Studio Art (BA)

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Studio Art (BA)?

This major focuses on the study of art, design, and art history in the context of a broader program of study. Students gain a strong education in studio art while having the flexibility to pursue studies in other areas. You will have an individual studio space housed in a communal studio building. You'll be able to work alongside other student-artists in a strong, vibrant community. A significant part of the educational experience will also occur outside of the studio. As you progress through the program, you'll establish your focus and participate in exhibitions, performances, and critiques. You'll concentrate in one of seven areas:

  • Fashion
  • General Studio Art
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Career Options

  • Art criticism
  • Art theory
  • Gallery work
  • Illustration
  • Sculpture
  • Studio art

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.1 years to degree

89% first-year retention rate

63% four-year graduation rate

77% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898