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 another discipline.
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
*IDEA 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.
IDEA 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. Course Information: Previously listed as ISA 110. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory. Creative Arts course.
IDEA 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. Course Information: Previously listed as ISA 120. Extensive computer use required. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory.
IDEA 210. Topics in IDEAS: Intermedia and Interdisciplinary Artforms. 4 hours.
Topics designed specifically of interdisciplinary subject matter. Topics will be determined by faculty and student interest in interdisciplinary, intermedia, and transdisciplinary forms of cultural production. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Recommended Background: IDEA 110 and IDEA 120.
IDEA 310. Independent Study Course for IDEA Majors. 1-4 hours.
Subject matter is determined by student in collaboration with supervising faculty member. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): IDEA 110 and IDEA 120. Recommended Background: Comfort with interdisciplinary creative practices.
IDEA 410. Interdisciplinary Capstone for IDEA Majors. 4 hours.
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.