BA in Integrated Design and Arts

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Design and Arts degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General Education and Foundation courses26-28
General Electives32-34
Major Core courses24
Major Selectives12-15
Major Electives21-24
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar a1
ISA 100Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts a1
Total Hours120
a

 Required of new freshman only. New First Year students are required to complete DLG 120 for 1 hour and ISA 100 for 1 hour. These students will complete 28 hours of General Education and Foundation courses. All other students complete 26 hours of General Education and Foundation courses.

General Education and Foundation Courses a
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Understanding the Individual and Society course3
Analyzing the Natural World course3-5
Understanding U.S. Society3
Understanding the Past course3
Exploring World Cultures course3
Additional General Education courses3-5
Total Hours26-28
a

ISA 110 is used to fulfill the General Education requirement in the Understanding the Creative Arts category.

General Electives
New First Year students who are required to complete CC 120 and ISA 100 will complete 32 hours of general electives. All other students will complete 34 hours of general electives.32-34
Total Hours32-34
Major Core Courses
ISA 110Creativity and Innovation in Design and Arts a4
ISA 120Digital Practices in Design and Arts4
DES 222Human Experience in Design4
DES 322Design Research Methods4
Select one of the following senior capstone sequences:8
Topics in Art
and Senior Projects: Critique
Informational Aesthetics I
and Informational Aesthetics II (same as DES 452 & DES 453)
Professional Practice Project I
and Professional Practice Project II
Interdisciplinary Product Development I
and Interdisciplinary Product Development II
Design Thinking and Leadership I
and Design Thinking and Leadership II
Total Hours24
a

ISA 110 fulfills the General Education requirement in the Understanding the Creative Arts category.

Major Selectives
Select four of the following:12-15
Any 100-level Art History course, except AH 100
History of Design I: 1760-1925
Architecture and Society
Signifying Practices: Art and Visual Culture
Introduction to Socially Engaged Art
Introduction to Music I
Fundamentals of Music Theory
Introduction to Theatre History I: Premodern Drama
Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design
Modern Drama
Total Hours12-15
Major Electives
Select 21-24 hours from the following:21-24
Architecture
Architectural Studio 1
Architectural Studio 2
Architectural Analysis
Modern Architecture
Art and Art History
Any 200-level Art History course
Any 300-level Art History course
History of Design II: 1925 to the Present
No more than two art courses from the following:
Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Painting + Color
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to New Media Arts
Introduction to Digital Photography
Introduction to Moving Image
Design
No more than two design courses from the following:
2D Form Studio
3D Form Studio
Design Drawing
Digital Media Design I
Design Photography
Color Theory
Music
No more than two music courses from the following:
Art Song
Jazz History
Opera
Music for Symphony Orchestra
American Popular Music since 1850
Music for the Piano
Latin American Music
Music, Gender and Culture
Theatre
Technical Theatre
Fundamentals in Costume Construction
Total Hours21-24

UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar (new freshman only)

Course
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar1
Total Hours1

Freshman Seminar (new freshman only)

Course
ISA 100Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts1
Total Hours1

Sample Course Schedule 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Analyzing the Natural World course 4
General Elective 6
ISA 100 Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts 1
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Exploring World Cultures 3
Understanding the Past 3
General Electives 6
 Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
Understanding U.S. Society course 3
General Education course 4
General Electives 8
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Understanding the Individual and Society course 3
General Electives 12
 Hours15
Junior Year
Fall Semester
ISA 110 Creativity and Innovation in Design and Arts 4
DES 222 Human Experience in Design 4
Major Selective 3-4
Major Electives 4-5
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ISA 120 Digital Practices in Design and Arts 4
DES 322 Design Research Methods 4
Major Selective 3-4
Major Electives 4-5
 Hours15
Senior Year
Fall Semester
First capstone sequence course selected from the following: 4
Topics in Art  
Informational Aesthetics I (same as DES 452)  
Professional Practice Project I  
Interdisciplinary Product Development I  
Design Thinking and Leadership I  
Major Selective 3-4
Major Electives 8-9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Second capstone sequence course selected from the following: 4
Senior Projects: Critique  
Informational Aesthetics II (same as DES 453)  
Professional Practice Project II  
Interdisciplinary Product Development II  
Design Thinking and Leadership II  
Major Selective 3-4
Major Electives 8-9
 Hours15
 Total Hours120