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College of Fine Arts Pride

College Points of Pride

Center for Performing Arts The College of Fine Arts' facilities include a state-of-the-art proscenium theatre and concert hall in the Center for the Performing Arts, fully-equipped professional outdoor Shakespearean theatre on the grounds of Ewing Cultural Center, and a new University Galleries location in Uptown Normal. The college is planning a $54 million building project that will provide exciting new and revitalized training spaces in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and arts technology.


student Fine arts students are not only prepared to be the best in their artistic discipline, but also have extensive opportunities to learn how to apply that knowledge in a career setting, through entrepreneurship classes, specialized business-of-the-arts programs such as arts management, music business, and Design Streak, plus a national network of alumni connections in their field.
music student The College of Fine Arts produces more than 400 performances and exhibits each year in art, music, theatre, dance, and arts technology, providing students with a wide range of opportunities to apply their art.
Friends of the Arts Friends of the Arts, a local community group, raises more than $40,000 each year for scholarships and grants for College of Fine Arts students. Students can apply for funding to pursue a particular artistic project.

Schools and Program Pride

theatre class The School of Art's extensive visiting artists program exposes students to a wide range of contemporary artists in all disciplines.
Normal Editions Workshop Normal Editions Workshop (NEW) in the School of Art is one of only a few facilities of its kind housed in an academic unit, producing limited edition lithographic prints for artists from around the world, and providing great opportunities for student interaction.
choir The School of Music has more than 20 ensembles, including bands, orchestras, choirs, opera/musical theatre, and specialty ensembles. All are open to any students, regardless of major. (Some require auditions.)
music student Students with School of Music majors and minors receive individualized instruction taught by professors (not teaching assistants) on all wind, brass, and percussion instruments, as well as piano, voice, and strings (including classical guitar).
music therapist

The School of Music has one of the top master's in music therapy programs in the country and the only approved one in Illinois.

actor The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is a nationally acclaimed Equity summer theatre operated by the School of Theatre and Dance, with opportunities for students to work with professionals.
Sean Hayes The college's notable alumni include film, television, and theatre professionals such as Jane Lynch, Sean Hayes, John Malkovich, Craig Robinson, Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry, and Laurie Metcalf. Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre was created by theatre students while they were attending Illinois State.
sound waves The arts technology program combines serious artistry with modern technology to train true digital artists who are prepared to adapt to today's needs.
alumni Alumni from the arts technology program work for well-known companies such as Major League Baseball, Walt Disney Company, State Farm Insurance, Digital Kitchen, and Imagine Artists.


School of Art

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design

  • Art, B.A., B.S.  - National Association of Schools of Art and Design

  • Art, B.A., B.S., Art Teacher Education sequence  - National Association of Schools of Art and Design; Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

  • Art, B.F.A.  - National Association of Schools of Art and Design

  • Art, M.A., M.S. - National Association of Schools of Art and Design

  • Art, M.F.A.  - National Association of Schools of Art and Design

School of Music

School of Theatre and Dance

Arts Technology

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