Visual Arts Major

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Bachelor’s Degree Requirements


  • ART 261: Art History I and ART 262: Art History II – 6 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.*
    *Options include ART 203: Intro to Ceramics, ART 211: Intro to Painting, ART 215: Photography 1, or Art 236: Intro to Digital Media


  • Upper-division Art History courses (300- or 400-level) – 12 Hrs.
  • Upper-division Studio Art courses (300- or 400-level) – 24 Hrs.
  • ECCE: Engage Citizenship Common Experience – 10 Hrs.**
    ** ART 482 ECCE: Professional Skills is required and fulfills 3 Hrs.
  • Upper-division General Electives (300- or 400-level in ART or any other program) – 11 Hrs.

Students should consult with advisers 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. Three hours of the lower-division humanities requirement is satisfied by one of the following visual arts prerequisite courses: Two-Dimensional Design (ART 102), Three-Dimensional Design (ART 112), Drawing I (ART 113), History of Art I (ART 261), or History of Art II (ART 262). Three hours of the engagement ECCE requirement is fulfilled by ART 482 Professional Skills. ART 482 is administered through the student’s faculty adviser in accordance with approved program requirements for the course. Students must be enrolled in at least one studio course during the preceding term to qualify for enrollment in ART 482.


All Visual Arts students are assigned an academic advisor upon declaration of their major.  Academic 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 academic advisor and to take requirements when they are available could lead to a delay of a semester or more in graduation.


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.  Students are required to meet regularly with their advisor, typically once every term, to access their progress.

In the fall term of their senior year, Visual Arts students present their work for a preliminary critique by Visual Arts faculty.  In the following spring term, students enroll in Art 482, Professional Skills, where they work the entire term to promote and display their artwork in a formal gallery setting.  An oral defense of the body of work by the student completes requirements for the degree in Visual Arts.  At the end of the spring term, the artwork exhibited, the artist’s statement, and the oral defense are all assessed by a committee comprised of UIS Visual Art faculty, and one outside assessor, typically an art faculty from a higher education institute outside of UIS.