Academics

Art (Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree)

Program Details

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree is a comprehensive professional undergraduate degree that stresses high standards of performance. The Art (studio) option provides students with opportunities to broaden their knowledge of Art and to develop technical proficiency in chosen studio areas such as ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing and jewelry design, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. The Graphic Design option focuses on developing creative problem-solving skills and a critical visual aesthetic that students need to succeed in the current design industry. The concentrated curricular structure of the B.F.A. allows students to integrate knowledge, experience, and technical skill as it prepares them for the intellectual and cultural world of art/design or for graduate study.

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program

An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Fine 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

art conservation

Art conservation and restoration

Graphic Design Career Paths

Graduates of the Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine 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 Fine 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 BFA studio graduates have been accepted into MFA graduate programs. 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.

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts—Art

Admission: To enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in the Art (Studio) or Graphic Design option, students are required to pass an Entry Portfolio Review (ARTS 210). Students are eligible to submit their portfolio after completing the four studio foundation courses in the Art core (ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240). The Entry Portfolio Review is recommended for students who have earned 30 s.h. of credit. A grade point average of at least 2.50 in Art and a positive Entry Portfolio Review are required for admittance into the B.F.A. program.

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

In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education licensure rules, all candidates seeking teacher licensure are required by Western Illinois University to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all directed General Education courses, all core courses, and all courses in the option. Note a “C-” is below a “C”.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
    Option C, Teacher Education, should include a General Education mathematics course
  2. Core Courses: ARTH 282*, 283*; ARTS 101, 102, 140, 240, 241: 21 s.h.
  3. Special Course: Choose one of ARTH 392†, 394†, or 397†: 3 s.h.
  4. Options of Study (select A, B, or C)
    1. Art (Studio)
      1. Option Courses: ARTS 115, 210, 310, 410, 495: 7 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives: 51 s.h.
        1. Primary Studio Electives: 30 s.h.
        2. Departmental Studio Electives: Studio 2-D and 3-D1: 15 s.h.
        3. Art History Electives2: 6 s.h.
    2. Graphic Design
      1. Option Courses: ARTS 115, 210, 310, 416: 6 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives: 52 s.h.
        1. Primary Studio Electives: Select 21 s.h. from the following courses: ARTS 215, 246, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 414, 415: 21 s.h.
        2. Secondary Studio Area: 15 s.h.
        3. Departmental Studio Electives: Studio 2-D and 3-D1: 10 s.h.
        4. Art History Electives1: 6 s.h.
    3. Art—Teacher Education
      1. Option Courses: 21 s.h.
        ARTE 360, 361, 411, 437; ARTH 284; ARTS 115; ARTS 246 or IDT 240
      2. Directed Electives: 15 s.h.
        1. Departmental Studio Electives1: 12 s.h.
        2. Art History Elective2: 3 s.h.
      3. Other: 33 s.h.
        1. EDUC 439: 3 s.h.
        2. EIS 202, 301, 303, 305, 401: 12 s.h.
        3. ENG 366 or RDG 387: 2 s.h.
        4. SPED 210, 390: 4 s.h.
        5. STCH 480, 482: 12 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
Email: art@wiu.edu
Location: Garwood Hall 32
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
Email:WT-Clow@wiu.edu
COFAC Email: cofac@wiu.edu
Location: Browne Hall 115
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1618

COFAC Website

Art Advising

Jan Clough
Art Studio
Garwood Hall 33
Phone:(309) 298-1443
Email: JB-Clough@wiu.edu

Garwood Hall