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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.


 Programs

Design Option

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Graphic Design Concentration (ADGN)

Required Freshman/Sophomore Seminar Courses: 3 credit hours

  • ART 1101: Seminar 1
  • ART 1104: Writing about Art Seminar
  • ART 1105: Art Careers Seminar

Required Studio Courses: 42 credit hours 

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1290: 3D Design
  • ART 2360: Intro to Digital Photography
  • ART 2350: Color Photo I
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop
  • ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • ART 2714: Typography
  • ART 3360: Digital Photography
  • ART 3722: Graphic Design II 
  • ART 3724: Graphic Design III
  • Art 3726: Design for Multimedia
  • ART3730: Web Page Design 
  • Art 4950: Portfolio Preparation

Supportive Elective Courses: 6 credit hours 

  • ART 2xxx - 4xxx
  • ART 2xxx - 4xxx

Required Art History Courses: 12 credit hours
  • ART 2101: Ancient - Medieval Art History
  • ART 2102: Renaissance-Baroque Art History
  • ART 2103: Modern Art History
  • ART Non-Western Art, ART 2105: African Art, ART 2120 History of Photography, or ART 4120: African American Art

A total of 63 ART credit hours with an additional 39 credit hours of general education and 18 credit hours of electives in any area of study are required.


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Interactive Media Concentration (ADIM)

Required Freshman/Sophomore Seminar Courses: 3 credit hours
  • ART 1101: Seminar I
  • ART 1104: Writing about Art Seminar
  • ART 1105: Art Careers Seminar

Required Studio Courses: 51 credit hours
  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1290: 3D Design
  • ART 2360: Intro to Digital Photography
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop
  • ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • ART 2714: Typography
  • 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 4099: Advanced Independent Study in Multimedia
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation
  • CMAT 2520: Intro to Video Field Production

Required Art History Courses: 12 credit hours
  • 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 2120 History of Photography, or ART 4120: African American Art

A total of 66 ART/CMAT credit hours with an additional 39 credit hours of general education and 15 credit hours of electives in any area of study are required.


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Art Option

2D Studio Concentration (ARTD)

Required Freshman/Sophomore Seminar Courses: 3 credit hours

  • ART 1101: Seminar I
  • ART 1104: Writing about Art Seminar
  • ART 1105: Art Careers Seminar

Required Studio Courses: 48 credit hours

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • 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
  • ART 2xxx - 4xxx: 2D Studio Course*
  • ART 2xxx - 4xxx: 3D Studio Course**
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 2D Studio Course
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 2D Studio Course
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 2D Studio Course
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 2D Studio Course

Required Art History Courses: 12 credit hours 

  • 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

A total of 63 ART credit hours with an additional 39 credit hours of general education and 18 credit hours of electives in any area of study are required.

*2D studio courses: ART 2210, 2230, 2245, 2260, 2310, 2350, 2360, 2710, 2712, 2730, 3200, 3245, 3260, 3310, 3330, 3340, 3350, 3360, 3715, 3730, 3740, 4230, 4340, 4350, 4360, and independent/special topics courses in these disciplines.

**3D studio courses: ART 2050, 2455, 2500, 2540, 2570, 2600, 3401, 3410, 3450, 3455, 3465, 3500, 3540, 3570, 3575, 4400, 4575, and independent/special topics courses in these disciplines.


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3D Studio Concentration (ARTR)

Required Freshman/Sophomore Seminar Courses: 3 credit hours

  • ART 1101: Seminar I
  • ART 1104: Writing about Art Seminar
  • ART 1105: Art Careers Seminar

Required Studio Courses: 48 credit hours

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1290: 3D Design
  • ART 2200: Drawing II
  • ART 2401: Sculpture I
  • ART 2500: Fiber Arts I or 2540: Weaving I
  • ART 2570: Ceramics I
  • ART 2230: Painting I or 2260: Printmaking
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation
  • ART 2xxx - 4xxx: 2D Studio Course*
  • ART 2xxx - 4xxx: 3D Studio Course**
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 3D Studio Course
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 3D Studio Course
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 3D Studio Course
  • ART 3xxx - 4xxx: 3D Studio Course

Required Art History Courses: 12 credit hours 

  • 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

A total of 63 ART credit hours with an additional 39 credit hours of general education and 18 credit hours of electives in any area of study are required.

*2D studio courses: ART 2210, 2230, 2245, 2260, 2310, 2350, 2360, 2710, 2712, 2730, 3200, 3245, 3260, 3310, 3330, 3340, 3350, 3360, 3715, 3730, 3740, 4230, 4340, 4350, 4360, and independent/special topics courses in these disciplines.

**3D studio courses: ART 2050, 2455, 2500, 2540, 2570, 2600, 3401, 3410, 3450, 3455, 3465, 3500, 3540, 3570, 3575, 4400, 4575, and independent/special topics courses in these disciplines.


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Art Education (K-12) Option (ARTT)

Required Freshman/Sophomore Seminar Courses: 3 credit hours
  • ART 1101: Seminar I
  • ART 1104: Writing about Art Seminar
  • ART 1105: Art Careers Seminar

Required Studio Courses: 42 credit hours

  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1290: 3D Design
  • ART 2360: Intro to Digital Photo
  • ART 2401: Sculpture I
  • ART 2570: Ceramics I
  • ART 2230: Painting I
  • ART 2260: Printmaking
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop or ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • 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: 12 credit hours 

  • 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: Characteristics of Exceptional Children
  • 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
  • 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

A total of 89-91 credit hours of art and education courses with an additional 39 credit hours of general education are required.


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Post-Baccalaureate License in Art Education (K-12) (TCAR)

Required Studio Courses: 42 credit hours
  • ART 1200: Drawing I
  • ART 1280: 2D Design
  • ART 1290: 3D Design
  • ART 2360: Intro to Digital Photography
  • ART 2401: Sculpture I
  • ART 2570: Ceramics I
  • ART 2230: Painting I
  • ART 2260: Printmaking
  • ART 2710: Illustrator/Photoshop or ART 2712: Graphic Design I
  • ART ____: Non-Ceramics Craft Course
  • ART ____: Art Elective
  • ART ____: Art Elective
  • ART 4649: Technology and Art Education
  • ART 4950: Portfolio Preparation

Required Seminar Courses: 2 credit hours

  • ART 1104: Writing about Art Seminar
  • ART 1105: Art Careers Seminar

Required Art History Courses: 12 credit hours

  • 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 (waived if TAP exam passed)
  • ED 1520: Introduction to Teaching
  • ED 2000: History/Philosophy of American Public Education
  • PSYC 2020: Education Psychology
  • S ED 4301: Characteristics of Exceptional Children
  • 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 88-90 Credit Hours

Masters in Art in Teaching in Art Education (K-12)

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secondary education licensure programs

in the Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies, and Recreation in the College of Education. Art & Design advisors will evaluate your art courses, but advising for this graduate program occurs in the College of 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

"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