Art & Art History, BFA

for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Art & Art History

school office: 143 Art and Design Building, Champaign, IL 61820

coordinator of undergraduate academic affairs: Mark Avery


phone: (217) 333-6632

director of undergraduate studies: Professor Kristin Romberg


school website: School of Art & Design

school faculty: Art & Design Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: Fine & Applied Arts

The Program in Art and Art History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is unique. Housed in the School of Art and Design in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Program in Art History offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in a combined Art History and Studio/Design course of study, providing a broad cultural education that unites academic  and studio training. Students who earn this degree will be qualified to pursue a range of careers, museum work, or graduate study in either art history or studio practice.

A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Departmental Distinction: a student must earn a 3.25 overall GPA, and 3.50 GPA in Art History. The Student will complete at least 4 semester hours of independent research to write a senior research paper. See the undergraduate adviser for further details.

for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Art & Art History

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirement including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: A minimum of 40 hours of upper-division coursework is required. Twelve (12) hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

General Education Requirements40-56

 Art Foundation Requirements

ARTF 101Contemporary Issues in Art2
ARTE 101Art, Design, and Society2
ARTH 110Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture3
Select one Drawing course:3
Observational Drawing
Expressive Drawing
Visualization Drawing
Select one from:3
Introduction to Graphic Design
The Image World
Introduction to Printmaking
Beginning Painting
Select one from:3
Introduction to Industrial Design
Crafts Design
Beginning Sculpture
Select one from:3
Image Practice
Time Arts I
Interaction I
Total Art Foundation19

Art History Requirements

6 courses at the 200-400 level (3 credit hours each) 1,218
Students must take at least one course in three of the following areas: 1) Africa and the Middle East; 2) Asia; 3) the Americas; 4) Europe
At least one course must cover material before 1700
At least one course must cover material after 1700
Two (2) seminars in Art History at the 400-level: 36
Total Hours24

Art & Design Requirements

4 ARTS or ARTD courses (at any level)12
Seven (7) additional courses in the School of Art and Design (at any level), including courses with the following rubrics: ARTE, ARTD, ARTH, or ARTS21
Total Hours33

Open Electives

Open electives as needed to total 122 hour degree.
Total Hours required for graduation122