design is no stranger to recognition. US News and World Report has ranked the illustration program in the top 20 nationally, and ranks the school’s Master in Fine Arts program in the top 125 in the nation. and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities ranks the school 35th in the nation.