Art (Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Program Details

The Bachelor of Arts in Art degree is a broad, well-rounded liberal arts degree. The (studio) Art option allows the student to tailor the program to his/her individual needs by offering a variety of intensive studio tracks including ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing and jewelry design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The Graphic Design option focuses on the development of the necessary design skills and aesthetic but also allows students the opportunity to explore other areas of interest. The Teacher Education option provides students with an essential combination of coursework including art studio courses, art history courses, courses from the College of Education and Human Services, and courses in Art Education methods, theories, practices, and research. Students in the Teacher Education option will develop the pedagogical and artistic skills and the competencies needed to qualify them for employment in art programs teaching kindergarten through high school levels.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program

An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Arts in Art: Master of Arts in Museum Studies. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years.

View detailed integrated degree requirements for museum studies.

Student Activities

The Department of Art provides many activities that are of interest to our majors and other members of the University community. Student organizations, such as the Student Art League, the Clay Club, and the Metals Club, offer students a unique opportunity to participate in art activities on a more personal level and to get an inside look at the world of an artist. Students also have the opportunity to become involved in many other campus activities. Artistic and academically gifted students are selected for membership in Kappa Pi, an international Honorary Art Fraternity.

Special Opportunities in Art

Students have the potential to study with visiting artists, attend special workshops, and travel to major art centers. A low student-to-faculty ratio provides for many one-on-one learning experiences. The Art program is housed in three buildings: (1) Garwood Hall (painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, and art education), (2) the Heating Plant Annex (sculpture, ceramics, and metals), and (3) the Art Gallery. Each year, the Art Gallery sponsors 15 to 20 exhibitions. Academically talented and motivated Art students may apply for admission to the Centennial Honors College.

Department Minors

  • Art History
  • Art Studio
  • Emerging Design Technologies
  • Graphic Design

Additional Resources

Possible Careers in Art

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Hands-on learning from art education professionals

Graphic Design Career Paths

Graduates of the Graphic Design Bachelor of Arts degree often pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree or seek a career as a professional artist in studio or graphic design fields. Many of our Graphic Design graduates have been accepted into MFA graduate programs or are working as professional designers. This is a strong testament to the quality of our graduates. Placement for our Graphic Design students remains at over 90% for the past eight years.

Art Studio Career Paths

Graduates of the Art Studio Bachelor of Arts degree usually find employment in art-related fields such as graphic design. The combination of the Art major with a graphic design concentration and a minor make for some interesting employment opportunities. Some graduates choose to pursue a second bachelor’s or an advanced degree.

Art Education Career Paths

Graduates of the Art Education Bachelor of Arts degree often find employment in the Illinois public school system as art teachers. Some will teach at the elementary level and others at the middle or high school levels. Some graduates pursue advanced degrees. Historically, placement has been very high—over 90%! This is a strong testament to the quality of our Art Education majors and of our program.

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course descriptions.

Bachelor of Arts—Art

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Art must complete I, II, III, and IV.A or IV.B below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: ARTH 282*, 283*; ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240: 18 s.h.
  3. Special Course: Choose one of ARTH 392†, 394†, or 397†: 3 s.h.
  4. Options of Study (select A or B)
    1. Art (Studio)
      1. Option Courses: ARTS 115, 495: 6 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives: 27 s.h.
        1. Departmental Studio Electives: Studio 2-D and 3-D1: 24 s.h.
        2. Art History Elective2: 3 s.h.
      3. 3. Open Electives: 29 s.h.
    2. Graphic Design
      1. Option Courses: 24 s.h.
        1. ARTS 115, 416: 6 s.h.
        2. Select 18 s.h. from the following courses:
          ARTS 215, 246, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 414, 415: 18 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives: 9 s.h.
        1. Departmental Studio Electives: Studio 3-D1: 6 s.h.
        2. Art History Elective2: 3 s.h.
      3. Open Electives: 29 s.h.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

* May count toward the University General Education requirement.

† ARTH 392, 394, or 397 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement.

1 At least 6 s.h. must be taken in Studio 3-D.

2 Must be 300- or 400-level ARTH course(s)

Contact Information

Department of Art

Ms. Kathleen Myers, Interim Chairperson
Location: Garwood Hall 32A
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1549

Art Website

Art Directory

College of Fine Arts & Communication (COFAC)

Mr. William Clow, Dean
COFAC Email:
Location: Browne Hall 115
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1618

COFAC Website

Art Advising

Ta-Teh Ku
Art Education
Garwood Hall 24
Phone: (309) 298-1706

Jan Clough
Art Studio
Garwood Hall 33
Phone:(309) 298-1443

Garwood Hall