Art and Art History

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Art and Art History ?

Illinois offers two distinct majors related to art history. Our Art and Art History program in FAA unites academic and studio training by offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in a combined art history and studio/design course of study. You'll gain experience in making art along with studying its history. You'll also develop skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, and writing. Earning this degree will qualify you to pursue a range of careers, museum work, or graduate study in either art history or studio practice. A portfolio review is required for admission to the School of Art and Design.

Career Options

  • Art history & criticism
  • Art investment
  • Art law
  • Curation
  • Gallery work
  • Government work
  • Lecturing
  • Library work
  • Museum work
  • Preservation & conservation
  • Teaching

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