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

The Art and Design Program at Chicago State University offers an accredited program leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with majors in three options: Art, Design, and Art Education (K-12). Within these options there are six diverse artistic concentrations: Graphic Design, Multimedia, Studio Arts, Studio Crafts, Art History, and Art Education.

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

The program is housed in a building with spacious, well-equipped, specialized art studios, and a cutting-edge Macintosh computer lab. There are two galleries on campus with regularly scheduled exhibitions. The President's Gallery shows the work of nationally known professional artists and the University Gallery is maintained for the purpose of exhibiting student work.

Areas of Concentration

Graphic Design

Design ImageThe design student is involved in exploring the power of the visual image in graphic forms. Course work includes experiences in print media, illustration, packaging, and exhibition design, and may include a concentration in the area of photography. The advanced student may choose to do a practica in the field to gain on the job experience. Courses prepare the student for a career in the ever-expanding field including opportunities such as publication design and photography.

 

Multimedia

Computer labOur 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, 3-D digital modeling, Webpage design, animation, sound, film and video production. The Multimedia curriculum is a collaboration between art and technology providing students with the ability to learn and experiment with both traditional art forms and digital image manipulation in a variety of artistic contexts. We have a cutting edge computer/multimedia lab with all up-to-date software programs.

Studio Art

Studio ArtArt students are able to discover and pursue their creative skills in the traditional areas of: drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The aim of this option is to produce professional practicing artists, committed to their work. This professionalism is promoted through frequent critiques and exhibitions of student work. This broad creative background is a meaningful base for those wishing to pursue any career in art.

 

Studio Craft

WeavingThis concentration encourages students to develop their creative skills as practicing craftsmen. Students may follow their interests in the areas of ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and weaving. Career opportunities in this field include those of the free lance craftsman and employment as a crafts specialist in art centers, hospitals, and community groups dealing with day care and senior citizens.

 

Art History

PaintingThe student may choose from traditional offerings of Pre-Classical through Modern, as well as courses in such areas as African Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Protest Art, and the Art of Latin America. The proximity of Chicago State to major museums and galleries directly enhances the learning experience. The student not only learns about significant visual works, but what is more meaningful, he can also see them in person. An Art History option introduces the student to the rapidly expanding careers in museums, art galleries, libraries, and publishing houses. It also becomes a sound academic base for future research and/or graduate study.

Art Education

 

Silk PrintingThis program of study is directed towards those desiring licensure as an art teacher. It exposes students to both the philosophy and methodology of art education and provides meaningful experience in observation and practice teaching in city and suburban schools. In addition, students are involved in a wide range of studio experiences and develop a knowledge of art appreciation and art history. The completion of the teaching option qualifies students for an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement for teaching Visual Arts for grades K-12. Licensure requires the successful completion of the Illinois Licensure Tests of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or the equivalent, Visual Arts Content Area Test, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (Special K-12).

 


Design Option

  • 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
  • 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: 9 credit hours
  • CMAT 2050: Introduction to Electronic Media
  • CMAT 2500: Law and Ethics in the Mass Media
  • CMAT 2520: Video Production
Total of 72 Credit Hours
Plus 42 credit hours of General Education and 6 credit hours of Electives in any area of study.


Studio Art Concentration

Required Studio Courses: 42 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 3230: Painting II
  • ART 3260: Advanced Printmaking
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation

  • 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 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: 27 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 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: 21 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 2720: 3D Design
  • 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
  • E 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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