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Areas of Concentration
Requirements >  Design | Multimedia | Studio Art | Studio Craft | Art History | Art Education
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General Information

The Art & Design program at Chicago State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Art & Design offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in these three options: Art, Design, and Art Education (K-12). Within this major, there are six areas of study: Design, Multimedia, Studio Arts, Studio Crafts, Art History, and Art Education K-12.

These options are designed to encourage students to develop their expressive capabilities and individual artistic perceptions. The art curriculum has flexibility to allow students to pursue, in depth, their own personal interests in art.

To build portfolios, Art & Design majors are required to participate in a portfolio review process three times during their matriculation for a degree: sophomore, junior, and graduating senior portfolio reviews.

The Honors in the Major Program is a unique opportunity for motivated and gifted Art & Design majors to create a body of artwork, research paper, and /or written thesis for an advanced individualized portfolio. The Honors Program is designed to begin junior year and extend through senior year culminating in the capstone/thesis course, Portfolio Preparation. Honors students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to develop their work, which is reviewed by the Honors Committee faculty over the course of the program. Sophomore students can apply for admission to the Honors Program.

The program is housed in a building with spacious, well – equipped, specialized art and design studios, and an Apple computer lab. There are two galleries on campus with regularly scheduled exhibitions. The President’s Gallery exhibits work of regionally and nationally known artists while the University Gallery is focused on exhibiting student work. Each year, our galleries showcase our best and brightest in the annual Student Competition and the Senior Portfolio Exhibition.

Areas of Concentration

Design

The Design student is involved in exploring the power of the visual image in graphic communication. Course work includes experiences in print media, illustration, packaging, web page design, and photography. The advanced student may choose to do a practicum in the field of publication, graphic design, or photography.

 

Multimedia

The Multimedia curriculum is an interdisciplinary course of study which links the traditional studies of design, drawing, and photography with the newest technological fields of digital photography, computer graphics, 3D digital modeling, webpage design, animation, sound, film, and video production. Students are challenged to engage and integrate these various media for print and digital works, while learning core skills that they can adapt to the ever changing technological landscape.





Studio Art

Art students discover and pursue their creative skills in the traditional areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Students learn about contemporary and historical works of art. They are challenged to enhance their experience through frequent critiques and student exhibitions. Students are encouraged to extend their work into the community by painting murals on and off campus (see Student Highlights) and by participating in the print cart.

 

Studio Craft

Students explore a broad range of crafts including ceramics, jewelry, metalsmithing, weaving, and fiber arts. Exploration of techniques and processes spans from the ancient and traditional to contemporary art practices. Students are encouraged to specialize in one craft discipline if they so choose or explore the breadth offered. The studios are equipped with pottery wheels, slab rollers, extruders, looms, and other equipment.

 

Art History

Students may choose from traditional offerings of Pre-Classical through Modern Art, as well as courses in such areas as African Art, African American Art, and History of Photography. The proximity of Chicago State to major museums and galleries directly enhances the learning experience. Students not only learn about significant visual works, but what is more meaningful, they can see them in person. Art History is a sound academic base for further studies.




Art Education

This program of study is for students desiring licensure as an art teacher in a K-12 setting. Students are exposed to both the philosophy and methodology of art education and are provided meaningful experience in observations and internships in city and suburban schools. In addition, students are involved in a wide range of studio experiences and develop knowledge of art history. The completion of the teaching degree qualifies students for an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement for teaching Visual Arts for grades K-12. Licensure requires successful completion of the Illinois Licensure Tests of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or the equivalent, the Visual Arts Content Area Test, and the edTPA portfolio. Students with a B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university are candidates for the post-baccalaureate licensure program or for the Master of Arts in Teaching through the College of Education.





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Design Option

Required Studio Courses: 42 credit hours 

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1300: Photography I
  • ART 2350: Color Photo I
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop
  • ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • ART 2714: Typography
  • ART 2720: 3D Design
  • ART 3360: Digital Photography
  • ART 3722: Graphic Design II
  • ART 3724: Graphic Design III
  • ART 3726: Design for Multimedia
  • ART 3730: Web Page Design
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation 

Required Art History Courses: 15 credit hours 

  • ART 1101, 1102, and 1103: Seminar I, II, and III
  • ART 2101: Ancient – Medieval Art History
  • ART 2102: Renaissance-Baroque Art History
  • ART 2103: Modern Art History
  • ART 2110: Non-Western Art , ART 2105: African Art, ART 3140: Art of Latin America, or ART 4120: African American Art
Supportive Elective Courses: 6 credit hours
  • ART 2260: Printmaking
  • ART 2300: Photo I
  • ART 2200: Drawing II
  • ART 2230: Painting I
  • ART 3715: 3D Digital Modeling
  • ART ____: Any graphic design, computer, or multimedia ART course
Total of 63 Credit Hours
Plus 42 credit hours of General Education and 15 credit hours of Electives in any area of study.


