The Department of Art & Design offers world-class art making facilities for the contemporary artist working in almost any material. We are constantly updating our equipment and endeavor to support traditional modes of art making as well as offering access the latest technologies available to help create contemporary works in the ever-expanding field of Art. ​


Dedicated Animation Lab:

Animation at CMU combines traditional animation tools along-side advanced digital technology.   Our dedicated Animation Computer lab is outfitted with powerful double-monitor workstations which include 27” Imac computers and  Wacom Cintiqs for on-screen digital drawing, sculpting and animation.  Each workstation is fully loaded with industry grade softwares to support a variety of animation workflows including 2D motion graphics, 3D animation and tradigital animation (a combination of traditional drawing and digital production tools).

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Above: Dedicated Animation Computer Lab

Traditional Media Animation Labs:

Our Traditional Media Animation Labs are designed for playful exploration in a variety of analogue media such as clay, paper cut-out and even sand animation.  Each workstation is outfitted with a professional DSLR camera, Imac computer and industry grade software for capturing and processing frame-by-frame animation.


Above: Advanced Traditional Animation Labs


The ceramics studio is comprised of a large hand-building and throwing area, glaze mixing room, clay mixing room, indoor kiln room, and outdoor kiln yard. Equipment includes: clay mixers, a full compliment of electric and manual throwing wheels, clay extruders, slab rollers, spray booths, balances and scales, ball mill, talisman, and multiple top-of-the-line large capacity electric, gas, raku, soda vapor, and wood fire kilns. Students also have access to a range of 3D printers, a vacuum former, and a CNC router for the creation of their work.​​​​​​​​

Above: Handbuilding & Throwing area, North Art Studio


Three state of the art computer labs equipped with up to date software, scanners, and printers, access to large format printing, and small print studio that includes a variety bindery equipment​. Also, supportive to the graphic design program are digital output facilities which include our Makerbot Innovation Center, Laser Cutter, and Robotic CNC Plasma Cutter. Analog processes include a 1961 Vandercook UNI-1 flatbed single-pass self-inking proofing press that can be used for both letterpress typography and wood/lino block printmaking. 

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Above: Vandercook UNI-1 flatbed single-pass self-inking proofing press


Facilities include 4 open-air studios for classroom instruction of life-drawing, still life, basic and intermediate level painting techniques, and include multimedia resources for slide presentations and the integration of digital technologies. Each student is provided a locker for material storage and BFA students are assigned individual workspace for the development of their projects.


Facilities include two photography studios with a full compliment of lighting equipment, a 21-seat computer lab with up-to-date photo editing software, a traditional darkroom, and a dedicated digital print lab with a range of medium and large format printing capabilities.​



Traditional printmaking instruction includes screen printing, relief, mono-type, intaglio (traditional etching/ImagOn), lithography (photo/stone/plate), and alternative processes. Facilities include an open studio work environment, multiple sized and numbered lithography stones, lithography press, large format etching presses, extensive screen printing materials and equipment, and Nu-arc exposure units.​



Sculpture at CMU includes traditional and contemporary facilities for the creation of sculpture in the expanded field. Everything from clay modeling to fabrication are supported. These facilities are primarily located in the North Art Studio, as well as various resources in Wightman Hall. The sculpture facilities include:

Professional Wood Shop: 

SawStop Table Saw, Helix Planer, Jointer, Multiple Drill Presses, 2 Full-Size Band Saws, Scroll Saw, two sliding 12" Compound Miter Saws, large Belt & Disc Sander, and a full compliment of power hand tools, manual tools, and clamps (multiples of each) 

Above: Woodshop & Sculpture Classroom, North Art Studio

Professional Metal Shop: 

4 MIG Welders, 3 TIG Welders, Plasma Cutter, Oxygen-Acetylene Welding/Cutting, Large Sheet Metal Bending Brake, Hydraulic Sheet Metal Shear, Band Saw, Beverly Shear, Finishing Wheel, Sandblasting Cabinet, Bench Grinder, Drill Press, Metal Cut-Off Saw, Horizontal Hydraulic Band Saw, Bar Bender, Buffing and Polishing wheel, Belt and Disc Sander, and a full compliment of power hand tools, manual tools and clamps. 

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Above: Metalshop, North Art Studio

Full Bronze Foundry: 

Fully-Equipped Mold-Making & Wax Working Shop, Ceramic Shell Investment Area, ​Burnout Kiln, Refractory Furnace, Metal Finishing Area (Welding & Chasing) & Metal Patination Area

Above:  Bronze Foundry & classroom, North Art Studio

Digital Fabrication Studios:  Video of Art and Design's Digital Fab Studios (click!)

Lincoln Torchmate 4400 48"x48" Digital Robotic CNC Plasma Cutter, 48"x48" Zenbot CNC Router, the Makerbot Innovation Center which houses 25 MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen 3D Printers​, 5 large-scale Z18 Makerbot Replicators, Hi-Resolution Formlabs Form 2 SLA 3D Printer, 75 watt Laser Cutter Universal Laser ILS 12.75 w/24"x48" cutting bed & several Vacuum Formers 

Above: Makerbot Innovation Center (twenty-five Replicator 5 printers, five Z18 printers)


Above: Lincoln Torchmate 4400 48"x48" Digital Robotic CNC Plasma Cutter. (handles sheet stock metals up to 1/2" thick: mild/stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, & brass)

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Above: Formlabs Form 2 (resin-based SLA high resolution 3D Printer) Artwork: "Loki" by Chris Driver. Modeled in Z-Brush 2019

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Above: 75 watt Laser Cutter Universal Laser ILS 12.75 w/24"x48" cutting bed (handles: paper, cardstock, fabric, natural/manufactured wood up to 1/2" thick, acrylic, and more...)

NAS - CNC Router (1).JPGAbove: Zenbot 4'x4' CNC Wood & Foam Router