In Visual Arts courses, faculty and students work together in a professional and creative learning environment.

Welcome to the exciting journey of the B.A. in Visual Arts at UIS! We're here to help you unlock your creativity, refine your skills, and prepare for a future full of artistic possibilities.

Course Highlights:

  • Tailor your studies to match your professional and personal ambitions. Focus on one medium or sample a diverse range of art and design perspectives.
  • Choose from courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, photography, and art history.
  • Master the Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, etc. and learn HTML and CSS via Digital Media courses.

Scholarships and Awards:

  • Pursue your Visual Arts degree with confidence! We offer various scholarships, including the Andy and Edie Glosecki Scholarship, J. Porter and Alyce V. Coble Memorial Scholarship, Daniel Lesh Memorial Award, and H. Albert Inkel Memorial Scholarship.
  • Don't miss the opportunity to apply for the Student Studio Award annually.

Discover Your Passion:

  • You'll acquire essential skills in different studio disciplines, explore art's historical context, and dive deep into philosophical concepts.
  • Develop critical thinking, unleash your creativity, and master the art of communication—both verbally and visually.
  • Our professional and creative learning environment encourages inquiry and analysis through information literacy and research.

Real-World Exposure:

  • Immerse yourself in art beyond the classroom with exhibitions featuring renowned regional and national artists.
  • Attend openings and workshops to gain exposure to contemporary art and learn from professional artists.
  • Master the tools of a maker space, including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, wide-format printers, vacuum formers, etc.

Showcase Your Talent:

Conclude your Visual Arts journey with a Senior Exhibition held every spring in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Career Pathways:

  • Visual Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Gallery Director
  • Curator
  • Illustrator
  • Freelance Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Art Critic
  • Sculptor
  • Museum Conservator
  • Creative Director
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Photographer
  • Archivist
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Animator
  • Brand Designer
  • Painter
  • Printmaker

Your artistic journey begins here. Join us at UIS to transform your passion for art into a fulfilling career!

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