Art (BFA)

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The BFA degree options are Art Education, Graphic Design, and Studio Art (two-dimensional emphasis and three-dimensional emphasis). The Art Education option provides professional training and art studio experiences leading to teacher licensure in art for grades K-12. The Graphic Design option allows students to develop creative and technical skills in visual communication concepts and time-based media. The option has a selective admissions program for advancement to the junior and senior years. The Studio Art option with two-dimensional emphasis offers students the opportunity to study various 2D studio media. Studio classes are offered in drawing, painting, printmaking and digital art. Instruction in the studio processes is done with an emphasis on creativity, craftsmanship, application and understanding of design principles, and safety. The Studio Art option with three-dimensional emphasis offers the student the opportunity to study various 3D studio media. Studio classes are offered in ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry and sculpture. Instruction in the studio processes is done with an emphasis on creativity, craftsmanship, application and understanding of design principles, and safety.


Graphic Design, Studio Art, Teacher Licensure


Two-Dimensional Emphasis (2D), Three-Dimensional Emphasis (3D)

Hours Required

Graphic Design & Studio Options 120-128 semester hours depending on Foreign Language graduation requirement, Art Education option 132-152 semester hours depending on Professional Education courses and Foreign Language graduation requirement

Four Year Degree Plan

Course Catalog Listing (Teacher Licensure Option) (Studio Art Option) (Graphic Design Option)

Typical Starting Positions

K-12 Art Teacher, Exhibit Design Preparer, Graphic Designer print media, Graphic Design electronic media, Advertising Designer print media, Advertising Designer electronic media, Freelance Illustrator, Museum Education, Art Director, Web Designer, Art Museum or Gallery Assistant, Self-employed Artist

Study Abroad Opportunities

EIU Art Study Abroad Program - Summer 2015

Indonesia -

Italy -

Student Professional Organizations

Student Chapter of Illinois Art Education Association

Art Association

Professional Development Opportunities

Graphic Design Internships

Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

Art Education Faculty:

Dr. Patricia Belleville - Area of research interest is “Background Knowledge,” which is what a student knows about knowledge in a particular domain. This knowledge manifests itself as vocabulary, and leads to concept formation through the use of vocabulary in the discussion and making of art. The ability to be able to use appropriate vocabulary in talking or thinking about art may also help adults retain a life long interest in art. Current research project examines the use of the National Social Studies Standards to guide the use of Art History in the development of art curriculums and how they can be used to structure the way children think about art. The topics presented as part of the social studies curriculum allow the students to develop background knowledge about a subject and will enable them to learn the subject thoroughly and provide depth and breath to the educational experience.

Instructor, ABD. Karen Cast - Experienced educator versed in curriculum development, and development and assessment of student outcomes.

Graphic Design Faculty:

Prof. Charles Nivens - Graphic Design

Assoc. Prof. David Richardson - Graphic design, with an emphasis on interactive media and motion graphics.

Studio Art Faculty:

Asst. Prof. Matthew Boonstra - Medium to large scale, gallery sculpture.

Prof. Jenny Chi - Specialize in the area of figurative art. The creative theme of recent work is based on Greek Mythology in a style of Romantic Realism.

Assoc. Prof. Ann Coddington - Utilizes fiber techniques from the traditional craft of basketry to create sculptural expressions that explore how life experiences are sensed, evinced, accumulated and stored in the body.

Prof. David Griffin - Jewelry and hollowware design.

Prof. Chris Kahler - Creative work is focused on painting. Areas of expertise include oils, acrylic and watercolor.

Instructor, Bo Kim - Creative work is focused on painting. Areas of expertise include oils, acrylic and watercolor.

Prof. Dwain Naragon - The focus of creative work in ceramics is centered around the use of the potters wheel to create vessel forms and tiles in both stoneware and porcelain clays.

Asst. Prof. Alan Pocaro - Creative work is focused on painting and digital art. Areas of expertise include oils, acrylic, printmaking and watercolor.

Art History Faculty:

Dr. Stephen Eskilson - Modern and contemporary periods, with a focus on the history of graphic design and the evolution of motion graphics over the last decade.

Dr. Robert Petersen - Various ways modern media adopt traditional means of expression and history of contemporary narrative art.

Dr. Mary Simpson - Research is focused on how various museum curators, art dealers, collectors, critics, and art organizations aided, challenged, and stymied efforts to develop support in Chicago for the artists of the New York School during the 1950s and how these efforts aided, challenged, and stymied the Exhibition Momentum Group, formed in 1948 by artist Leon Golub, as it struggled to secure regional and national recognition for Chicago artists. Additional research topics have included American printmaking since 1976, service-learning pedagogy, and, most recently, environmentally concerned art in America since 1990.

Art (BFA), Doudna Fine Arts Center 2670
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