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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 and social distancing in the gallery.

Congrats to Tatsuki Hakoyama (BS in Art 2011) for winning first place Juror's award in Art Walk Central 2021 for his oil on canvas painting "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Congratulations Students & Alumni!

Rissa Martin had 2 of her printmaking works accepted into the Muskegon Museum of Art's 92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition. This competitive show presents a look at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today's Michigan artists. Juror: Karen Hampton is an internationally recognized conceptual artist whose work addresses issues of colorism and kinship within the African American community.
Taro Takizawa (BFA 2D Studio 2018 - alum) – has been selected as an award finalist for the 2022 Southern Graphics International Emerging Printmaker Award. SGCI is the prominent professional organization for Printmakers (

Rissa Martin is a 2021 RASA Scholarship AWARD WINNER!!