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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 observe Pandemic precautions - masks required, social distancing and a limit of 10 people in the gallery at one time.

Congratulations to faculty and students  for winning Addys! 

Professional category:2020 Animation Showcase
Clark Most, Print Design
Gold Addy Award and Judges Choice Award

Student category:
Lydia Hershauer, Motion Graphics
Gold Addy Award and Best of Show

Samantha Taylor, Web Design
Gold Addy Award

Kendall Murrell, Motion Graphics
Silver Addy Award
With over 60,000 entries annually, the ADDY® Awards are the world's largest and arguably the toughest advertising competition. The American Advertising Federation hosts the ADDY® Awards through its 200 member advertising clubs and 15 districts. CMU students submitted work to the Great Lakes Bay club, which represents the first tier of the AAF competition. Because two of our students received Gold Addy Awards (and a Best of Show for the student category), their work will automatically be submitted to the District level where they will compete against the top entries from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Congrats to Alumni David Birkham for earning the Western Michigan University School of Communication Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award for 2021. He was also selected to present a paper at the Central States Communication Association in March

Congrats to Kate Kinder, lecturer in painting and drawing! She is having a one-person exhibition titled Adidas & Bustello at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida opening March 5, 2021. She says about the work “The subject matter I am including in a body of new paintings act as a mirror of our human environments. Portrayed as fields of wobbly mugs on shelves, vegetation, indoor pools, patterns, and the human body, I am looking at our theoretical and physical, visual relationship to objects. The paintings are acting as platforms of inquiry for philosophies such as Object Oriented Ontology, however, I deeply appreciate them simply as paintings, too.”

2020 Graphic Design Capstone Exhibition

2020 Animation Showcase