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School of Art and Design Degree Requirements BFA in Art Education Degree Requirements for Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Photography/Film/ Electronic Media, and Studio Arts BFA in Electronic Visualization BFA in Graphic Design BFA in Industrial Design BFA in Moving Image BFA in Photography BFA in Studio Arts—Painting and Sculpture Minor in Studio Arts
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The programs of the School of Art and Design provide students with the aesthetic and critical perspectives vital for careers in art and design. Central to the UIC approach are studio courses which engage students in the development of significant creative works as well as independent research using the entire University and city as a base for learning. All courses include comprehensive exposure to a wide range of possibilities for creative expression and problem solving.

The first-year program introduces students to a wide range of possibilities for creative expression and problem solving. After completion of the first-year program, students will participate in an all-School portfolio review to gain acceptance into one of seven areas of concentration. The majors in the School of Art and Design are: Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, Studio Arts, and Art Education. By the senior year, students in the programs based in Art and Design Hall (Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts) are working together in an advanced interdisciplinary program. Likewise, students in the programs based in Art and Architecture Building (Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design) are encouraged to collaborate in interdisciplinary projects and to share an advanced Design Colloquium. Areas of collaborative study include the UIC Interdisciplinary Product Development program, which teams design students with students in the College of Business and the College of Engineering. Senior level professional practice courses offer additional opportunities to engage in projects with industry and government.

Electronic Visualization educates artists and designers in the technologies of advanced computer and video interactivity, and empowers students with a solid knowledge of the history and theories of responsive arts. Program curriculum introduces responsive technologies and their basic application processes in an incremental, lab-based approach. Students become effective programmers, using computer technology to create new visual statements and electronic forms of communication. Audiovisual tools are used as a vehicle for personal and aesthetic expression with applications across a wide range of professional career opportunities, including animation, motion graphics, new media art production, scientific and industrial visualization, and broad based visualization research and development.

Note: Until further notice, the BFA in Electronic Visualization program is not accepting applications for admission.

Graphic Design can be described as the process of visually communicating ideas and information through the use of signs, symbols, and images. The Graphic Design curriculum prepares students for professional careers in a variety of disciplines that constitute contemporary practice. Through structured practical and theoretical exercises, the program seeks to develop in its students a broad visual vocabulary and wide range of analytical, organizational, and technical skills that encompass the entire scope of visual communications. The program utilizes contemporary technology in print, film, video, and digital computers to expose students to a wide range of design possibilities.

Industrial Design emphasizes the development of concepts and prototypes for a range of product design applications. Curriculum focuses on design processes and research and materials and methods for a wide range of design applications that focus on improving people’s lives. Students experience a unique learning opportunity that takes advantage of the University’s interdisciplinary programs in a dynamic urban center. Ties to Chicago area industry allow for experience with collaborative and practical research and development. Collaborating area organizations include: Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Copco, Design for Democracy, Rehco, Motorola, and Whirlpool.

Moving Image places focus on creative and alternate approaches to both experimental and documentary forms in the filmmaking process. The program includes production courses, seminars, and independent study in film, video, and digital animation. Video courses encourage the use of electronic media as a tool for personal expression. Animation is considered in the broadest sense of single-frame motion design, synthesizing multiple approaches and techniques. Screenings of work by nationally and internationally recognized artists introduce students to a wide variety of formal and conceptual concerns. On the introductory level, basic production and editing skills are emphasized, while the advanced students can deepen their experience through directed projects.

Photography is a medium for recording, communication, and personal expression. Students are expected to explore the social, cultural, and aesthetic possibilities of the medium within an interdisciplinary art program. Study leads to professional careers in a variety of disciplines that constitute contemporary photographic practice, including art, documentation, and education. The program includes production courses that develop needed skills in both analog and digital photographic processes, interdisciplinary seminars that explore the cultural, theoretical, and aesthetic potential of the medium, and advanced studio critique courses leading to a BFA thesis exhibition.

