University of Illinois School of Art + Design


All our faculty believe that an education in art and design should be both challenging and enjoyable, as are the career possibilities which follow. The creative industries are now recognized as a vital and growing sector of the national economy, employing around 30% of the working population. An education in art and design is also an education through art and design, enabling students to develop valuable transferable skills in creativity, communication, organization, problem-solving, and expanding the possibilities in a world increasingly driven by visual media.

The School provides a range of studio BFA and MFA programs with majors in Crafts (focusing on Ceramics or Metals), Graphic Design, Industrial Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. The Art History program offers BFA, MA, and PhD degrees. Students can also earn a BA in Art History from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Art Education program offers BFA, MA, and PhD degrees.

The School of Art + Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is regarded as one of the outstanding public university art programs in the United States.

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