Spring 2022 Course Descriptions


ONCAM: On-campus/In-person course
HYBRID: Will be a combination of in-person and online content that will be determined by the instructor
SYNC: All online and meets during prescribed times/days
ASYNC: All online, but content and meeting times are not set.

This is subject to the regulations of the University and individual structure based on each instructor's syllabi and discretions.


Iris Bernblum, M/W, 8:00–10:40am, ONCAM - AEH 3227, CRNs: 35214 + 35213
Instructor TBD, T/TH, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3204, CRNs: 36324 + 36325

The purpose of this class is to prepare you to be an interesting, knowledgeable and productive artist citizen (culture maker) in the 21 century. This class will unleash your radical imagination and set you on a path forward as an artist. We will become a community of learners in which each of you will develop the knowledge, perspectives and skills that will support your unique artistic/culture making practices. You will work on evolving a personal writing style that will be useful as you develop yourself as an artist/citizen/intellectual—supporting your thinking/research/making as well as your ability to explain and promote your work. 

You will learn to talk about your art, write critically about art, and be able to professionally share your work as an artist. Each student is responsible for contributing to a stimulating and supportive learning atmosphere in every class. This is the class I wish I had as an undergrad Art Major. This will be your crash course in what it means to be an artist in the world today and will give you exposure to many approaches to contemporary art making through a series of quick turn around assignments throughout the semester. You are encouraged to create assignments that draw on your surroundings and re-think materials you have access to in your everyday life. No prior experience required. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts (IDEAS)

Jared Kelley-Hudgins, T/R, 9:30–10:45am, SYNC, CRNs: 41676 + 41677

Digital media - like Instagram photos, TikTok stories, Google searches, Buzzfeed and Boing Boing articles, Reddit threads, and WhatsApp messages - combines to form the vast majority of the content most of us create and consume every day. Existing digital media and the digitized versions of the old media before it are available to more people than ever before, while even more digital content is created each day than in the whole of human history up to the creation of the internet. Protests, social justice movements, and political campaigns are won or lost through online organization and the dissemination of viral digital media. And this list of influences digital media holds in our lives still continues to grow and grow. In the vast interconnected global village of the internet, who are we in relationship to and how do we thoughtfully read digital media? And, even more, what skills are most useful to strengthen our careers and communities, and lead our own creative endeavors and social movements in this media landscape? These are some of the primary questions we will be exploring in this digital practices course.

Extensive Computer Use Required


Tiffany Funk, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM, CRN: 44424

This course is a substitute for DES 322 (Design Research). It will be offered as Art-Based Research Methods using the Independent Study course number (IDEA 310) while the course moves through the approval process. The course offers an overview of arts-based research as an interdisciplinary, humanistic, and qualitative research methodology. Emphasis on applied, practice-led research in realization and refinement of interdisciplinary art projects.

Extensive computer use required. Field work required.


Hannah Higgins, T/R, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 5202, CRN: 444245

This course is a sustained practicum in the production, discussion and theorization of work produced by seniors (in the last two semesters) of IDEA coursework. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Field work required.

Art Education

William Estrada, T/TH, 11:00am–1:40pm, SYNC, CRNs: 41866 + 41867​

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be knowledgeable, critical, and reflective practitioners of art education. This course contextualizes methods of teaching art within histories of art and education, and provides an introduction to key concepts and conceptual frameworks, including curriculum and critical pedagogy; context and community; teaching diverse learners; trauma informed teaching; and formative assessment. Students will design and teach a curriculum that emphasizes big ideas, critical thinking, contemporary art, cultural diversity, adolescent development, and community issues.

Course Information: Field work required. Prerequisite(s): ART 201. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory-Discussion. Laptop required.


Karyn Sandlos, T, 5:30pm–8:00pm, SYNC - AEH 5202, CRNs: 42822 + 42821/ 42824 + 42823

The Educational Practicum course continues learning experiences begun during Fieldwork placements in the fall semester. In this course, student teachers (teacher candidates) gain substantive experience teaching contemporary art and visual culture in secondary school settings in Chicago-area schools. Student teachers will work with a mentor teacher to complete a 15-week high school placement. Students will also attend a weekly seminar at UIC. Course Information: Graduate credit only with approval of the School of Art and Art History. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in ART 210 and Grade of B or better in ART 310 and Grade of B or better in ART 410; and senior standing or above; and approval of the department and approval of the Council for Teacher Education. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Practice.

Art: Graduate Level

Deborah Stratman, M/W, 12:00–2:40pm, ONCAM - AEH 3226, CRNs: 35269 + 35268

There is power and an ethics to listening. How does sound inform us? Fool us? Control us?  Empower us?  In this class, we’ll examine sound’s enormous potential to affect human response and behavior.  We’ll consider audio via propagation, transmission and as maker-of-space.  Fundamentally, the class is an invitation to challenge habits of paying attention.

Class will combline listening and screening sessions, technical workshops, site visits and critiques.  It is intended for students who want to develop independent projects where sound is a key element. Students will learn audio production and post production techniques applicable to film, video, radio, sculpture and installation, and get a contemporary / historical overview of how artists engage with audio.  You will learn about microphones, recording techniques and ProTools editing software, but it is strongly recommended that you arrive with solid technical grounding in the medium of your choice.

  • Requirements:  ART 170 or permission of instructor  <dstrat1@uic.edu
  • Laptop Required. 
  • Graduate enrollment use ART 480
  • Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.


Silvia Malagrino, T/R, 3:30–6:15pm, SYNC - AEH 3226, CRNs: 38221 + 38220​

This class focuses on the practice of non-fiction film and photography. A topic of the course is the relationship between image and reality - how social, political and personal, real life situations and events can be represented.  Cameras, smart phones, computers and other mechanisms of recording will be addressed and used.  

Specific topics varying each semester will address current practices and theories in documentary media. The mechanical reproduction applied to recording, documenting, and interpreting real life situations and events. Extensive computer use required. There will be no field trips.

Prerequisite(s): ART 270 and ART 370; or ART 272 and ART 372; or ART 260 and ART 261; and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.

Art History

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Museum & Exhibition Studies

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