Studio Arts is a unique program, set in a research institution within a vital urban environment, which prepares students for a career in contemporary art practice or for advanced graduate study. Students may concentrate in painting or sculpture within the context of current art disciplines. In addition to studio courses, students participate in seminars on the practice and theory of contemporary art. Seminars and advanced studio classes are interdisciplinary in nature and include students from Photography and Moving Image. Before graduating, each student is required to produce and document a final BFA thesis exhibition in the galleries of Art and Design Hall.

Art education at UIC provides the requirements for Illinois state teacher certification, and the education needed for students to become effective teachers/artists and teachers/researchers at the high school and middle school levels. The curriculum is based on the premise that an understanding of art theory, technical competence in art making, and skill in effective communication, supported by a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences, is vital to proficient and inspiring teaching. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for secondary teacher certification (Type 09) after evaluation by the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board.

Note: Until further notice, the BFA in Art Education program is not accepting applications for admission.

All entering students are required to buy a laptop computer through our Laptop Purchase Program, which provides hardware and software required for each major at a discounted rate.

 

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Graphic Design and Industrial Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

 

School of Art and Design Degree Requirements

Students are expected to attend all scheduled studio classes and are expected to spend a minimum of six additional studio hours per week outside of scheduled class time in completion of assignments. In addition, students must engage in significant extracurricular creative work and independent research including, but not limited to, attendance at special seminars, tutorials, lectures, and scheduled trips to Chicago’s galleries and museums.

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art and Design, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Art and Design degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs

The first-year program is included in all art and design degree programs. Appropriate placement in the program is made for transfer students who have completed equivalent course work. The following courses are to be completed before students begin taking courses in the major.

Courses
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I 4
AD 110—Graphic Design I 4
AD 120—Industrial Design I 4
AD 140—Sculpture I 4
AD 160—Photography I 4
AD 170—Introduction to Time-Based Visual Arts 4
Total Hours—First-Year Program 24

 

BFA in Art Education

Note: Until further notice, the BFA in Art Education program is not accepting applications for admission.


For the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, a total of 130 semester hours is required. The Secondary Certificate (Type 09) is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of degree requirements. Before the certificate is issued, the candidate must file an application for the Illinois teaching certificate with the UIC Council on Teacher Education. The candidate must also pass a series of examinations required by the Illinois State Board of Education. See the Council on Teacher Education Handbook available in 3015 EPASW for more information. Also, see the College of Education section of this catalog.

Middle School Endorsement (grades 6, 7, and 8) to the Secondary Certificate additionally requires the completion of CI 484 (3 hours) and EPSY 466 (3 hours).

After completing the School of Art and Design First-Year Program, students who meet or exceed a minimum 2.50/4.00 cumulative GPA and a 3.00/4.00 GPA in Art and Design courses may submit an application and portfolio to the Pre-Art Education Program.

Admission into the Pre-Art Education Program does not guarantee placement in the Art Education Professional Core sequence. At the end of the sophomore year at UIC (or transfer students who have completed first-year course work and have a minimum of 60 or more hours applicable to the Art Education degree), students submit an application and portfolio as well as complete an interview with the coordinator of Art Education. Successful applicants will be enrolled in the Professional Art Education Core sequence.

Students are required to apply for certification candidacy with the UIC Council on Teacher Education at the same time they apply to the Professional Art Education Core sequence. The Basic Skills Test must be passed before applying for candidacy. The Content Area Test (Art 6–12) must be passed before the candidate is allowed into practice teaching. The Assessment of Professional Teaching must be passed prior to granting certification. For information on application procedures and testing schedules, contact the Council on Teacher Education located in 3015 EPASW. Also, see the College of Education section of the catalog.

Students are required to maintain a 2.50/4.00 cumulative GPA and 3.00/4.00 Art and Design GPA throughout the curriculum. For information on admission to the Art Education major, current portfolio deadlines, and submitting a successful portfolio, see the UIC School of Art and Design Handbook, the Program Guide for Teacher Education in Art, and meet with a School of Art and Design advisor.

