Undergraduate Overview

Bachelor of Arts
Undergraduate Minor

ffice Phone: (217) 206-6240
ffice Location: VPA 62

Departmental Goals and Objectives

The Department of Art, Music, and Theatre includes academic programs of study in the disciplines of Art, Music, and Theatre. Art offers a B.A. and a minor in Visual Arts. Minors are also offered in Theatre and Music. The Department of Art, Music, and Theatre fosters study in the practical application of various arts disciplines, as well as study in the historical, cultural, and philosophical underpinnings of each discipline. Visual Arts courses are listed in the course schedule with the prefix ART. Music courses are listed in the course schedule with the MUS prefix, and Theatre courses are listed in the course schedule with the prefix THE. Please refer to each discipline’s catalog entry or website for information about courses, degree offerings, and co-curricular opportunities.

In Visual Arts courses, faculty and students work together in a professional and creative learning environment.  The Bachelor of Arts curriculum allows students to tailor a course of study suited to their professional and personal ambitions.  Students have the option to focus their studies in one media area, or sample a broad range of art and design perspectives.  Visual Arts offers a variety of courses in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, digital media, three-dimensional modeling, photography, art history, and art.

As an extension of classroom teaching, the department sponsors exhibitions of 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 contemporary art 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 Daniel Lesh Memorial Scholarship, the Glosecki Memorial Scholarship, the H. Albert Inkel Memorial Scholarship, and the Schnirring Dungan Scholarship are awarded to students pursuing a degree in Visual Arts. Additionally, students may apply for the Student Studio Award on an annual basis.


It is recommended that students meet regularly with their advisor, typically once per term, to assess their progress. In the fall term of the senior year, Visual Arts majors are required to present works of art for preliminary review by Visual Arts faculty.  Students that pass the preliminary review are approved for enrollment the following spring in the Visual Arts capstone course,  ART 482 ECCE: Professional Skills.  Students in ART 482 ECCE: Professional Skills are required to produce a finished body of work for exhibition at the end of the spring term.  In addition to works of art, students produce artist’s statements, a professional portfolio, and other supporting materials as specified by the instructor of record for the class.  Finally, a committee consisting of the UIS Visual Arts faculty and one outside assessor conducts an oral defense for each capstone student and makes an assessment regarding the quality and professionalism of all presented materials.