Welcome to the School of Art + Design!


The School of Art + Design is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Complete the inquiry form to receive materials and invitations from FAA. FAA organizes events for students interested in attending Illinois, like summer programs, high school competitions, and various open houses.

The best way to learn about the School of Art + Design is to pay us a visit.

During the fall (after 08/30/19) we have the following times available to host you:

Mondays: 11:00 a.m.-Noon

Tuesdays: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Fridays: 11:00 a.m.-Noon

Please set up an appointment by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone (217-333-0642).

If you would rather learn more about Art + Design as part of a more extensive campus visit, please don't contact us directly. Register instead for an Orange and Blue Day or a Daily Visit (Monday through Friday). These-full day recruitment events are directed toward prospective undergraduate students and include an introduction to the university, a campus tour, housing information sessions, and departmental visits. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to absorb a large amount of information.

Departmental visits always take place at our main building:

School of Art + Design
408 E. Peabody Drive, Room 138
Champaign, IL 61820

Prospective graduate students usually don't attend a campus or school tour. Instead you might consider attending the Art + Design Faculty Exhibition at the Krannert Art Museum, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 31, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Or join us for a public critique:  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to visit and learn more about the graduate degree programs we offer.

Portfolio Days

Admission to the BFA and MFA programs requires a portfolio submission. Selecting images for your portfolio can be a challenging process, and faculty members from the School of Art + Design are ready to assist you. Please attend a National Portfolio Day or another event listed and bring your portfolio to discuss.

Undergraduate Students

Saturday, September 21, 2019

National Portfolio Day

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

273 E. Erie Street

Milwaukee, WI

Noon–4:00 p.m.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Majors and Minors Fair

Illini Union Rooms A, B, C

1401 W. Green Street

Urbana, IL

1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

National Portfolio Day

Washington University

Sam Fox School

One Brookings Drive

St. Louis, MO

Noon–4:00 p.m.


Friday, October 4, 2019

FAA Design and Planning Open House

Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, Room 134

611 Lorado Taft Drive

Champaign, IL

9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.



Thursday, October 17, 2019

Portfolio Day at Figge Museum

225 W. 2nd Street

Davenport, IA

9:30 a.m.–Noon


Saturday, October 19, 2019

National Portfolio Day

IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design

Eskenazi Hall

735 W. New York Street

Indianapolis, IN

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

National Portfolio Day

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

280 S. Columbus Drive

Chicago, IL

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


Friday, October 25, 2019

Kentucky College and Career Day

Youth Performing Arts School

1517 S. 2nd Street

Louisville, KY

11:45 a.m.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Oswego High School Portfolio Review and Small Works Show

4250 Daryl Thompson Highway (Rt. 71)

Oswego, IL

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. portfolio review

7:00 p.m. portfolio review

7:30 p.m. awards


Saturday, November 9, 2019

National Portfolio Day

Laguna College of Art and Design

Westin San Diego–Downtown

400 W. Broadway

San Diego, CA

Noon–4:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

National Portfolio Day

Otis College of Art and Design

9095 Lincoln Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA

Noon–4:00 p.m.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Portfolio Day at Rockford Art Museum

711 N. Main Street

Rockford, IL

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


Saturday, December 14, 2019

FAA Small Works Show and Portfolio Day

Link Gallery

408 E. Peabody Drive

Champaign, IL

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.


Graduate Students

Saturday, November 2, 2019

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

280 S. Columbus Drive

Chicago, IL

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Your Trip

The University of Illinois is conveniently located a few hours south of Chicago and a few hours northeast of St. Louis, where Interstates 57 and 74 meet. Find us on the Illinois Campus Map.

When traveling by car, street meter parking is available surrounding our building. Usually parking is available on Pennsylvania Avenue, a block south of the School building.

Visitors can choose to fly to Willard Airport or use an Amtrak train. Regional bus service (Greyhound, Illini Shuttle, and Suburban Express) can provide transport to and from a variety of nearby destinations, including downtown Chicago, the Chicago suburbs and airports, and the Indianapolis International Airport. Bus service in Urbana-Champaign and on the University of Illinois campus is provided by the MTD.

Nice overnight accommodations can be found in downtown Champaign at the Hyatt Hotel or the Champaign Garden Inn or south of campus at the I Hotel or Homewood Suites Champaign-Urbana. At the center of campus you can find the Illini Union Hotel.