The Arts are more than just the learning of skills, they are what makes us human.

Great music can crash into a soul bringing a tear to the eye or a rush of adrenaline; the hands of a great artist can captivate with wondrous creations; a great speaker can persuade and empower action; a dance can inspire and enchant; a great play can entertain and evoke emotion.

Come make great art with us at Illinois Central College. Our Art Department will give you the training you need to unleash your creativity and reach your fullest potential. We get you where you want to be, whether you are seeking a degree, planning to transfer to a university, or taking classes for personal or professional development. We offer degrees, certificates and courses in Art, Architecture, Communication, Dance, Graphic Communications, Multimedia, Music, and Theatre.


Our Arts and Communication Department offers an Associate in Arts (Transfer Program), which teaches the foundations of 2D design, 3D design, drawing, and painting. We also offer an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Construction Technology, as well as a Certificate in Architectural Drafting.  Students will be able to build a comprehensive portfolio of their work before transferring to a four-year institution.

ICC Art student sketching a woman's face.


Our Architecture Program offers an Associate in Arts (Transfer Program), which satisfies the requirements for the first two years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture. We also offer a Certificate in Architectural Drafting. Students will learn architectural construction, basic design, fundamentals of architectural drawing, and architecture history.

ICC Architecture student's model of a circular building with a green roof.


Our Communication Program offers two Associate in Arts (Transfer Programs), General Communication and Public Relations.

Two Speech students performing at Reader's Theatre.


Graphic Communications

Our Graphic Communications Program offers an Associate in Applied Science and multiple certificates. Students will learn a variety of fields that make up graphic communication, including: printing, publishing, packaging and electronic imaging.

Several examples of ICC student created logos.

Graphic Design and Multimedia

Our Graphic Design/Multimedia Program offers an Associate in Arts (Career Program), Associate in Arts (Transfer Program), and a Certificate Program. Students will learn digital photography, multimedia production, graphic design, digital video production, and audio production.

ICC Multimedia student working in Photoshop during class.

Mass Communications

Students will learn practical and theoretical aspects of mass communication to prepare for careers in mass media, film production, advertising, corporate media, online media, or other related areas.



Our Music Program offers an Associate in Arts (Transfer Program). Students will learn theory, musicianship, and class piano.

ICC Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Anthony Jones, practice in the Performing Arts Center.


Our Theatre Program offers an Associate in Arts (Transfer Program). Students will learn technical theatre, theatre design, stage make-up, practicum, acting, directing, and costuming.

Our Dance Program offers an Associate in Arts (Transfer Program). Students will learn classical ballet, jazz dance, modern dance, musical theatre dance, music fundamentals, stage make-up and acting.

Three ICC Theatre students performing a scene on stage.
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