Degree Requirements—Art Education
To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The Art Education degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BFA in Art Education Degree Requirementsa
Hours
First-Year Program 24
General Education and Foundation Courses 36
Professional Core 37
Art Education Major Courses 32
Free Elective (if required) 1
Total Hours—BFA in Art Education 130

a Students must achieve a grade of Credit or C or higher for courses to count toward degree requirements. English 160 and 161, Art and Design, Education, and Art History courses may not be taken credit/no credit.

 

First-Year Program
See previous section First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

General Education and Foundation Courses

Courses
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
THTR 161—Fundamentals of Acting I 3
Understanding the Individual and Society coursea 3
Understanding U.S. Society coursea 3
Analyzing the Natural World courseab 4
Understanding the Past coursea 3
   
One course in Art History at the 200-level or above chosen from the following: 3
AH 263 —Latin American Colonial Art (3)c  
AH 264—African American Art History (3)c  
AH 269—Art and Archaeology of South America (3)c  
AH 270—African Art (3)c  
AH 271—Native American Art (3)c  
AH 273—Pre-Columbian Art of South America (3)c  
AH 274—Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica (3)c  
AH 275—South Asian Visual Cultures (3)c  
   
AH 110—Art History Id 4
AH 111—Art History IId 4
AH 160—Trends in International Contemporary Art since 1960 3
Total Hours—General Education and Foundation Courses   36

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b Students who select a course worth less than 4 hours from the Analyzing the Natural World list will need to take an additional General Education Core course as part of their electives.
c This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
d This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Professional Core

Coursesa
Hours
ED 200—Education Policy Foundations 3
ED 210—The Educative Process 3
ED 330—Curriculum, Instruction, Evaluation 4
SPED 410—Survey of Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities 3
AD 281—Foundations of Art Education 4
AD 382—Art Education Practicum 4
AD 482—Visual and Verbal Literacy 4
AD 484—Educational Practice with Seminar Ib 6
AD 485—Educational Practice with Seminar IIb 6
Total Hours—Professional Core 37

a Students must earn a cumulative 3.00/4.00 in their Education sequence (ED 200, 210, 330, and SPED 410) and they must earn a 3.00/4.00 in their Art Education Sequence (AD 281, 382, 482) in order to be eligible for student teaching. GPAs for Art Education and for Education are calculated separately. GPA for Art Education is calculated separately from GPA for Art Student Teaching.
b A grade of B or higher in practice teaching is required for certification.


Art Education Major Courses

Coursesa Hours
AD 203—Topics in Drawing Studio I 4
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics 4
AD 230—Painting I 4
AD 290—Interdisciplinary Seminar I 4
   
Eight hours selected from one of the following areas: 8
Painting: AD 332, Repeat for credit
OR
Sculpture: AD 342, Repeat for credit
OR
Photography: AD 261, AD 262, AD 267, AD 268, AD 360, AD 362
OR
Moving Image: AD 271, AD 274, AD 278, AD 371, AD 374, AD 378
 
   
AD electives chosen from any area of the School of
Art and Design
8
Total Hours—Art Education Major Courses
32

a Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00 in all of these courses with no grade less than C.


Free Electives

Courses Hours
An elective hour may be required to reach the 130 total hours required for the degree. 1
Total Hours—Free Electives 1


Sample Course Schedule—Art Education

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic
and Public Contexts
3
THTR 161—Introduction to Acting
3
Total Hours
18
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
AH 160—Trends in International Contemporary Art
since 1960
3
Total Hours 18
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AH 110—Art History I 4
General Education Core course 4
AD Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, or Electronic Visualization 4
AD 203—Drawing II 4
Total Hours 16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AH 111—Art History II 4
AD 230—Painting I 4
Art and Design Elective 4
AH Elective 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours 18
   
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
ED 200—Education Policy Foundations 3
ED 210—The Educative Process 3
AD 290—Studio Seminar I 4
General Education Core course 3
AD Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, or Electronic Visualization 4
Total Hours 17
   