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Studio Art Option

Multimedia Concentration

Required Studio Courses: 51 credit hours

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1300: Photography I
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop
  • ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • ART 2714: Typography
  • ART 2720: 3D Design
  • ART 2730: Animation/Game Design I
  • ART 3360: Digital Photography
  • ART 3715: 3D Digital Modeling
  • ART 3722: Graphic Design II
  • ART 3724: Graphic Design III
  • ART 3726: Design for Multimedia
  • ART 3730: Web Page Design
  • ART 4098: Advanced Independent Study in Multimedia
  • ART 4099: Advanced Independent Study in Multimedia
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation
Required Art History Courses: 12 credit hours
  • ART 1101, 1102, and 1103: Seminar I, II, and III
  • ART 2101: Ancient – Medieval Art History
  • ART 2102: Renaissance-Baroque Art History
  • ART 2103: Modern Art History
Required Supportive Courses: 6 credit hours
  • CMAT 2500: Law and Ethics in the Mass Media
  • CMAT 2520: Video Production

Total of 69 Credit Hours

Plus 42 credit hours of General Education and 9 credit hours of Electives in any area of study.

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Studio Art Concentration

Required Studio Courses: 33 credit hours

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1400: Sculpture I
  • ART 2200: Drawing II
  • ART 2230: Painting I
  • ART 2260: Printmaking
  • ART 2400: Sculpture II
  • Art 2720: 3D Design
  • ART 3230: Painting II
  • ART 3260: Advanced Printmaking
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation

Required Art History Courses: 15 credit hours 

  • ART 1101, 1102, and 1103: Seminar I, II, and III
  • ART 2101: Ancient – Medieval Art History
  • ART 2102: Renaissance-Baroque Art History
  • ART 2103: Modern Art History
  • ART 2110: Non-Western Art , ART 2105: African Art, ART 3140: Art of Latin America, or ART 4120: African American Art

Required Supportive Courses: 15 credit hours   

  • ART 1300: Photography I
  • ART 1575: Ceramics I
  • ART 2500: Fiber Arts I
  • ART 2455: Jewelry/Metalsmithing I
  • ART 2540: Weaving I
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop
  • ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • ART 3099: Independent Study
  • ART 4099: Advanced Independent Study
  • ART ____: Upper Level Studio Art Course
  • ART ____: Upper Level Studio Art Course
  • ART ____: Upper Level Studio Art Course
  • ART ____: Upper Level Studio Art Course
Total of 63 Credit Hours
Plus 42 credit hours of General Education and 15 credit hours of Electives in any area of study.

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Studio Craft Concentration

Required Studio Courses: 30 credit hours

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1400: Sculpture I
  • ART 1575: Ceramics I
  • ART 2455: Jewelry/Metalsmithing I
  • ART 2500: Fiber Arts I
  • ART 2540: Weaving I
  • ART 2720: 3D Design
  • ART 3500: Fiber Arts II
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation
Required Art History Courses: 15 credit hours
  • ART 1101, 1102, and 1103: Seminar I, II, and III
  • ART 2101: Ancient – Medieval Art History
  • ART 2102: Renaissance-Baroque Art History
  • ART 2103: Modern Art History
  • ART 2110: Non-Western Art , ART 2105: African Art, ART 3140: Art of Latin America, or ART 4120: African American Art
Supportive Elective Courses: 18 credit hours
  • ART 1300: Photography I
  • ART 2230: Painting I
  • ART 2400: Sculpture II
  • ART 2520: Non-Western Textiles
  • ART 2575: Ceramics II
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop
  • ART 3099: Independent Study in Craft
  • ART 3455: Jewelry/Metalsmithing II
  • ART 3465: Jewelry/Metalsmithing III
  • ART 3540: Weaving II
  • ART 3575: Ceramics III
  • ART 4099: Advanced Independent Study
  • ART 4575: Ceramics IV
Total of 63 Credit Hours
Plus 42 credit hours of General Education and 15 credit hours of Electives in any area of study.

