The College of Fine and Applied Arts is dedicated to the advancement, practice, and understanding of the arts. The central focus of the college is the synergy between research and the preparation of students for professional careers in the creation and interpretation of the environmental, visual, and performing arts. Deeply related to that focus is the commitment to elevate and sustain the study of the arts as both a necessary mode of understanding and a vibrant expression of human experience within the local, national, and international communities.
We Are FAA
The College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois is singular in the nation for its diversity, innovation, and breadth. Home to creative thinkers in the performing, visual, design, and environmental arts, our college encourages daring collaborations and deeper cultural understanding. Our bold artists, researchers, and educators include Guggenheim Fellows, Doris Duke Award winners, Fulbright Scholars, members of learned societies, decorated educators, and renowned performers. Our dynamic atmosphere motivates us to generate work that pushes boundaries and addresses society's most pressing challenges.
It inspires us, and it helps us inspire the world. We see the arts as a way to understand and express the human experience. We are leaders and explorers. We are problem solvers and builders of a bright future.
We dream big. Then we make it happen.
Global Terminal at Chicago O'Hare Airport
Alumna Jeanne Gang, who founded and leads the architectural firm Studio Gang, won the international competition to design the O'Hare Global Terminal. When completed, this travel hub will stretch approximately 2.2 million square feet across Chicagoland and will feature energy-efficient infrastructure and materials.
In the Next Room
When they join a production team, theatre students might source fabric or furniture, design or sew period-appropriate costumes, construct scenery or work within an open stage, map out lighting schemes or control sound boards, or take the lead in running the show.
Department of Theatre, October–November 2017, Photo by Darrell Hoemann.
Graphic Design Exhibition 2018
Individual programs in the School of Art and Design host exhibitions to showcase student work. The Link Gallery, which is connected to Krannert Art Museum, features pieces by graphic designers, sculptors, sustainable designers, metal and fiber artists, photographers, painters, industrial designers, and those dedicated to new media.
Photo by Natalie Fiol.