Spring Semester
Hours
SPED 410—Survey of Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities 3
AD 281—Foundations of Art Education 4
General Education Core course 3
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics 4
AD Elective 4
Total Hours 18
   
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
ED 330—Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation in
Secondary School
4
AD 382—Art Education Practicum 4
AD 482—Visual and Verbal Literacy 4
AD Elective 1
Total Hours 13
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 484—Educational Practice with Seminar I 6
AD 485—Educational Practice with Seminar II 6
Total Hours 12

 

Degree Requirements for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts

General Education and Foundation Courses for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts Degree Programs

Coursesa Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Understanding the Individual and Society coursea 3
Understanding U.S. Society coursea 3
Analyzing the Natural World courseab 4
Understanding the Past coursea 3
Exploring World Cultures coursea 3
AH 110—Art History Ic 4
AH 111—Art History IIc        4
AH 160—Trends in International Contemporary Art since 1960d 3
Total Hours—General Education and Foundation Courses 33

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category. Students may choose a General Education course that falls below the recommended semester hour value for a particular category as long as the student reaches a total of 24 hours of General Education distributed across the six categories.
bStudents who select a course worth less than 4 hours from the Analyzing the Natural World list will need to take an additional General Education Core course as part of their electives.
cThis course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
d Students in Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts must take AH 160 as a foundation course. Students in Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design may take AH 160 or an additional elective course.

 

BFA in Electronic Visualization

Note: Until further notice, the BFA in Electronic Visualization is not accepting applications for admission.


To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Visualization degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The Electronic Visualization degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. A portfolio review is required prior to acceptance as a major in the Electronic Visualization curriculum.

Degree Requirements—Electronic Visualization

BFA in Electronic Visualization Degree Requirements
Hours
First-Year Program 24
General Education and Foundation Courses 33
Electronic Visualization Major Requirements 66
Electives outside the School of Art and Design 11
Total Hours—BFA in Electronic Visualization 134


First-Year Program
See previous section First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

 

General Education and Foundation Courses
See previous section General Education and Foundation Courses for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Electronic Visualization Major Requirements

Courses Hours
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics 4
AD 206—Intermediate Computer Graphics 4
AD 305—Electronic Visualization I 4
AD 307—Electronic Visualization II 4
AD 308—3-D Modeling: Alias 4
AD 309—Advanced 3-D Modeling/Animation 4
AD 415—Design Colloquium 4
AD 405—Smart Art: Physical Computing 4
AD 407—Virtual Reality I     4
AD 408—Virtual Reality II 4
AD 409—Electronic Visualization: Senior Project 4
AD electives chosen in consultation with the student’s advisora 16
   
AH electives chosen with advisor’s approval from the following: 6
AH 204—Greek Art and Archaeology (3)  
AH 230—History of Photography I—The Nineteenth Century (3)  
AH 231—History of Photography II—The Twentieth Century (3)  
AH 232—History of Film I: 1890 to World War II (3)  
AH 233—History of Film II: World War II to the Present (3)  
AH 430—Contemporary Photography (3)  
AH 432—Topics in Film and Video (3)  
Total Hours—Electronic Visualization Major Requirements 66

a Students are strongly encouraged to take AD 322—Interactive Product Design and AD 425—Design Visualization as part of their 16-hour elective requirement to prepare them for working in this highly technical field.


Electives outside the School of Art and Design

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives outside the School of Art and Design
11


Sample Course Schedule—Electronic Visualization

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and
Public Contexts
3
Total Hours
15
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for  Inquiry and Research
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
18
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics         
4
AH 110—Art History I
4
AD Elective
4
General Education Core course (recommend COMM 103)
3
Elective (recommend CS 101)
3
Total Hours
18
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 206—Intermediate Computer Graphics
4
AH 111—Art History II
4
General Education Core course (recommend MATH 180)
5
Elective (recommend CS 102)
3
General Education Core course         
2
Total Hours
18
   
