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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Minor

The fine art minor provides students with an opportunity to investigate, interrogate and create art in a socially conscious context. Whether through art history or introduction to art courses that bring the world of art alive, or through studio art classes in areas such as ceramics, drawing and textile arts, students with a minor in fine art come to appreciate the personal, social, political and economic impact that art has on the world. 

What Differentiates Us

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Take innovative courses that stress social justice, such as "Art and Activism."



Participate in activities associated with Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery, recognized as Chicago's "premier space for showcasing contemporary critical social photo-documentary."



Access cutting edge and classic art at world class museums and cultural institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Architecture Foundation, DuSable Museum, Roosevelt's own Gage Gallery and scores of neighborhood and ethnic-cultural/art organizations throughout Chicago. Students may take classes at the world-renowned School of the Art Institute through an exchange program.

Expectations & Requirements


Students have the opportunity to explore and interact with numerous art and architecture venues in Chicago as well as learn art from practicing artists active in Chicago's vibrant art scene. Instructors and courses encourage students to connect with cultural organizations that share the university's social justice mission. As well, students have access to classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and may also earn credit through internships.

Sample Courses

  • Art and Activism
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Arts and Material Arts
  • Renaissance through Modern Art
  • Documentary Video Storytelling
  • Documentary Photo
  • iPhoneography and the Democratic Camera


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Interacting with art and architecture venues available in Chicago helps spark projects that reflect fresh ideas and interest in the world and the creative process. Students leave with a better understanding of art's universal impact on all aspects of our lives--from the personal to the social; the political to the economic.

Elyse Koren Camarra
Adjunct Faculty, Roosevelt University