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.
Julia C. Lathrop Homes
Class projects in urban planning often couple current issues in the field and departmental objectives. When redevelopment of the Julia C. Lathrop Homes was proposed, students were asked to take into consideration the needs of the current residents while balancing the economic and social benefits of suggested changes to diversify the community and generate income. This assignment was part of the department's Chicago Initiative, which encourages collaborative work in a major urban environment, links students to alumni and other professionals in the area, and opens possibilities for future internships and jobs. Detail from a plan by Heidy Valenzuela.
No matter what the scenic designer envisions, students and professional staff for a production assist in making it manifest. Trees might be painted or suggested with fabricated branches, but sometimes a wood telephone pole is a vital choice for establishing scale and realism. Photo by Darrell Hoemann.