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 308—3-D Modeling: Alias
4
AD 322—Interactive Product Design I
OR
AD Elective
4
AD 305—Electronic Visualization I
4
Elective (recommend MCS 360)
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
18
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 309—Advanced 3-D Modeling/Animation
4
AD 425—Design Visualization
OR
AD elective
4
AD 307—Electronic Visualization II
4
Elective (recommend MATH 181)
5
Total Hours
17
   
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 405—Smart Art: Physical Computing
4
AD 407—Virtual Reality I
4
AH Major
3
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
15
 
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 408—Virtual Reality II
4
AD 409—Electronic Visualization: Senior Project
4
AD 415—Design Colloquium
4
AH Major
3
Total Hours
15

 

BFA in Graphic Design

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Art and Design degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. A portfolio review is required prior to acceptance as a major in the Graphic Design curriculum.

Degree Requirements—Graphic Design

BFA in Graphic Design Degree Requirements Hours
First-Year Program 24
General Education and Foundation Courses 33
Graphic Design Major Requirements 66
Electives outside the School of Art and Design 11
Total Hours—BFA in Graphic Design 134


First-Year Program
See previous section First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

 

General Education and Foundation Courses
See previous section General Education and Foundation Courses for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Graphic Design Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics
4
AD 210—Graphic Design II
4
AD 211—Graphic Design III
4
AD 219—Typography I
4
AD 314—Graphic Design IV
4
AD 315—Graphic Design V
4
AD 317—Digital Media in Graphic Design
4
AD 411—Graphic Design Professional Practice
4
AD 412—Graphic Design Thesis
4
AD 415—Design Colloquium
4
AD 209—Color Theory
4
   
One of the following courses:
4
AD 267—Methods and Techniques of Digital Photography (4)  
AD 268—Methods and Techniques of Analog Photography (4)  
AD 274—Motion Graphics (4)  
   
AH 235—History of Design I: 1760-1925
3
AH 236—History of Design II: 1925 to the Present
3
AD electives chosen from any area within the School of Art and Design
12
Total hours—Graphic Design Major Requirements
66
   

Electives outside the School of Art and Design

 

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives outside the School of Art and Design
11

 

Sample Course Schedule—Graphic Design

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
Total Hours
15
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
18
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AH 110—Art History I
4
Elective
OR
AD 219—Typography I
4
AD 210—Graphic Design II
4
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics
OR
AD 209—Color Theory
4
Total Hours
16
 
Spring Semester
Hours
AH 111—Art History II
4
Elective
OR
AD 219—Typography I
4
AD 211—Graphic Design III
4
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics
OR
AD 209—Color Theory
4
Total Hours
16
   
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 314—Graphic Design IV
4
AD 260—Photography II
OR
AD 317—Digital Media
4
AH 235—History of Design I: 1760-1925
3
General Education Core course
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
17
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 315—Graphic Design V
4
AD 260—Photography II
OR
AD 317—Digital Media
4
AH 236—History of Design II: 1925 to the Present
3
General Education Core course
4
Total Hours
15
 
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 411—Graphic Design Professional Practice       
4
Elective
3
AD Elective
4
AD Elective
4
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
18
 
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 412—Graphic Design Thesis
4
AD 415—Design Colloquium
4
AD Elective
4
Elective
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
18

 

BFA in Industrial Design

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Art and Design degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. A portfolio review is required prior to acceptance as a major in the Industrial Design curriculum.

Degree Requirements—Industrial Design

BFA in Industrial Design Degree Requirements
Hours
First-Year Program 24
General Education Requirements 33
Industrial Design Major Requirements 66
Electives outside the School of Art and Design 11
Total Hours—BFA in Industrial Design 134


First-Year Program
See previous section First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

 

