Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Undergraduate Minor
Faculty Patrick Cheak, Brian Gillis, Michael Miller,
Associated Faculty J. Michael Duvall, Rosina Neginsky
Emeritus Faculty Robert Dixon, Larry Shiner
Contact: (217) 206-6240
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.uis.edu/visualarts/
visual arts program provides opportunity for studying the arts in a
context that emphasizes skills acquisition in various studio
disciplines as well as the understanding of historical and
philosophical concepts in art.
As an extension of classroom teaching, the visual arts program
sponsors exhibitions of regional artists, students, and faculty in
the gallery located on the second floor of the Health and Sciences
Building. Students are expected to attend openings and concurrent
workshops to gain experience in viewing and exhibiting a variety of
media and exposure to the work of professional artists. Student
participation is encouraged both in installation and management
procedures. Graduating students will present their senior
exhibitions in the gallery.
The Bruce A. Magidsohn Memorial Scholarship and the Glosecki
Memorial Scholarship are awarded annually to students in the visual
arts program. Contact financial assistance at 206-6724 for
Since work at the upper‑division level should not be a student's
first exposure to organized training in the arts, students should
have the associate in arts degree in visual art (or equivalent
schooling) and are expected to demonstrate basic competence in art
through completion of a studio course during the first semester at
UIS. Preliminary training should include six semester hours of art
history survey, three semester hours of two‑dimensional design, and
three semester hours of drawing. Lack of these courses is considered
a deficiency to be remedied during the first year at UIS. Other
requirements for admission to the program are identical to general
Students should consult a visual arts faculty member before
registering for the first time. A permanent adviser should be chosen
from among the program faculty before the end of the first semester
of study. Students are urged to consult their faculty advisers
before registering each semester and particularly before registering
for the last semester of classes.
Grading policy is determined by each instructor as appropriate
to the individual course and is announced at the beginning of the
A student wishing to enroll at UIS with a major in visual arts
must make an appointment with a member of the program faculty to
ascertain the student's career goals, assess preparation and
deficiencies for entering the program, make a plan of study, and
review a portfolio of his or her artwork (actual pieces or slides).
Midway through the course of study, the student and adviser will
make an additional assessment of the student's progress toward the
The final proof of learning is the presentation of an exhibit of
art work completed during the student's tenure at UIS, organized
through ART 482 Professional Skills. A full faculty critique of this
body of work completes requirements for the degree in visual arts.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours
of UIS requirements in the areas of liberal studies colloquia,
public affairs colloquia, and applied study. These hours must
include at least four hours in each of at least two of these areas.
Applied study opportunities most frequently include community
work in the graphic arts, photography, and art museums. ART 482
Professional Skills fulfills four hours of applied study credit and
is administered through the student's faculty adviser in accordance
with approved program requirements for the course. Students
fulfilling this requirement should request guidance from their
Specific requirements depend on the student's area of interest
and are determined in consultation with the adviser.
Requirements for the bachelor's degree in visual arts are as
Historical and analytical courses 12 Hrs.
Studio (at least four hours must be in an area outside
concentration) 24 Hrs.
Electives (eight hours must be in a field other than ART) 12 Hrs.
UIS Requirements (of which four hours must be
ART 482 Professional Skills) 12 Hrs.
Total 60 Hrs.
Optional. Honors project in art studies (four hours).
Requires faculty recommendation.
Tutorials. Available upon student request and with
permission of instructor.
Students will be expected to provide their own supplies in many
VISUAL ARTS MINOR
To earn a minor in visual arts, students must complete a minimum
of 16 semester hours, at least eight hours of which must be
upper‑division course work taken at the University of Illinois at
Springfield. Up to eight hours of transfer credit may be accepted.
One course in art history is required. Elective courses in visual
arts must total 12 semester hours. This should include two courses
in the visual arts studio area(s) that most closely fit the
student's interests. Students should consult with a visual arts
faculty adviser to ensure that they are meeting requirements as well
as their individual needs.