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
The Image World
Introduction to Printmaking (required for Studio Art: Printmaking)
Beginning Painting (required for Studio Art: Painting)
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) 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