Visual Art

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

The Visual Arts Department provides opportunity for studying the arts in a context that emphasizes the acquisition of skills in various studio disciplines, as well as the understanding of historical and philosophical concepts in art. Visual Arts faculty teach classes in a broad range of areas, including painting, drawing, digital media, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and art history.

As an extension of classroom teaching, the department sponsors exhibitions of both regionally and nationally recognized artists in the Visual Arts Gallery located on the second floor of the Health and Sciences Building. Students are expected to attend openings and concurrent workshops to gain exposure to the work and access to the technical expertise of professional artists. Student participation is encouraged both in installation and management of the art gallery. Visual Arts majors culminate their study at UIS with the presentation of their own work at the Senior Exhibition, held every spring at the Visual Arts Gallery. In addition, the Art Students League, a student group, organizes and curates exhibitions in the Access Gallery, an art space in the Visual and Performing Arts Building.
The Charlotte M. Weiss Scholarship, the Daniel Lesh Memorial Scholarship, and the Glosecki Memorial Scholarship are awarded annually to students in the Visual Arts Department.

Entrance Requirements for the Visual Arts Major
Upon declaration of the Visual Arts major, students should meet their assigned advisor and submit examples of their artwork for informal critique within their first term. It is strongly recommended that majors complete all lower-division prerequisites by the end of their sophomore year. The prerequisite courses include the following courses, or their equivalents: History of Art I and II (ART 261 and ART 262); Two Dimensional Design (ART 102) and Three Dimensional Design (ART 112); Drawing I (ART 113); and one introductory level art course in a specific discipline. Examples of introductory courses include the following: Introduction to Painting (ART 211); Introduction to Ceramics (ART 203); and Introduction to Digital Media (ART 236).

All Visual Arts students are assigned a faculty advisor upon declaration of their major. Advisors work with students to ascertain career goals, to assess preparation and deficiencies, and to make a plan of study. Students are urged to consult their faculty advisors before registering each semester, particularly before registering for the last semester of classes. These meetings make certain majors understand requirements for graduation and have planned their schedules to take all necessary courses in order to graduate on time. Failure to meet with an advisor and to take requirements when they are available could lead to a delay of a semester or more in graduation.

Grading Policy
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all ART courses that apply toward the degree. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis will not count toward the degree. The course grading policy is determined by each instructor as appropriate to the individual course and is announced at the beginning of the term.

Our first formal assessment of Visual Arts majors takes place in the first term of students’ junior year. All juniors are required to submit a portfolio of their best work for evaluation by the faculty in the beginning of the fall term. The final demonstration of learning is the presentation of an exhibit of artwork completed during the student’s tenure at UIS, organized through ART 482, ECCE: Professional Skills, which is taken the spring term of a student’s senior year. An oral defense of the body of work by the student completes requirements for the degree in Visual Arts. Both the artwork exhibited, artist’s statement, and oral defense are assessed by a committee comprised of UIS Visual Arts faculty, and one outside assessor, typically an art faculty from a higher education institute outside of UIS.

Major Requirements
Requirements for the BA degree in Visual Arts are as follows:

Lower Division Prerequisites (18 Hrs.)
ART 102 Two Dimensional Design 3 Hrs.
ART 112 Three Dimensional Design 3 Hrs.
ART 113 Drawing I 3 Hrs.
Introductory level studio course (100 or 200 level) 3 Hrs.
ART 261 and 262 History of Art I and II 6 Hrs.

Upper-division Art History courses (ART 300 or 400 level) 12 Hrs.
Upper-division Studio Art courses (ART 300 or 400 level) 24 Hrs.
Engaged Citizenship Common Experience* 13 Hrs.
(*Note: ART 482 ECCE: Professional Skills (fulfills ECCE Elective requirement for 3 Hrs.)

Upper-division General Electives (300 or 400 level)
(may be ART or any other program) 11 Hrs.

Students should consult with advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. An Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 or higher in the Drawing, Two Dimensional Design, and Three Dimensional Design examinations can be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses ART 113 (Drawing I), ART 102 (Two Dimensional Design, and ART 112 (Three Dimensional Design) The three-hour upper-division ECCE Elective requirement is fulfilled by ART 482, ECCE: Professional Skills. Students must be enrolled in at least one studio course during the preceding term to qualify for enrollment in ART 482.


To earn a minor in Visual Arts, students must complete a minimum of 16 semester hours, eight hours of which must be upper-division course work taken at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Up to four hours of studio or art history transfer credit may be accepted.

One course in art history is required and 12 hours of studio art classes are required. These courses should include two classes in the studio art area that most closely fits the student’s interests. Students should consult with a Visual Arts faculty advisor to ensure that they are meeting requirements as well as their individual needs.


Bachelor of Arts, Undergraduate Minor


Shane Harris, Michael Miller, Jonathan Perkins, Elizabeth Thomas
Associated Faculty: J. Michael Duvall, Rosina Neginsky
Emeritus Faculty: Robert Dixon, Larry Shiner


Phone: 217/206-6240