Prospective Students

If you’re just starting to explore the Arts at Illinois, WELCOME!

We are explorers, and we welcome you to join us in seeking new voices, embracing fresh viewpoints, building collaborations, finding solutions, and creating a world of sustainability, health, inclusivity, equity, and beauty. A nationally ranked institution, the College of Fine and Applied Arts is a singular constellation of programs devoted to artistic training and practice.


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FAA Flipbook
You can find many ways to express your creative ideas within the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Specialize, build your own major, or take courses in different fields to see where your imagination leads you. FAA has the most comprehensive collection of visual arts, performing arts, and environmental design programs in the country.

See a flipbook featuring the majors, departments, schools, and resources that FAA has to offer


Art and Design

The School of Art and Design prepares students for academic careers, jobs in creative industries, teaching, and work in the studio. The Industrial Design program has been ranked in the top ten in the country two years in a row (U.S. News and World Report 2012 and Design Intelligence 2013).

Performing Arts


Called “progressive” by the New York Times, Dance at Illinois is also one of the oldest and most respected programs in the United States. It furnishes students with a deep appreciation of this broad discipline, opportunities to choreograph and perform, and professional and creative skills to make meaningful contributions to the art form.


Ranked as one of the top ten music schools by U.S. College Rankings in 2011, the School of Music offers conservatory-like studies set within a tier-one research institution that hosts one of the largest music libraries in the world. With nearly 100 faculty members, approximately 800 students, and a staff of more than 30 professionals, the school maintains a busy calendar of concerts by ensembles and soloists, and renowned visiting international artists perform, give master classes, and meet individually with students.


Students may pursue degrees in acting, design and production, theatre studies, or history and criticism. A small and highly selective program, the Department of Theatre is an intimate community of theatre makers serious about honing their craft and innovating in the performing and production arts.

Environmental Design


The School of Architecture introduces students to all aspects of the architectural profession within the framework of a rigorous liberal education. Distinguished faculty members and specialized facilities augment opportunities to earn joint graduate degrees in urban and regional planning, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and business.

Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture strives to achieve a balance between the built and natural environments that requires a multidisciplinary approach involving environmental science, art, urban planning, history, construction, and much more. Founders of the discipline, University of Illinois landscape architects had a degree program in place by 1907. Today, the Department of Landscape Architecture has grown into a leading academic and research program and is one of only a fewundergraduate programs in the country and the only undergraduate program in Illinois.

Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is the number three planning department in the nation and is number one in the Midwest according to Planetizen, the primary source of rankings for U.S. urban planning programs. The department provides a comprehensive education in the humanities, modern analytical methods, the social and natural sciences, and problem solving vital to the profession. U.S. News and World Report declared urban and regional planning to be one of the fifty best careers in 2011 and projects continued growth in the field.

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