Studio Art, BASA

The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (with concentrations) focuses on the study of art, design, and art history in the context of a broader program of general study offered by the diverse research and teaching activities across the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign campus. It differs from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in that it offers students rigorous education in studio art while permitting them time to pursue studies in other areas, with a significant part of the educational experience occurring in areas outside the studio. Students choose from courses that will lead to concentrations in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, New Media, or (general) Studio Art. These options permit students to experience a broad range of media practices or to focus on media-specific credits. Concentrations will be noted on the student’s degree, indicating a level of expertise in a particular sub-discipline that will be useful in the pursuit of advanced study or in employment opportunities where particular material skills are needed.

Foundation courses for the BA in Studio Art introduce basic materials and conceptual approaches to making art, using traditional media including drawing and painting, printmaking, clay, plaster, wood and metal, to code, digital imaging, interactive media, and time-based applications. By incorporating new and traditional strategies and technologies students will understand visual organization and communication in 2D (artworks in two dimensions, such as drawing, painting or printmaking), 3D (artworks in three dimensions, such as sculpture and installation), and 4D (artworks of a time-based nature, such as,video and performance art).

The advanced BA Studio Art student can look forward to a changing menu of courses on a variety of topics, taught by a diverse faculty with expertise in a wide variety of conceptual, material and technical strategies for making art. The BA Studio Art’s curriculum offerings are designed to reflect an increasingly dynamic culture and provide students with experiences and skills that promote adaptability after graduation.

BA Studio Art students are provided with individual studio spaces housed in a communal studio building, where they pursue a self-selected studio practice. The communal studio configuration provides the geography for a strong, vibrant community of student-artists working together as they establish their focus and participate in exhibitions, performances, and critiques.

Foundation Requirements17
Arts at Illinois
Art, Design, and Society
Contemporary Issues in Art
Observational Drawing
Course in 2D Category 1
Course in 3D Category 2
Course in 4D Category 3
Art History Requirements12
Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture
Select one additional 100-level and two 200-level or above ARTH courses9
General Education Requirements by Category
Advanced Composition (ACP)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures, U.S. Minority Culture(s), Western/Comparative Cultures (CNW, USM, CW)9
Composition I (Comp. I)4
Humanities & the Arts (HUM)6
Natural Sciences & Technology (NAT)6
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS)6
Total Hours40
Total Credits for BA Studio Arts
Foundation Requirements17
Art History Requirements12
Concentration Requirements 116
General Education Requirements40
Language Requirement
Electives to bring the total hours earned to 122, including a minimum of 40 credits at the 300- or 400-level.37
Total Hours122