Art Undeclared

First Year Curricula for All Art & Design Majors

The School of Art & Design offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in art & art history, art education, graphic design, industrial design, and studio art (with concentrations in fashion, general studio art, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture), and a bachelor of arts degree in studio art (with the same concentrations).  All majors' first year curriculum will include courses in drawing, 2D, 3D, and 4D practices.  Undeclared students will declare their Art & Design major December 1 of their first year of study. 

This first year curriculum is shared across all majors and serves as the temporary major declaration for those who enter as “undeclared.”

Courses in the history and appreciation of art and certain courses in studio work are open to students from other colleges of the University. A field of concentration in history of art is also offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The school has studios, computing labs, workshops, classrooms, and offices in several different University buildings.

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.

Students majoring in this degree program must complete the First Year Curriculum requirements before beginning other major requirements.

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

coordinator of undergraduate academic affairs: Mark Avery


phone: (217) 333-6632

school website: School of Art & Design

school faculty: Art & Design Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: Fine & Applied Arts

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