Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Electronic Visualization, Graphic Design; M. F. A. Graphic Design, New Media Arts
Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $12,284, nonresidents $24,674; graduate residents $14,982, nonresidents $26,980 for the 2010 – 2011 school year. These figures include tuition differentials for the School of Architecture and the Arts. Fees of approximately $2,700 per year are additional.
601 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Scope of Program:
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers Fine Arts programs in Electronic Visualization (called New Media Arts at the graduate level) and Graphic Design. All undergraduate Fine Arts students participate in the First-Year Program, which includes coursework in drawing, graphic design, industrial design, sculpture, photography and time-based arts. Upon completion of the First-Year Program, students must pass a portfolio review and apply to their chosen concentrations. Electronic Visualization students focus on contemporary art, computer graphics, 3D modeling, smart art and virtual reality. Students participate in a design colloquium and complete a senior project. Graphic Design students concentrate on color theory, computer graphics, art history, digital media and a sequence of graphic design courses. Students participate in a design colloquium and create a senior thesis.
Master's degree candidates in both Graphic Design and New Media Arts must pass a second semester review in order to continue their programs. Graphic Design students take courses in contemporary theory, advanced graphic design and interactivity in graphic design and complete a thesis project. New Media Arts students focus on interactive product design, embedded media, animation and advanced electronic visualization. Students create an exhibition and related documentation.
All students must purchase a Macintosh laptop computer. Undergraduate transfer students should expect to spend four full years at University of Illinois at Chicago because of the sequenced focus of the Fine Arts program. A cooperative education (work experience) program is available. Students are expected to conduct independent research through museum visits, guest lecture attendance and extracurricular work. M. F. A. applicants must submit a portfolio. Scholarships and teaching assistantships are available. Illinois residents are encouraged to apply for Golden Apple Scholarships and other state scholarships. Entering freshmen and transfer students receive a four-year tuition cost guarantee; their tuition rates will not increase during that period.