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Minor in Fine Art

The minor in fine art teaches students to be creative and critical thinkers as well as innovators and problem solvers, which may lead to successful careers in fields as diverse as education, art therapy, nonprofit management, marketing, media, technology and business. In addition, the study of art encourages students to address and contemplate life's big questions: Who am I? What is my work ethic? Where do I fit in the world? What do I have to say?

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
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

A Unique Curriculum

A Unique Curriculum

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

Get Involved With Gage

Get Involved With Gage

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

Experience Chicago

Experience Chicago's Thriving Arts Institutions

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

Standards

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

Outcomes

Career Options

The Fine Art minor can help prepare students for a career as an artist, arts administrator, art therapist, photographer, graphic designer, curator, web/digital designer, fashion marketer/merchandise, gallery assistant, urban planner, educator, nonprofit administrator, small business owner, or start-up innovator.

Grad Schools Attended By Our Alumni
School of the Art Institute, Adler University, Columbia College Chicago, Oxford University, Harvard University, Loyola University Chicago, Grand Valley State

Testimonials

"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