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College of Fine and Applied Arts

100 Architecture Building
608 East Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-1660

The College of Fine and Applied Arts prepares men and women for professional work by offering programs in architecture, art and design, dance, landscape architecture, music, theatre, and urban and regional planning. Freshmen and transfer students are admitted to these curricula. In each curriculum certain basic courses, professional courses, and general education requirements must be completed in order to qualify for the specific baccalaureate degree offered.

For development beyond the undergraduate programs in these areas of study, the units of the college offer graduate curricula leading to advanced professional degrees through the Graduate College.

For students enrolled in other colleges and schools of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the College of Fine and Applied Arts offers introductory courses designed to increase aesthetic appreciation and development, and to portray the role of the arts in civilization. Participation in the many bands, choruses, and orchestras on campus, as well as private instruction on most instruments and in voice, is available to students in all colleges by audition.

To serve the total academic community and all citizens in the state of Illinois, the college features the arts in exhibitions, concerts, lectures, performances, demonstrations, and conferences. Many outstanding professionals and works in these fields are brought to the University campus.

In addition to the teaching divisions, the College of Fine and Applied Arts includes the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, and Japan House.

Special Facilities

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion

The museum exhibits art objects from its extensive collections, which date from ancient Egypt to our own time. In addition, it schedules a full program of changing exhibitions. These bring to the campus a wide variety of historic and contemporary works of art.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1969, is a remarkable four-theatre performing arts complex with spaces for instruction, rehearsal, and performance in theatre, opera, dance, and music. The Foellinger Great Hall, seating 2,200, is designed for large-scale musical events. The Festival Theatre, with 1,000 seats, is for opera, dance, and other musical stage productions. The Colwell Playhouse seats 700 and is the home of the Department of Theatre. The Studio Theatre, seating 150, is for experimental productions. An outdoor amphitheater, rehearsal rooms, offices, dressing rooms, technical shops, and underground parking on two levels for 650 cars complete this monumental facility. The major donors of the center were Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert of Indianapolis.

University Music Performance Organizations

The School of Music offers credit for all students enrolled in its many performance organizations. These organizations include ensembles in the nationally recognized Band Division: a Wind Symphony, two Symphonic Bands, three Concert Bands, Basketball Band, Brass Band, Clarinet Choir, and the world-famous Marching Illini. The Choral Division offers singers the opportunity to perform in the Oratorio Society, Black Chorus, Women's Chorus, University Chorus, Men's and Women's Glee Clubs, Concert Choir, and UI Chorale. The University Symphony and Illini Symphony, three jazz bands, gamelans and other ethnomusicology performance ensembles, and ensembles specializing in contemporary music, chamber music, and early music, among others, satisfy student interest both as performers and concertgoers.

A student in any college wishing to enroll in a performance organization should contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Room 3030 Music Building (phone: 217-244-2670) or the appropriate ensemble director to receive further information and arrange for an audition.


Students in the college have at their disposal outstanding library resources. In addition to the University Library, one of this country's great university collections, there are specialized libraries serving the needs of specific fields. The Ricker Library of Architecture and Art contains more than 49,000 books (with almost 50,000 in the same fields in the University Library), 33,000 photographs, and 9,400 clippings.

The City Planning and Landscape Architecture Library houses about 20,000 volumes of current interest, while more than 110,000 related volumes are in the University Library.

The Music Library, located in the Music Building, contains more than 765,000 items. These include introductory, instructive, research, and reference materials including books, editions of music, recordings, manuscripts, microfilm, and other materials.

Departments, Schools, and Curricula

The College of Fine and Applied Arts consists of the Departments of Dance, Landscape Architecture, Theatre, and Urban and Regional Planning; the Schools of Architecture/Building Research Council, Art and Design, and Music; the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Japan HouseThe specific functions of each department or school and the undergraduate curricula are described on the following pages. Consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the college website for reference to academic policies and procedures for students and faculty in the college.

All departments in the College of Fine and Applied Arts reserve the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce the works submitted by students for credit in any course.

Special Programs

Study Abroad

The college provides the opportunity for students to obtain campus credit for foreign study and/or travel for a period of from one semester to one calendar year. Students must submit detailed proposals of plans for such study and/or travel for approval by the appropriate departmental committees and by the associate dean of the college prior to such study abroad. If approved, students register and retain their status as University students and may continue their student health insurance as if they continued to study at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Information is available from the Study Abroad Office, 115 International Studies Building, or from individual units in the college.

