The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the UIS Visual Arts Department to constitute the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during their March 15, 2012 meeting in Urbana.
Currently, the Theatre Program, with a minor, is located in the Communication Department, while Music is not formally associated with any other department. Because Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts are currently separated and disconnected, students consistently report difficulty finding coursework in these areas. Reorganizing and renaming the Visual Arts Department as the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre will make the academic programs for the arts more prominent and more easily recognizable to prospective students and provide a solid foundation for continued growth. In addition, this administrative consolidation will allow the Springfield campus to continue to attract highly qualified faculty to complement current expertise and create a prominent creative arts department.
For more information on the meeting, visit the Board of Trustees website www.uillinois.edu/trustees/agenda/March%2015,%202012/