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Accelerator program - Art History (BA), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #231 (QS) , IL,
Accelerator program - Art History (BA) from University of Illinois at Chicago is the critical inquiry into how people have reimagined their worlds through art, architecture, photography, film, performance, and design. More than anything else, it is a history of creativity. 


In an increasingly global, competitive, and image-saturated world, it is vital that students be able to think critically and creatively about how visual forms communicate across cultures.

The Accelerator program - Art History (BA) from University of Illinois at Chicago introduces students to the work of artists, architects, designers, and thinkers who have changed the course of history. Classes cover all historical periods and most of the world’s cultures. 

Students are trained in the fundamentals of historical analysis, visual literacy, and theoretical understanding. In addition to going on to successful careers as academics and museum professionals, graduates work in teaching, publishing, arts administration, art conservation, public culture, historic preservation, journalism, advertising, business, law, and medicine.

The department’s world-renowned faculty are specialists in:

  • Pre-Columbian and Native American Art
  • The Art, Architecture, Archaeology, and Material Culture of the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean
  • South Asian Architecture and Art
  • Renaissance and Baroque Architecture, Architectural Theory, and Military Architecture
  • European Art since 1700
  • Modern and Contemporary Architecture, Design, and Theory
  • Modern Art, the Avant-Garde, and Art since 1945
  • Modern and Contemporary Performance Art

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Art and Art History
  • The Naked and the Nude: Studies in Visual Literacy
  • World History of Art and the Built Environment 
  • History of Chicago Architecture
  • Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Asia
  • Photography in History

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Your secondary school transcript and a certified English translation if your original transcript is not in English
  • If you have graduated already, include your secondary school diploma and a certified English translation if your original diploma is not in English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24804 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24805 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 2 Semesters: $24,805–$32,000 (USD)
  • 3 Semesters: $40,000 (USD)

Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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