Students can complete a major in IDEAS in two years, making it an excellent
choice for transfer students or students who have done academic work in
Four Core Courses (24 Credits)
Senior Capstone Sequence (8 Credits)
Major Selectives (12-15 Credits)
Major Electives (21-24 Credits)
We are undergoing a name change from Integrated Design and Arts to Interdisciplinary Education and the Arts. Please click the link below to view the IDEAS course page.
To earn a Bachelor's 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.
Summary of Requirements
General Education and Foundation courses 26-28
General Electives 32-34
Major Core courses 24
Major Selectives 12-15
Major Electives 21-24
CC 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar* 1
ISA 100 Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts*
Total Hours 120
*ISA 110 is used to fulfill the General Education requirement in the Inderstanding the Creative Arts category.
Major Core Course Descriptions
ISA 100. Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts. 1 hour.
Focuses on methods of making connections in which students will have the opportunity to engage in relevant interdisciplinary inquiry and practice. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Open only to freshmen.
ISA 110. Creativity and Innovation in Design and Arts. 4 hours.
Provides knowledge of the issues and factors that motivate, influence, and materialize creativity and innovation in design and arts disciplines. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory. Creative Arts course.
ISA 120. Digital Practices in Design and Arts. 4 hours.
Introduction to key ideas and fundamentals of computing in contemporary digital practices in design and the arts disciplines. Class will expose students to exciting practitioners in the field. Extensive computer use required. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory.
ISA 200. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts. 3 hours.
Introductory topics course that explores the interdisciplinary thematic ties between the arts and humanities. Topics will vary between the visual and performing arts. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161.
ISA 299. College of Architecture and the Arts Study Abroad. 0-18 hours.
Provides credit for foreign study. Student's proposal for study abroad must have prior approval of the major department or school and the College of A & A office. Final determination of credit is made on student's portfolio and completion of work. Course Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 36 hours per academic year or for a total of 48 hours, all of which must be earned within one calendar year. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the department, the College of Architecture and the Arts, and the Study Abroad Office.
ISA 300. Interdisciplinary Topics. 3 hours.
Studies in interdisciplinary arts which will explore significant and relevant topics in the visual and performing arts. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161 and junior standing or above.
ISA 399. Research Experience in the Arts. 1-3 hours.
Research experience under the guidance of a faculty member who will act as research supervisor. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Application of credit toward the degree is contingent upon the approval of the student's college and/or department. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department or college and consent of the instructor supervising the research experience.
ISA 400. Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts. 3 or 4 hours.
Exploration of advanced topics in interdisciplinary arts which include architecture, art and design, art history, music and theatre. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 1 time(s).
ISA 490. International Student Exchange Program. 0-18 hours.
The Student Exchange Program enables the reciprocal exchange of students between UIC and colleges or universities in other countries. There are a variety of program tailored to meet the needs of both graduate and undergraduate students. Course Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 48 hours of credit. May be repeated for a maximum of 36 hours per academic year or for a total of 48 hours, all of which must be earned within one calendar year. Determination of the number of credits to be granted is part of the proposal approval process. Students from other UIC Colleges and Schools are eligible for the program. For more information, visit the website at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oia/resources-student/studentexchange.html. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and approval of the student's major department, the AA College office, and the Office of International Affairs.