General Education and Foundation Courses
See previous section General Education and Foundation Courses for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Industrial Design Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics
4
AD 220—Industrial Design II
4
AD 221—Industrial Design III
4
AD 223—Drawing for Designers
4
AD 320—Industrial Design IV
4
AD 321—Industrial Design V
4
AD 322—Interactive Product Design I
4
AD 326—Materials and Methods
4
AD 415—Design Colloquium
4
AD 420—Interdisciplinary Product Design I
4
AD 421—Interdisciplinary Product Design II
4
AD 422—Interactive Product Design II
4
AD 423—Industrial Design Thesis
4
AH 235—History of Design I: 1760–1925
3
AH 236—History of Design II: 1925 to the Present
3
AD 425—Design Visualization
OR
AD Elective
8
Total Hours—Industrial Design Major Requirements
66
   

Electives outside the School of Art and Design

 

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives outside the School of Art and Design
11


Sample Course Schedule—Industrial Design

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
Total Hours
15
 
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
18
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 220—Industrial Design II
4
AH 110—Art History I
4
AD 223—Drawing for Designers
4
AD 205—Introduction to Computer Graphics
4
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 221—Industrial Design III
4
AH 111—Art History II
4
AD Elective
4
Elective          
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
18
   
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 320—Industrial Design IV
4
AD 326—Materials and Methods
4
AH 235 —History of Design I: 1760-1925
3
General Education Core course
4
Total Hours
15
 
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 321—Industrial Design V
4
AH 236—History of Design II: 1925 to the Present
3
AD 322—Interactive Product Design I
4
Elective          
4
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
18
 
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 420—Interdisciplinary Product Design I
4
AD 422—Interactive Product Design II
4
Elective
3
Elective
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
17
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 421—Interdisciplinary Product Design II
4
AD 423—Industrial Design Thesis
4
AD 415—Design Colloquium
4
AD 425—Design Visualization
OR
AD elective
4
Total Hours
16


BFA in Moving Image

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Moving Image degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The Moving Image degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. A portfolio review is required prior to acceptance as a major in the Moving Image curriculum.

Degree Requirements—Moving Image

BFA in Moving Image Degree Requirements
Hours
First-Year Program
24
General Education and Foundation Courses
33
Moving Image Major Requirements
62
Electives outside the School of Art and Design
11
Total Hours—BFA in Moving Image
130

 

First-Year Program
See previous section First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

 

General Education and Foundation Courses
See previous section General Education and Foundation Courses for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Moving Image Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
AD 278—Moving Image I
4
AD 362—Documentary Media
4
AD 378—Moving Image II
4
   
Two courses chosen in consultation with the
student’s advisor from the following:
8
AD 271—16mm Film Production I (4)  
AD 274—Motion Graphics I (4)  
AD 275—Writing for Moving Image (4)  
AD 276—Audio (4)  
AD 371—16mm Film Production II (4)
OR
AD 374—Motion Graphics II (4)
 
   
AD 290—Interdisciplinary Seminar I
4
AD 391—Interdisciplinary Seminar II
4
AD 462—Advanced Art/Studio Critique
6
AD 463—Art/Studio Thesis
6
AD electives chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor
16
AH 232—History of Film I: 1890 to World War II
3
AH 233—History of Film II: World War II to the Present
3
Total Hours—Moving Image Major Requirements
62
   

Electives outside the School of Art and Design

 

Courses
Hours
Total Hours-Electives outside the School of Art and Design
11

 

Sample Course Schedule—Moving Image

Freshman Year
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
Total Hours
15
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
Total Hours
15
   
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
Hours
AH 110—Art History I
4
AD 290—Interdisciplinary Seminar I
4
AD 271—16mm Film Production I
OR
AD 274—Motion Graphics I
OR
AD 278—Moving Image I
4
Elective
5
Total Hours
17
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AH 111—Art History II
4
General Education Core course
3
General Education Core course
3
AD 278—Moving Image I
OR
AD 274—Motion Graphics I
4
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
18
   
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
Elective          
3
AH 232—History of Film I: 1890 to World War II
3
AD 275—Writing for Moving Image
4
AD 391—Interdisciplinary Seminar II
4
AD 378—Moving Image II
4
Total Hours
18
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AH 160—Trends in International Contemporary Art since 1960
3
AH 233—History of Film II: World War II to the Present
3
AD 276—Audio
4
AD 362—Documentary Media
4
AD 371—16mm Film Production II
OR
AD 374—Motion Graphics II
4
Total Hours
18
   
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
General Education Core course
4
General Education Core course
3
AD 462—Advanced Art/Studio Critique
6
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
17
   
Spring Semester
Hours
Elective
3
General Education Core course
3
AD 463—Art/Studio Thesis
6
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
16


BFA in Photography

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The Photography degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. A portfolio review is required prior to acceptance as a major in the Photography curriculum.

