Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

“My education at Western would not have been the same without art professors Michael and Julie Mahoney and Jan Clough. They were generous instructors. I not only gained skill from their instruction, but I learned a lot about being an artist, and about life in general,” Kristin Beaver - Painting - BFA 2000 -  

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree prepares students for careers employed in the art-related fields of advertising, communications and design, and for graduate art study.

The degree stresses high standards of performance and concentrated curricular structure which creates and insures quality in the undergraduate educational experience. Preparation includes the development of technical and creative skills, exposure to a broad range of media, and background in the historical study of art.

Art Studuent making a clay potPossible Careers

  • Independent Artists
  • Advertising Designer
  • Print Designer
  • College Art Faculty
    Why Choose Fine Arts at WIU?

    The curriculum consists of foundation courses in drawing and design; specialized courses in areas ranging from sculpture and painting to printmaking, jewelry, graphic design, and computer imaging; portfolio review; and a series of courses in the history of art, from ancient civilization through the modern age. Facilities on campus include buildings for two- and three-dimensional arts and a University Art Gallery featuring regional and national exhibitions throughout the school year.

    • An outstanding mix of dedicated actively exhibiting faulty is central to the reasons why one should consider studying Art at Western.
    • A low student-to-faculty ratio provides for many one-on-one learning experiences. Students are given opportunities to work directly with visiting artists, attend special workshops, and travel to major art centers.
    • The art program is housed in three buildings: Garwood Hall, built in 1917 houses painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, and art education. The Heating Plant Annex (HPA) houses sculpture, ceramics, and metals.
    • The Art Gallery houses an extensive and prized permanent collection of works by artists such as, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Winslow Homer, Thomas Nast, Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Joseph Albers, and Robert Rauschenberg.
    Meet Some of Our Graduates
    • Matt Zumbo, - Graphic Design - BFA, 1976 -
      Matt Zumbo has been creating artwork since 1973. Some of his clients include Simon and Schuster, Doubleday Books, Chemical Bank and Omni Magazine. He will well-known for his science fiction and fantasy illustrations, including covers for the "Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman" series by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and for Anne Logston's fantasies "Greendaughter" and "Wild Blood."
    • Derek Reeverts, - Ceramics - BFA 1999 -
      I was born to faith and farming.
      My eyes first opened in late summer. I am a friend to small towns…

      Derek Reeverts, - Ceramics
    • Kristin Beaver - Painting - BFA 2000 -


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At A Glance

  • Degree Available: Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors

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