The Department of Art & Design's programs are designed to help you cultivate a rich and dynamic relationship to art while providing the real-world skills and perspective required to pursue a career in the visual arts.


​In the Department of Art & Design at CMU, you have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, graphic design, and animation. 

Foundational coursework is intended to provide you with a hands-on understanding of the principles of art, as well as a critical perspective of art in practice and as a profession. In conjunction with foundational course requirements, you are able to take classes specific to your interests. Here is where you will acquire a first-hand understanding of materials and emerging technologies related to your field of interest.

As you begin to develop a relationship to materials and tools, you'll be encouraged to work across disciplines and consider your role as a designer and maker in context to the world around you, potentially leading to careers in animation, graphic design, photography, studio art, art education, and art history.

The Art & Design program is NASAD Accredited

PLEASE NOTE: Hillerbrand & Megsamen will do a Performance Art Piece instead of an Artist Talk.  It is interactive - so get your performance kit from Anne Gochenour and gather your props and join us on Wednesday!

Congratulations to Al Wildey, professor in photography for having work accepted in an international exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California. This venerable gallery was founded in 1967 by Ansel Adams, Cole Weston and Wynn Bullock and continues today to serve as a valuable asset the photographic arts.

Congratulations Scott de Brestian!

Dr. Scott de Brestian, Department of Art and Design - Art History Associate Professor, has been awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Spain for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Fellowship will support his work researching the medieval city of Nájera, an important political and ecclesiastical center in the Kingdom of Navarre. As part of the award, he will spend the Spring 2021 semester at the Universidad de Burgos as a visiting scholar.