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.
Architectural Design for a Skyscraper
Michael Kim's course Comprehensive Integrative Design pushes graduate students to work under real-world constraints as they formulate ideas for complex projects like hospitals, research labs, or skyscrapers in conjunction with supervising architectural firms. Students consult directly with experts at the firms, who also play the role of the client in these simulations of the full process of designing structures.
The Skin of Our Teeth
You see the students onstage in Illinois Theatre productions, but behind the scenes are many others under the direction of faculty members and other professionals who design and make costumes, light the performers and sets, paint scenery, source props, run sound boards, build structures, research the plays and their contexts, and keep productions running smoothly.
Photo of The Skin of Our Teeth, Illinois Theatre, October 2014, by Darrell Hoemann.
Washington Street in Boston
In courses such as Cities: Planning and Urban Life, undergraduates explore how individuals, communities, and governments plan cities as they familiarize themselves with tools to help analyze ways to harmoniously integrate existing infrastructures with new buildings and systems.
Aaron R. White
Illinois alumni regularly give back by returning to campus to perform, speak, or train students. Aaron R. White, a 2011 graduate of the Dance at Illinois BFA program, went on to earn his MFA at Tisch School of the Arts. Since then he has been an instructor at the American Dance Festival, Gibney Dance, Dance New Amsterdam, the Joffrey Ballet/AfterSchool Matters Summer Dance Intensive of Chicago, and numerous other companies and programs. He is a guest artist with Dance at Illinois during the 2016–17 school year.
Aaron R. White dances in his piece In His Own Image at Krannert Center.
Berthe Morisot by Édouard Manet
Krannert Art Museum's holdings include more than 10,000 pieces ranging from contemporary works to those dating to 4000 BCE. This lithograph by Édouard Manet is part of its permanent collection of European art.
Édouard Manet (1832–1883), Berthe Morisot, 1872. Lithograph. Gift of James Russell Vaky 2002-1-1. Image courtesy of Krannert Art Museum.