Students in the Department of Art & Design at Eastern Illinois University enjoy access to dedicated faculty, exceptional facilities and excellent career preparation. The art department offers both Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs. In addition to its exceptional undergraduate degree offerings, the department offers unique graduate programs: Master of Arts (MA) Studio Art, Master of Arts (MA) Art Education or Community Arts options.
The BFA degree program has options in art education, graphic design, and art studio with emphasis in either two-dimensional media or three-dimensional media. The BA degree program has options in art history and art studio with emphasis in either two-dimensional media or three-dimensional media. More information regarding each degree option is available on that option's program page, found under the "Degrees / Options" tab in the top menu bar.
Each option is designed to provide the student with in-depth experience and knowledge in a variety of studio techniques, art theories and historical perspectives. Eastern Illinois University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Take a look at the 2021 Undergraduate All Student Art Exhibition
Undergraduate students are actively engaged with creative and scholarly activities in all areas.
Whether it's getting a professional job, a teaching position, or going on to a Master’s program, our students have been very successful after they have completed their bachelor’s degree. With a strong focus on developing students’ creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, we are dedicated to the success of our students in the program and beyond.
All courses for students majoring in the Art are taught by research active faculty. You’ll be able to meet and work with professional faculty early in your educational career. With small class size and a myriad of practical and field based experiences, you will leave Eastern Illinois University well prepared and well prepared in your field.
The Foundations program allows students to develop their artistic talent and build creative and practical skills for the next level of study in the visual arts. Click here for more information on this program.
The art education option provides professional training and art studio experiences leading to teacher licensure in art for grades K – 12. Click here for more information on this program.
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. Click here for more information on this program.
The studio 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 principle, and safety. Click here for more information on this program.
The studio 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 principle, and safety. Click here for more information on this program.
The art history area at EIU offers a flexible and comprehensive bachelor's degree that provides students with expanded knowledge of a wide range of art periods and world cultures. Click here for more information on this program.
The Department of Art & Design offers three minors — the art history minor, the graphic design minor and the studio art minor. Click here for more information on our minors.
Specializes in the area of figurative art. The creative theme of recent work is based on Greek Mythology in a style of Romantic Realism.
Associated with the New Aesthetics movement, an informal group of artists and writers who emphasize the physical and material nature of art.
Graphic design, with an emphasis on interactive media and motion graphics. Original video-narratives and experimental "video-poems".
"Everything from the inspirational faculty to the refreshing, creative space and tools of Doudna Fine Arts Center has allowed me to start and progress my career in graphic design." "Adam Limanowski, BFA Graphic Design ('13)
"I quickly realized that the professors at EIU and their commitment to their students were unmatched. This commitment made me want to work even harder to rise to the expectations of my professors and to the potential that was inside of me."Frankie Flood, BA Art Education ('98), MA Studio Art ('00)
"I found the Art Education program to be rigorous and comprehensive. Upon completion of my undergraduate experience I felt qualified and prepared to teach."Justin Henry Miller, BA Art Education (’02), MA Art Studio (‘03)
"At EIU I found encouraging and supportive faculty members who challenged me to reach my full potential as an art student. This environment increased my lifelong interest in learning; as my professors told me, learning never stops.”Katie Kameen, BFA 3D Studio Art ('13)