Department of Art


All students are encouraged to become thinking artists that look beyond the ordinary to find original visual solutions to complex design problems.

All faculty and staff in the Department of Art are here to help offer you experiences that are designed to aid your growth in a nurturing community of outstanding students, faculty artists, designers, art educators.

New Opportunities For Growth and Development

For all students we offer degree programs, exhibits, visiting artists lectures, and new media experiences that will help you find your place as an artist, designer, or art educator.

To become an Art student at Western Illinois University, you must first be academically admitted to the University: (Apply Now)

Admission to the Department of Art at Western Illinois University is open; a portfolio is not required for admission. However, if you are interested in applying for scholarships, you will need to submit a portfolio. Advice about preparing a portfolio is offered below, and you can find more help on-line. (Note: Applications may be filed at any point during the school year prior to entering; however, early applications are encouraged.

You are urged to submit a portfolio so that an assessment of strengths and weakness can be made prior to entering classes. Contact the Department of Art Office to learn of specific applicant dates, and scholarship deadline updates.

How to Prepare an Art Portfolio

Here are a three links to help you.

Current Students

Seek your Academic Advisor for registration help, questions about Courses , your Degree Plan , university policies, grade changes, withdrawing from classes, or any other item.

Your Art Professors are also your mentors, so their advice is also available to you.