The best way to learn about the School of Art + Design is to pay us a visit. To make an appointment email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 217.333.0642.

The School of Art + Design is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

If you wish to combine a visit to our department with a UIUC campus day, please instead register here for an Orange & Blue or Daily Visit event. These events are targeted towards prospective undergraduate students, and include a welcoming event, a campus tour, housing information sessions, and (a) departmental visit(s). When you choose to visit on a Saturday, a visit to our department is not available.

Departmental visits take place at our main building:

The School of Art + Design
408 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Portfolio Days
Admission to the BFA and MFA programs requires a portfolio submission.
Selecting images for your portfolio can be a challenging process. 
Faculty members from our School of Art + Design are ready to assist you.
Please attend one of the following National Portfolio Day events. Bring your portfolio to discuss.

For undergraduate prospective students:

Thursday, September 29
Portfolio Day at Figge Art Museum
225 W. 2nd. Street, Davenport, Iowa

Saturday, October 15
Portfolio Day at Milwaukee Institute of Art + Design
Jane Bradley-Petit Building
273 East Erie Street, Milwaukee, WI

Sunday, October 16 - this is considered our main fall portfolio event
Portfolio Day at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL

Sunday, October 23
Portfolio Day at Washington University
Sam Fox School
1 Brookings Drive (Sam Fox School Campus), St. Louis, MO

Monday, November 7
Portfolio Day at Rockford Art Museum
711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL

For graduate prospective students:

Saturday, November 5
Portfolio Day at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL

Transportation to the School of Art + Design

The University of Illinois enjoys a convenient location a few hours south of Chicago, and a few hours northeast of St. Louis, where the I-57 and I-74 interstates meet.  Find us on the Illinois Campus Map.

When coming by car, street meter parking is available surrounding our building. Otherwise one block south of our building, on Pennsylvania Avenue, there is usually plenty of parking space.

Visitors can choose to fly in through Willard Airport or use an Amtrak train. A regional bus service (Greyhound , Illini ShuttleLex Express, and Suburban Express ) can provide transport to and from a variety of regional destinations, including downtown Chicago, the Chicago suburbs and airports, and the Indianapolis International Airport. The Urbana-Champaign town and campus are served by the MTD bus service.


Inquiry Form: Complete the inquiry form to receive materials and invitations from the College of Fine + Applied Arts at Illinois.