Crafts

What Is It?:

Crafts focuses on the development of individual artistic and design capabilities, critical perceptions, and the mastery of comprehensive technical skills in the context of the BFA. The program emphasizes strengths in conceptual and material specialization. The curriculum supports professional training for the self-sustaining visual artist and provides the skills necessary for students to pursue an advanced degree in the arts.

For more information, please visit the School of Art and Design

Concentrations:

  • Ceramics: emphasizes specialized training for the development of the self-sustaining craftsman, the teacher of ceramics, and the designer-craftsman in industry.  The curriculum combines ceramics courses with Art + Design foundation courses, courses in related crafts, art history courses, electives, and general education units required by the university.
     
  • Metals: emphasizes specialized training for the development of the self-sustaining craftsman, the teacher of metals, and the designer-craftsman in industry. The curriculum combines metals courses with Art + Design foundation courses, courses in related crafts, art history courses, electives, and general education units required by the university.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ARTH 111—Ancient to Medieval Art
  • ARTH 112—Renaissance to Modern Art
  • ARTH 113—Introduction to African Art
  • ARTH 114—Introduction to East Asian Art
  • ARTH 115—Art in a Global Context
  • ARTS 210—Ceramics Sculpture I
  • ARTS 280—Sculpture I

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Art restoration
  • Artist
  • Designer
  • Sales
  • Sculpting
  • Studio manager

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Auto Industry Technician
  • Bench Jeweler
  • Ceramic Industry Residencies
  • Conservator
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Installation Artist
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Model Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Museum Preparator
  • Restorer
  • Sculptor
  • Studio Manager
  • Teacher
  • Toy Designer

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Kilnfolk Art Collective:  allows members to better their understanding of the sculptural medium that is clay. Leaders give technical demonstrations, work through problem solving, and provide constructive critical feedback. This club hopes to reach out to art students and non art majors, as well as provide an outlet for more advanced students to experiment with techniques that aren't taught in ceramic classes at UIUC.
    • Krannert Center Student Association: promotes and celebrates the arts by providing volunteer opportunities and activities that unite those who appreciate the arts throughout the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Illinois, and larger communities.
    • Metals Guild at University of Illinois: advances metal and jewelry arts by encouraging an environment of artistic exchange, networking, and education as well as support and camaraderie for its members.

Related Skills:

  • Ability to perceive works of art critically
  • Aesthetic development
  • Artistic competency
  • Conceptual comprehension
  • Develop a personal visual language
  • Mastery of the technical skills of ceramics
  • Research proficiency
  • Technical experimentation

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Crafts, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations related to Crafts.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Crafts.  These organizations include National Association of Independent ArtistsNational Association of Women Artists, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Crafts, visit Undergraduate Programs.