The Department of Art and Design at Central Michigan University is a community of artists, scholars, and students. Our mission is to offer student-centered programs that develop the ability to think, make, and engage with the world.


In support of this mission we challenge ourselves to:

Provide an inclusive environment that supports cultural diversity and global awareness.​

Place art and design within a theoretical and historical framework that contextualizes our creative and scholarly endeavors.

Engage with art and design intentionally through conceptual development and critical thinking, speaking, writing, and making.

Provide the facilities and infrastructure that foster the skills necessary for professional practice and encourage exploration in the use of materials and methods.

Engage with the work of contemporary artists and designers through our Barstow Visiting Artist and University Art Gallery programs, and connect with the community through arts based civic engagement and public exhibitions.