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College of Art and Architecture

College of Art and Architecture

In the fastest growing state in the nation, it's crucial that we're responsible stewards in our designs. That's why students and faculty in the College of Art and Architecture take special consideration for our cultural and natural surroundings.

We help design towns for economic growth while preserving the natural landscape. We partner with neighboring tribes to help them safeguard their historical built environment. We design high-performance, energy efficient buildings. And our artists contribute to the culture of inclusivity in our ever-diversifying state.


  • Accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. This program provides professional training needed to become a licensed architect.

  • One of 51 programs nationally accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board


Degree Programs:

Undergraduate degree programs:

  • Architecture (B.S.)

  • Art (B.A.)

  • Art Education (B.S.)

  • Interior Design (B.I.D)

  • Landscape Architecture (B.S)

  • Studio Art & Design (B.F.A)

  • Food Science (B.S.)

  • Virtual Technology & Design (B.S.)

Graduate and Ph. D.

  • Architecture (M.Arch.)

  • Landscape Architecture (M.L.Arch)

  • Art (M.F.A)

  • Bioregional Planning and Community Design (M.S.)

  • Integrated Architecture and Design (M.S.)

Student Organizations and Clubs

American Institute of Architecture Students

The mission of the AIAS is: to promote excellence in architecture education, training, and practice. To foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines. To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration. To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art & science of architecture.

Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

Offers opportunities to learn more about the landscape architecture profession through on-campus meetings and activities, guest speaking events and field trips to industry firms. SCASLA combines the interests and desires towards fulfilling educational and social needs as well as broadening the understanding of the profession.

American Institute of Graphic Artists

Learn more about the graphic design profession with guest speakers and other resume-building activities

Student Congress of Art & Architecture


American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design. Through education, knowledge, sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the society strives to advance the interior design profession and in the process to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives.

Vandals Printmakers' Guild and Print Club

Organized to promote printmaking courses and activities on campus, notably the annual Student Print and Ceramics Sale at the Prichard Gallery. VPG also supports printmaking students' activities (materials, portfolio fees, etc.), outreach work, and conference attendance. Mike Sonnichsen, VPG faculty adviser, teaches printmaking at U of I and is a champion of all forms of inky printmaking processes.

National Association of Educators of Art

Network with professionals that are in the education field, provide community service, and attend the state and national conferences.

Virtual Design Society


Visual Arts Community