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

email: mavery@illinois.edu

phone: (217) 333-6632

director of undergraduate studies: Professor Kristin Romberg

email: kromberg@illinois.edu

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


Students in the School of Art and Design must complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Art and Design courses will also apply toward the General Education requirements.

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

First Year Curriculum

FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
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 course in 2D Category:3
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Printmaking (required for Studio Art: Printmaking)
Fashion Illustration (required for Studio Art: Fashion)
Beginning Painting (required for Studio Art: Painting)
Basic Photography (required for Studio Art: Photography)
Select one course in 3D Category:3
Introduction to Industrial Design
Ceramics Sculpture I
Jewelry/Metals I
Beginning Sculpture (required for Studio Art: Sculpture)
Select one course in 4D Category:3
Image Practice
Time Arts I
Interaction I
Total Hours20

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.

 Art History Requirements

6 courses at the 200-400 level (3 credit hours each)18
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; Students must also take at least one course that covers material before 1700 and one course must cover material after 1700.
Though students must take a total of 6 courses, some courses may count toward the fulfillment of more than one area and period requirement. For instance, a course in 20th century African art could count as a class covering both Africa and the Middle East and material after 1700.
1. Africa and the Middle East
African Art and Society I
Central African Art
Modern and Contemp African Art
West African Art and Ideas
Sacred African Diaspora Arts
Islamic Gardens & Architecture *
Exploring African Cities *
2. Asia
Art in China
Ways of Seeing in Edo Japan
Word and Image in Chinese Art
China through Film
S Asian Cultural Landscapes *
3. The Americas
Art Since 1940
American Art
Graffiti and Murals
Arts of Colonial Latin America
Arts of Modern Latin America
4. Europe
Greek Art
Development of Ancient Cities
Ancient Greek Sanctuaries
Medieval Art
Italian Renaissance Art
Northern Renaissance Art
Art, Power and Culture in 17th-Century Europe
Modern Art, 1880-1940
Art Since 1940
Spanish Modern Art
The Archaeology of Greece
The Archaeology of Italy
Romanesque Art
Gothic Art
Topics: Italian Art 1300-1500
Topics: Northern Art 1300-1500
Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
Fifteenth-Century Italian Art
Italian Baroque Art
17th-Century Dutch & Flemish Art
Romantic Art
The Russian Avant-Garde: Revolutionary Forms and Socialist Norms
European Art Between the Wars
France and Its Others
At least one course must cover material before 1700
Greek Art
Development of Ancient Cities
Ancient Greek Sanctuaries
Medieval Art
Italian Renaissance Art
Northern Renaissance Art
Art, Power and Culture in 17th-Century Europe
Arts of Colonial Latin America
Women and the Visual Arts
The Archaeology of Greece
The Archaeology of Italy
Romanesque Art
Gothic Art
Topics: Italian Art 1300-1500
Topics: Northern Art 1300-1500
Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
Fifteenth-Century Italian Art
Italian Baroque Art
17th-Century Dutch & Flemish Art
Medieval Architecture *
Renaissance Architecture *
Baroque & Rococo Arch *
At least one course must cover material after 1700
Design History Survey
Art of the Nineteenth Century
Art Since 1940
History of Photography
Graffiti and Murals
Art Criticism and Writing
Arts of Modern Latin America
Spanish Modern Art
Realism to Postimpressionism
American Art 1750-1900
Early American Modernism
Contemporary Art
Romantic Art
The Russian Avant-Garde: Revolutionary Forms and Socialist Norms
European Art Between the Wars
France and Its Others
Modernity’s Mirror: Nineteenth-Century Architecture 1750-1900 *
The Architecture of the United States, c.1650 to Present *
Modern and Contemporary Global Architecture *
Institutional Critique
*With an advisor’s approval, up to 6 credit hours of courses in the history of architecture or landscape architecture at the 200-400 may be taken towards the fulfillment of these required hours
One Advanced art history course (300 or 400 level) not used elsewhere
Arts of Colonial Latin America
Arts of Modern Latin America
Spanish Modern Art
Realism to Postimpressionism
American Art 1750-1900
Early American Modernism
Women and the Visual Arts
The Archaeology of Greece
The Archaeology of Italy
Romanesque Art
Gothic Art
Topics: Italian Art 1300-1500
Topics: Northern Art 1300-1500
Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
Fifteenth-Century Italian Art
Italian Baroque Art
17th-Century Dutch & Flemish Art
Romantic Art
European Art Between the Wars
France and Its Others
Total Hours18
Two (2) seminars in Art History at the 400-level, chosen in consultation with the art history advisor.6

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