The best way to learn about the School of Art + Design is to pay us a visit. To set up an appointment email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 217.333.0642.

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

If you wish to combine a visit to our department with a UIUC campus day, please instead register here for an Orange & Blue or Daily Visit event. These events are targeted towards prospective undergraduate students, and include a welcoming event, a campus tour, housing information sessions, and (a) departmental visit(s). There are no departmental visits at the School of Art + Design available on weekend days.

Usually a departmental visit consists of a Q&A session and a tour of our main building and facilities.

Departmental visits take place at our main building:

The School of Art + Design
408 East Peabody Drive
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. Bring your portfolio to discuss.

For undergraduate prospective students:

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Portfolio Day at Figge Museum
225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA

Saturday, September 30, 2017
National Portfolio Day at Herron School of Art + Design
Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hall
735 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, October 14, 2017
National Portfolio Day at Milwaukee Institute of Art + Design
Jane Bradley-Petit Building
273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - this is considered our main fall portfolio event
Portfolio Day at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL

Monday, October 16, 2017
Marwen Portfolio Day
Chicago, IL
details TBA

Saturday, October 21, 2017
National Portfolio Day, California Arts
247000 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA

Sunday, October 29, 2017
National Portfolio Day Washington University
Sam Fox School
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO

Monday, November 6, 2017
Rockford Art Museum Portfolio Day
711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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:

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Portfolio Day at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL


Art + Design Student Ambassadors

art + design ambassadors for 2017

Reach out to our Art + Design Ambassadors (student representatives from our different degree programs) about the student experience in the School of Art + Design. To contact an Ambassador, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ambassador Leader: Ana Rodas( Graphic Design)

Transportation to the School of Art + Design

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. On Pennsylvania Avenue , there is usually plenty of parking space.

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


Inquiry Form: Complete the inquiry form to receive materials and invitations from the College of Fine + Applied Arts at Illinois.