The Bachelor’s Degree


All Visual Arts students are assigned a faculty advisor upon declaration of the Visual Arts major.  Faculty 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 advisor before registering each semester, particularly before registering for the last semester of classes. These meetings outline requirements for graduation and ensure the student has planned his/her schedule 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 one semester or more in graduation.

Grading Policy

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in all ART courses that apply toward the major or minor (grades of C- or lower will not be accepted). A grade of C (2.0) or better must also be earned in all prerequisite courses.  Courses taken on a CR/NC basis will not count toward the Visual Arts major or minor requirements. 

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the UIS B.A. degree in Visual Arts are as follows:

Prerequisite Courses – Must be completed before enrolling in any upper division Visual Arts courses.
ART 102 Two Dimensional Design 3
ART 112 Three Dimensional Design 3
ART 113 Drawing 1 3
Introductory level studio course (ART 203, ART 211, ART 215, ART 236, or ART 304) 3
ART 261
ART 262
History of Art I
and History of Art II
Course Requirements
Upper-division Art History courses (ART 300- or 400-level) * See course list below. 12
Upper-division Studio Art courses (ART 300- or 400-level) **See course list below. 24
ART 301 Entrance Assessment 0
ART 481 Exit Assessment 0
ART 482 and ECCE requirements – ART 482 ECCE: Professional Skills is a required course for the major and fulfills three hours of the required 10 hours of ECCE: Engaged Citizenship Common Experience 10

Students should consult with their academic advisor for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. An Advanced Placement (AP) score of three or higher in the Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Three-Dimensional Design examinations can be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses ART 113 Drawing 1, ART 102 Two Dimensional Design, and ART 112 Three Dimensional Design

Upper Division Art History Courses*

Art Majors – Select three of the following upper division art history courses – Total of 12 hours 12
ECCE: European Cinema
ECCE: Arts and Identity in Pacific Island Cultures
ECCE: Symbolist Movement in Europe: 1850 – 1920
ECCE: Expatriate Paris
Modern Art History
Contemporary Art History
Women in Art: Discovering Her Story
Special Art History Studies
Philosophy of Art
Total Hours 12

Upper Division Studio Art Courses**

Art Majors – Select six of the following upper division art studio courses – Total of 24 hours 24
Photography II
Painting II
Life Drawing
Screen Printing
Digital Media: Print
Digital Media: Web
Digital Media: Animation
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
Ceramics II
Visual Storytelling and Reporting
Special Studies In Ceramics
Painting III
Painting IV
Printmaking II
Printmaking III
Special Studies In Sculpture
Contemporary Drawing
Digital Media: Typography
Sculpture III
Sculpture IV – Contemporary
Ceramics III
Ceramics IV
Advanced Visual Field Reporting
Special Studio Studies