School of Art & Design

Vibrant. Illuminating. Empowering.
The School of Art & Design
We prepare artists, designers, historians, and educators to make a difference in broad areas of culture, scholarship, and professional practice

Explore the spectrum of our degree programs

Art Education

DEGREES

The Art Education Program teaches students to think about art teaching as a lifelong creative practice. Our students are professionally prepared for teaching careers in and out of schools, museums, community sites, and through their own art and scholarship. Our students can earn a K-12 license to teach art in Illinois and 46 other States.

Design for Responsible Innovation

DEGREES

Take your design skills to the next level and bring expertise from other disciplines into conversation with design research.

Graphic Design

DEGREES

Negotiate challenges at the intersection of traditional craft and rapidly evolving communication technologies to create positive change in today’s social and cultural systems.

New Media

DEGREES

New Media students pursue sustained study in the art forms of time-based media, performance, digital imaging, and coding-based practices.

Photography

DEGREES

We prepare serious photographers to serve as cultural leaders of the 21st century. Our studios and seminars explore historic traditions, wide-ranging techniques, recent innovations, and the role of the contemporary photographer.

Sculpture

DEGREES

Sculpture focuses on methods and concepts in three-dimensional art, form-making, and expanded spatial practices.

Art HIstory

DEGREES

Why are the objects that we call “works of art” made? Who makes them? Who sees them? What functions do they serve? What kinds of meaning have they offered to viewers in the past? What kinds of meaning can they have for us now? Questions like these are central to the study of art history.

Fashion

DEGREES

Explore the wide and varied field of fashion, from history and social psychology to sustainable manufacturing and brand development.

Industrial Design

DEGREES

Ever wonder about why products look and work the way they do? From cell phones and computers to the microwave of the future, industrial designers find the answers.

Painting

DEGREES

Students begin with rigorous instruction in traditional drawing and painting materials, methods, techniques, and concepts. Then they explore experimental and multi-disciplinary approaches to painting, as well as its complex and culturally influential history.

Printmaking

DEGREES

Printmaking offers a wide range of traditional, photographic, and digital printmaking methods that engage with contemporary art and design fields. Specific courses focus on screenprint, letterpress, comics and ‘zines, relief printing, intaglio, lithography, and other rotating special topics.

Studio Art

DEGREES

Studio Art enables students to explore, combine, and specialize in an array of studio disciplines including fashion, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture,

Art Education

DEGREES

The Art Education Program teaches students to think about art teaching as a lifelong creative practice. Our students are professionally prepared for teaching careers in and out of schools, museums, community sites, and through their own art and scholarship. Our students can earn a K-12 license to teach art in Illinois and 46 other States.

Art HIstory

DEGREES

Why are the objects that we call “works of art” made? Who makes them? Who sees them? What functions do they serve? What kinds of meaning have they offered to viewers in the past? What kinds of meaning can they have for us now? Questions like these are central to the study of art history.

Design for Responsible Innovation

DEGREES

Take your design skills to the next level and bring expertise from other disciplines into conversation with design research.

Fashion

DEGREES

Explore the wide and varied field of fashion, from history and social psychology to sustainable manufacturing and brand development.

Graphic Design

DEGREES

Negotiate challenges at the intersection of traditional craft and rapidly evolving communication technologies to create positive change in today’s social and cultural systems.

Industrial Design

DEGREES

Ever wonder about why products look and work the way they do? From cell phones and computers to the microwave of the future, industrial designers find the answers.

New Media

DEGREES

New Media students pursue sustained study in the art forms of time-based media, performance, digital imaging, and coding-based practices.

Painting

DEGREES

Students begin with rigorous instruction in traditional drawing and painting materials, methods, techniques, and concepts. Then they explore experimental and multi-disciplinary approaches to painting, as well as its complex and culturally influential history.

Photography

DEGREES

We prepare serious photographers to serve as cultural leaders of the 21st century. Our studios and seminars explore historic traditions, wide-ranging techniques, recent innovations, and the role of the contemporary photographer.

Printmaking

DEGREES

Printmaking offers a wide range of traditional, photographic, and digital printmaking methods that engage with contemporary art and design fields. Specific courses focus on screenprint, letterpress, comics and ‘zines, relief printing, intaglio, lithography, and other rotating special topics.

Sculpture

DEGREES

Sculpture focuses on methods and concepts in three-dimensional art, form-making, and expanded spatial practices.

Studio Art

DEGREES

Studio Art enables students to explore, combine, and specialize in an array of studio disciplines including fashion, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture,

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