Welcome to the School of Art + Design!


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

Complete the inquiry form to receive materials and invitations from the College of Fine + Applied Arts (FAA) at Illinois.
FAA organizes future student events, like a summer programhigh school competitions and various open house activities.

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

Individual (family) informational visits, including a tour of the Art + Design main building and facilities,are usually offered during the following time slots:

Mondays at 2:00pm-3:15pm

Fridays at 11:00am-12:15pm

Fridays at 2:00pm-3:15pm

At other times, an individual (family) informational visit without a main building and facilities tour may be arranged from Monday through Friday, depending on availability.

For any visit, 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 wish to visit Art + Design as part of a bigger campus visit, please don't contact us directly, but instead register here for an Orange & Blue Days (October 8/12/26 or November 2) or a Daily Visit (Monday through Friday) event. These full day recruitment events are targeted towards prospective undergraduate students, and include a welcoming event, a campus tour, housing information sessions, and (a) departmental visit(s). Wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared to absorb a large amount of information. 

Departmental visits always take place at our main building:

The School of Art + Design
408 East Peabody Drive, room 138
Champaign, IL 61820

Portfolio Days
Admission to the BFA and MFA programs requires a portfolio submission.
Selecting images for your portfolio can be a challenging process. 
Faculty members from our School of Art + Design are ready to assist you.
Please attend one of the following National Portfolio Day events (see listed below). 
Bring your portfolio to discuss.


For undergraduate prospective students:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Milwaukee Institute of Art + Design, 273 E. Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI



Sunday, October 14, 2018

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL



Saturday, October 20, 2018

Laguna College of Art + Design, Westin San Diego – Downtown, 400 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Washington University, Sam Fox School, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St #2319, Pasadena, CA

Time TBA


Additional portfolio reviews:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Portfolio Day at Figge Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA



Monday, October 16 – Thursday, October 18 – Chicago Area Portfolio Days

Monday – Chi-Arts Portfolio Day + Marwen College Fair, Chicago, IL

Tuesday – Niles HS Portfolio Day, Niles, IL

Wednesday – Lake Zurich HS Portfolio Day, Lake Zurich, IL

Thursday – Township High School District 211 Portfolio Day, Palatine, IL


Friday, October 26, 2018

Kentucky College and Career Day, Youth Performing Arts School, 1517 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY

9:00 am-3:00pm 


Monday, November 5, 2018

Rockford Art Museum Portfolio Day, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL



Wednesday, November 7

Oswego High School Portfolio Review & Small Works Show, 4250 Daryl Thompson Highway (Rt. 71), Oswego, IL

5:00pm-7:00pm portfolio review; 7:00pm small works show; 7:30pm awards


For graduate prospective students:

Sunday, October 28

Grad National Portfolio Day, Parsons School of Design, 66 5th Ave. New York, NY



Saturday, November 3

Grad National Portfolio Day, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL



 How to get here

The University of Illinois enjoys a convenient location a few hours south of Chicago, and a few hours northeast of St. Louis, where the I-57 and I-74 interstates meet.  Find us on the Illinois Campus Map.

When coming by car, street meter parking is available surrounding our building. Usually parking space is available on Pennsylvania Avenue, just south of the School building.

Visitors can choose to fly in through Willard Airport or use an Amtrak train. A regional bus service (Greyhound , Illini ShuttleLex Express, and Suburban Express) can provide transport to and from a variety of regional destinations, including downtown Chicago, the Chicago suburbs and airports, and the Indianapolis International Airport. The Urbana-Champaign town and campus are served by the MTD bus service.

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