Visual art schools and programs in Chicago

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Name Notes  Ratings Public
Art Dept.
Year Program Degree Offered
Chicago State University     Public Department of Art and Design   Undergraduate:
Graphic Design, History of Art,
Studio Art, Crafts, Art Therapy and Secondary Teaching
College of DuPage Arts Center       Art

Graphic Arts Technology
  * occupational-vocational degree and certificate programs designed to fulfill the unique employment requirements of the community;
* continuing education for persons wishing to take one or more credit or non-credit courses on a part-time basis;
* developmental programs that meet the needs of students deficient in fundamental skills.
Columbia College Columbia College Chicago is an undergraduate and graduate college in downtown Chicago whose principal commitment is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity in the arts, media, and communications within a context of enlightened liberal education.   Private Art and Design Four Undergraduate
FineArts, Interior Design, Illustration, Fashion Design, Advertising Design, Product Design, and Graphic Design
M.A.- Interdisciplinary Arts
DePaul University       Department of Communication   Graduate & Undergraduate
Governors State University     Public Art Department   B.A. in Art

M.A. in Art
Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Digital Imaging, Photography, or Art History

Illinois Institute of Art     Public Illinois Institute of Art Two Fashion Production
Associate of Applied Science degree

Graphic Design
Associate of Applied Science degree

Multimedia Associate of Applied Science
Illinois Institute of Art Four BFA
Fashion Design, Interior Design, Multimedia and Web Design, Media Arts and Animation, Visual Communications

Fashion Marketing and Management
Illinois Institute of Technology     Private Institute of Design   Graduate

M.Des. Program
Design, Photo

Ph.D. Program
Design Theory

M.S. Program
Design Theory
International Academy of Merchandising and Design, Chicago     Public International Academy of Merchandising and Design, Chicago Four baccalaureate degrees
Advertising and Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Merchandising Management.
International Academy of Merchandising and Design, Chicago Two associate degree
Advertising and Design, Computer Graphics, Fashion Design, and Merchandising Management.
Loyola University Chicago       Communication

Fine Arts

-Fine Arts B.A.

-no art?

Mundelein College
-graphic design
-studio arts

Northeastern Illinois University     Public Art Department Four BFA
Art History, Studio Arts
North Park University     Private Art Department   Graduate


The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts EXHIBITIONS, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, ARTISTS PROGRAMS   Non-degree     Non-degree
Roosevelt University     Private No visual art   No visual art
Saint Xavier University     Private Art Department Four Undergraduate
Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Art Education
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Recognized as an innovator in the arts since its inception more than 100 years ago, and internationally esteemed as a school of art and design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a comprehensive college education centered in the visual and related arts. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's primary purpose is to foster the conceptual and technical education of the artist in a highly professional and studio-oriented environment. Believing that the artist's success is dependent on both creative vision and technical expertise, the School encourages excellence, critical inquiry, and experimentation.
Private School of the Art Institute of Chicago   Undergraduate Degrees
BFA in Studio
BIA - Interior Architecture
BFA - Professional Certificate in Art Education


painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, visual communication, ceramics, fiber, interior architecture, sculpture, art and technology, performance, filmmaking, video, writing

art education; arts administration; art therapy; modern art history, theory, and criticism;

M.S. in historic preservation; an

professional certificate in art history and criticism.

Postbaccalaureate certificates in studio and writing are also offered.
University of Chicago     Private Department of Art History   A.M. degree can be either a terminal degree of the preliminary degree leading to a Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago     Public School of Art and Design    Art Education, Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Photo, Film, Electronic Media, Studio Arts
Art History   -BFA
-Certification program in museum studies

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