Degree Requirements—Photography

BFA in Photography Degree Requirements
Hours
First-Year Program
24
General Education and Foundation Courses
33
Photography Major Requirements

62

Electives outside the School of Art and Design
11
Total Hours—BFA in Photography
130

First-Year Program
See previous section First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

General Education and Foundation Courses
See previous section General Education and Foundation Courses for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Photography Major Requirements

Courses
Hours
AD 261—Color Photography
4
AD 262—View Camera Photography
4
AD 267—Methods and Techniques of Digital Photography
4
AD 268—Methods and Techniques of Analog Photography           
4
AD 360—Projects in Digital Media
4
AD 362—Documentary Media
4
AD 290—Interdisciplinary Seminar I
4
AD 391—Interdisciplinary Seminar II
4
AD 462—Advanced Art/Studio Critique
6
AD 463—Art/Studio Thesis
6
AD 209—Color Theory
4
AD Elective
4
AD Elective
4
   
AH electives chosen with advisor’s approval from
the following (AH 230, 231, or 430 preferred):
6
AH 204—Greek Art and Archaeology (3)  
AH 230—History of Photography I—The Nineteenth Century (3)  
AH 231—History of Photography II—The Twentieth Century (3)  
AH 232—History of Film I: 1890 to World War II (3)  
AH 233—History of Film II: World War II to the  Present (3)  
AH 404—Topics in Architecture, Art, and Design (3)  
AH 430—Contemporary Photography (3)  
AH 432—Topics in Film and Video (3)  
Total Hours—Photography Major Requirements
62
   

Electives outside the School of Art and Design

 
Courses  
Total Hours—Electives outside the School of Art and Design
11

Sample Course Schedule—Photography

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
Total Hours
15
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
Total Hours
15
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AH 110—Art History I
4
General Education Core course
3
Elective                      
3
AD 290—Interdisciplinary Seminar I
4
AD 267—Methods and Techniques of Digital Photography
OR
AD 268—Methods and Techniques of Analog Photography
4
Total Hours
18
 
Spring Semester
Hours
AH 160—Trends in International Contemporary Art since 1960
3
General Education Core course         
3
Elective                 
3
AD 209—Color Theory
4
AD 267—Methods and Techniques of Digital Photography
OR
AD 268—Methods and Techniques of Analog Photography
4
Total Hours
17
   
Junior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 391—Interdisciplinary Seminar II
4
AD 262—View Camera/Studio Lighting
4
AD 360—Advanced Projects in Digital Media
4
General Education Core course
4
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AH 111—Art History II
4
AD 261—Color Photography
4
AD 362—Documentary Media
4
Elective
5
Total Hours
17
   
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
General Education Core course
3
AH Major
3
AD 462—Advanced Art/Studio Critique
6
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
General Education Core course
3
AH Major
3
AD 463—Art/Studio Thesis
6
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
16

 

BFA in Studio Arts—Painting and Sculpture

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The Studio Arts degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Degree Requirements—Studio Arts

BFA in Studio Arts Degree Requirements Hours
First-Year Program 24
General Education and Foundation Courses 33
Studio Arts Major Requirements 62
Electives outside the School of Art and Design 11
Total Hours—BFA in Studio Arts 130

 

First-Year Program

See previous section First-Year Program for All Art and Design Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

General Education and Foundation Courses

See previous section General Education and Foundation Courses for Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Moving Image, Photography, and Studio Arts Degree Programs for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Studio Arts Major Requirements
Students may concentrate in one area (painting or sculpture) or may explore both studio disciplines.

