Welcome to School of Art & Art History UIC at Chicago

Educating the next generation of artists, visionary scholars, creative thinkers, and innovators

Thank you for your interest in School of Art & Art History UIC at Chicago.

The School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago empowers students in the making, experience, study, and interpretation of art, art history, and contemporary culture and prepares them for a professional life of interdisciplinary practice—and a lifetime of using art to benefit humanity.

We are committed to educating the next generation of artists, visionary scholars, creative thinkers, and innovators at one of the world’s most distinctive places to study art and art history. As part of a public urban research university, we foster the creation of knowledge that makes an impact  and transforms the world. Our curriculum, public programs and engagement within communities support your growth as a fearless and ambitious artist and scholar, developing the critical tools you need to succeed in a global society.

Our School is the intellectual and creative home to some of the world’s most renowned artists and scholars. MacArthur geniuses, Guggenheim Fellows, Whitney Biennial artists and curators, and distinguished, internationally acclaimed art historians have all taught here. We cultivate a place where art and art history can be studied intensively, with a one-on-one relationship between student and teacher and as part of a supportive creative community. We believe in the importance of interdisciplinary thinking and work, and blur the boundaries of theory and practice, critical thought and engagement. The work emanating from UIC has changed the way people experience, see, and understand the world.

We don’t have a complicated curriculum or heavy departmental requirements. We help you become the best artist, scholar, critical thinker, and socially engaged global citizen that you can be. Our programs are interdisciplinary and allow you to take courses across the campus from any discipline and department. We offer a BA, MA, and PhD in Art History, a MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies, and a BFA and MFA in Art.  You can also Minor in Art, Art History or Museum and Exhibition Studies if you are a student at UIC.

Our campus, designed by the acclaimed, maverick architect Walter Netsch, reflects a commitment to an urban open campus that allows the research university to become part of the fabric of Chicago, the world’s greatest city for the study of art and art history.   

Our School is anchored by two other remarkable institutions that are resources for our students: Gallery 400, a leading edge contemporary art gallery that presents provocative and challenging exhibitions and lectures, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, a National Historic Site and Museum committed to social justice and experimental museum practices.   

The energy and excitement in our school is palpable. There is no other place like it in the world.