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Art History Concentration

Required Art History Courses: 30 credit hours

  • ART 1101, 1102, and 1103: Seminar I, II, and III
  • ART 2101: Ancient – Medieval Art History
  • ART 2102: Renaissance-Baroque Art History
  • ART 2103: Modern Art History
  • ART 2110: Non-Western Art , ART 2105: African Art, ART 3140: Art of Latin America, or ART 4120: African American Art
  • ART 4920: Practicum(s)
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation
Other Required Art History Courses: 15 credit hours
  • Five Art History courses not previously taken
Required Studio Courses: 15 credit hours
  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1300: Photography I
  • Art 2230: Painting I
  • ART 2260: Printmaking
Art Studio Electives: 3 credit hours
  • ART 1400: Sculpture I
  • ART 1575: Ceramics I
  • ART 2455: Jewelry/Metalsmithing
  • ART 2720: 3D Design
Total of 63 Credit Hours
Plus 42 credit hours of General Education and 15 credit hours of Electives in any area of study.

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Art Education (K-12) Option

Required Studio Courses: 42 credit hours

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1300: Photography I
  • ART 1400: Sculpture
  • ART 1575: Ceramics I
  • ART 2230: Painting I
  • ART 2260: Printmaking
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop or ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • ART 2720: 3D Design
  • ART ____: Non-Ceramics Craft Course
  • ART ____: Art Elective
  • ART ____: Art Elective
  • ART 4649: Technology and Art Education
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation
Required Art History Courses: 15 credit hours
  • ART 1101, 1102, and 1103: Seminar I, II, and III
  • ART 2101: Ancient – Medieval Art History
  • ART 2102: Renaissance-Baroque Art History
  • ART 2103: Modern Art History
  • ART 2110: Non-Western Art
Required Professional Education Courses: 12-16 credit hours
  • ED 1500: COE Seminar
  • ED 1520: Introduction to Teaching
  • ED 2000: History/Philosophy of American Public Education
  • PSYC 2020: Education Psychology
  • S ED 4301: Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs
  • ELED 3010: Fundamentals of Elementary Education (or ED 4500)
Courses Required after Admission to the COE: 18-20 credit hours
  • ED 4500: Principles and Practices of Secondary Teaching (or ELED 3010)
  • READ 4100: Content Reading Middle School
  • S ED 4303: Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs
  • ART 1092: Illinois Art Teacher Certificate Test Review
  • CAS 2630: Classroom Management Seminar
  • ART 4662: Foundations of Art Ed
  • ART 4664: Teaching Art in Elementary/Secondary Schools
  • ART 4975: Student Teaching and Seminar: K-12
Total of 89-91 Credit Hours
Plus 39 credit hours of General Education.

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Student Testimonials

Right now I'm working at a major advertising firm based in downtown Chicago as a "Prepress Graphics Specialist,"… my design background really helped me know what I'm supposed to do and not do. I deal with account managers for major liquor and lifestyle clients from all over the country on a daily basis…. I'm a full time salaried employee and I get benefits, which are nice! I'm already planning a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic in November and I travelled a bit during the summertime because of it.

Other than that, I still do occasional freelance design gigs…. I still write articles and shoot photos for websites. Best paying photography gig I got so far was covering the Pitchfork Music Festival. I got hooked up with not just a media pass but a VIP pass as well so I was able to hang out backstage and drink free beer! I'm currently finishing up artwork for a zine that I'm collaborating with some friends from the US and the UK as well as being in the middle of designing this zine I plan to put out in January or February just in time for the Chicago zine fest in March. There's not enough hours in my day where I can just sit back and chill with my pets, you know?”
Carmelo Espanola, Design Option, Spring 2010

"I'm currently pursuing a MFA in Photography at the Academy of Art University while at the same time working as photographer at S1 Photography and photo editor at George Street Photo & Video. I couldn't be thankful enough for what CSU Art Department done for me. All the faculty members (professors and advisors) were very helpful and kind. I really feel that they're part of my family. :)"
Golda Rubina, Design Option, Spring 2010

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