Courses
Hours
AD 203—Topics in Drawing Studio I
4
AD 209—Color Theory
4
AD 290—Interdisciplinary Seminar I
4
AD 391—Interdisciplinary Seminar II
4
AD 230—Painting I: Beginning
4
AD 251—Topics in Seriality and Replication
4
 
Eight hours chosen from the following (each of which may be repeated to fulfill the requirement):
8
AD 332—Topics in Painting Studio (4)  
AD 342—Topics in Sculpture Studio (4)  
   
AD 462—Advanced Art/Studio Critique
6
AD 463—Art/Studio Thesis
6
Six hours of AH electives at the 200- or 300-level related to the major area of concentration chosen with the approval of the advisor
6
AD Electives
12
Total Hours—Studio Arts Major Requirements
62
   

Electives outside the School of Art and Design

 

Courses

Hours

Total Hours—Electives outside the School of Art and Design

11

 

Sample Course Schedule—Studio Arts

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
Total Hours
15
   
Spring Semester
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I
OR
AD 110—Graphic Design I
4
AD 120—Industrial Design I
OR
AD 140—Sculpture I
4
AD 160—Photography I
OR
AD 170—Time-Based Visual Arts
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
Total Hours
15
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
AH 110—Art History I         
3
General Education Core course
4
Elective          
3
AD 290—Interdisciplinary Seminar I
4
AD 203—Topics in Drawing Studio I
OR
AD 230—Painting I: Beginning
OR
AD 251—Topics in Seriality and Replication
4
Total Hours
18
 
Spring Semester
Hours
AH 160—Trends in International Contemporary Art since 1960
3
General Education Core course
3
Elective
3
AD 209—Color Theory
4
AD 203—Topics in Drawing Studio I
OR
AD 230—Painting I: Beginning
OR
AD 251—Topics in Seriality and Replication
4
Total Hours
17
   
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
General Education Core course
4
AD 391—Interdisciplinary Seminar II
4
AD 332—Topics in Painting Studio
OR
AD 342—Topics in Sculpture Studio
OR
AD Elective
4
AD 304—Topics in Drawing Studio II
OR
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
Elective          
5
AH 111—Art History II
4
AD 332—Topics in Painting Studio
OR
AD 342—Topics in Sculpture Studio
OR
AD Elective
4

AD 304—Topics in Drawing Studio II
OR
AD Elective

4
Total Hours
17
   
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
General Education Core course
3
AH Major
3
AD 462—Advanced Art/Studio Critique
6
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
General Education Core course
3
AH Major
3
AD 463—Art/Studio Thesis
6
AD Elective
4
Total Hours
16

 

Minor in Studio Arts

Students from other disciplines who wish to minor in Studio Arts must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours, distributed as follows.

Required Courses—Studio Arts Minor
Hours
AD 102—Drawing I: Beginning
4
AD 140—Sculpture I: Beginning
4
AD 230—Painting I: Beginning
4
AD 251—Topics in Seriality and Replication           
4
AD 290—Studio Seminar I
4
   
One additional course at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level chosen from the following, depending on student’s area of interest:
4
AD 203—Drawing II: Intermediate (4)  
AD 209—Color Theory (4)  
AD 231—Painting II: Intermediate (4)  
AD 241—Sculpture II: Intermediate (4)  
AD 252—Printmaking II: Intermediate (4)  
AD 304—Drawing III: Advanced (4)  
AD 351—Printmaking III: Advanced (4)  
AD 432—Painting III: Advanced (4)  
AD 442—Sculpture III: Advanced (4)  
Total Hours—Studio Arts Minor
24

 

Cooperative Education Program

Positions are available in the cooperative education program for students with junior standing and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00/4.00. Portfolio review and approval of the faculty are required. Students gain valuable employment experience through parallel work placement and a full-time or part-time course of study. Program participation may lead to permanent employment opportunities following graduation.

 

Distinction

Distinction in Art and Design is awarded to students who obtain a grade point average of at least 3.75/4.00 in all AD courses.