Honors Programs

Graduation Honors

At graduation, the College of Fine and Applied Arts grants honors to superior students. To be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of four semesters of work and 65 hours of credit in residence at the Urbana-Champaign campus For the degree with honors, the student must have a grade point average of 3.25 (A = 4.0) or better in all courses used for graduation and be in the upper 25 percent of those receiving a degree from that department or school; for the degree with high honors, a grade point average of 3.5 or better and the upper 15 percent; and for the degree with highest honors, a grade point average of 3.75 or better and the upper 6 percent. Credit earned at other institutions and transferred to the University of Illinois is used in computing the student's average. Credit earned at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must be of at least the level required for the degree with honors.

Dean's List

Each semester students are recognized by the college for academic excellence through the Dean's List. To be placed on the list, students must be in the top 20% of the college, based on at least 14 hours of coursework in that semester. Students with grades that are excused or deferred are not considered for the Dean's List until letter grades have been submitted for those courses.

James Scholar Program

The James Scholars Program in the College of Fine and Applied Arts is designed to identify students who have demonstrated superior academic performance and provide them with opportunities for unique educational experiences and special recognition. Named after one of the University's distinguished presidents, Edmund James Scholars enjoy many benefits including: the opportunity to take designated honors courses, priority registration for classes, James Scholar designation noted on academic transcripts, and participation with faculty in independent study and/or undergraduate research projects on topics of special interest. James Scholars are invited to attend one special lecture or performance each semester with the Dean of the College. For more information on eligibility and self-nomination to this program, see the James Scholar section of the website.



Students who meet the general University requirements with reference to registration, residence, scholarship, fees, and general education requirements, and who maintain the minimum grade-point average required in their degree program, receive degrees appropriate to the curriculum completed. Refer to the specific unit and curricular requirements listed in the following sections. In addition, students must complete the required senior courses in their major field of study in residence at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

General Education

The Campus Senate, the faculty General Education Board, and the colleges have developed campus wide common general education requirements. See the current listing of the general education categories and individual courses that satisfy each requirement on this campus. Students are advised that some general education requirements may be fulfilled by courses already required in the major. All FAA curricula require students to meet the minimum campus general education requirements for graduation. Some programs require additional general education courses. See the individual programs of study for each curriculum.
Approval for any course not contained in the campus general education list must be requested by written petition to the College Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, supported by an advisor and approved by the Associate Dean prior to registration in the course. Only in exceptional circumstances are such petitions granted retroactively.


Electives other than professional or supporting electives specified in any curriculum in the College of Fine and Applied Arts must be chosen from the list that follows. Only foreign language courses taken at or beyond the level established by placement exam will be counted. Approval for any course not contained in the list must be requested by written petition to the college Office of Student Affairs and supported by an adviser prior to registration in the course.

Elective Areas

FAA students may receive elective credit from the University of Illinois campus and other institutions with the following qualifications:

Air Force aerospace studies, military science, and naval science: advanced courses only (maximum of six hours)

Art: courses specified for non-majors do not count for art and design majors (for art and design majors, please refer to curriculum)

Aviation: maximum of six hours

Band, choral ensembles, jazz bands, and orchestras: maximum of three hours (this limitation does not apply to music majors; for music majors, please refer to curriculum)

Dance: maximum of three hours in dance studio courses (for dance majors, please refer to curriculum)


Kinesiology (physical education): maximum of three hours of activity courses

Landscape architecture: (for landscape architecture majors, please refer to curriculum)


Music: courses for non-majors do not count for music majors; for music majors, please refer to curriculum

Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese1

Theatre: for theatre majors, please refer to curriculum for courses that may count toward the degree

Urban planning: for urban planning majors, please refer to curriculum for courses that may count as elective credit

1. Cannot duplicate high school entrance or curricular requirements or prerequisites regardless of course placement by examination.

Foreign Language

Students entering as freshmen in Fall 2000 or later need to complete the foreign language requirement in order to graduate. To satisfy this requirement, students must complete the third semester level of a college foreign language course. This requirement may also be satisfied by three years of the same foreign language in high school. A foreign language placement test must be taken by those students entering the University without three years of the same foreign language in high school. Students who have completed 3 years of high school foreign language cannot receive credit for a first semester level college foreign language course. Students who have completed 4 years of high school foreign language cannot receive credit for the first or second semester levels of a college foreign language course.

FAA International Arts Minor

The college offers a minor in International Art to all University of Illinois students. This minor offers students a rich new means for approaching international and intercultural studies though the fine and applied arts.

The study of art, dance, music, theatre, the built environment, and cultural practice through the fine and applied arts, is inherently international and intercultural. The study of artistic practices and environmental design is a central resource for understanding the social identity of communities around the world, their core cultural and social values, and related global and social processes that shape cultures. For more information see the FAA web site.