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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

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.


Zero: BFA & BAA in Fine Art, Spring 2020 Capstone Exhibition has a website!  Please visit to see the works of our creative, hardworking and skilled graduating seniors in the fine arts. 

Vladimir Leschiov, Latvian Award winning Animator, Film Director and Juror for Class of 2020 Animation BFA Senior Thesis

Congratulations to the winners Of the Juror's Awards and the Audiene choice awards from Friday's Animation Showcase!

Juror's First Choice Award: "Sourz" by Lindsay Robertson.

A 9-minute Experimental Animation in Four Parts

Juror's Second Choice Award: "Death Drive" by Theodore "T. J." Nosal.

A 3.5-minute Animated Music Video to the song by HMLTD

Juror's Second Choice Award: "Longaberger Baskets" by Jordona Harkow.

A 3-minute Charcoal Animated Short Film

Juror's Third Choice Award:  "Trash" by Veronica Kuznicki.

A 1.5-minute Animated Short Film


Audience First Choice Award: "Death Drive" by Theodore "T. J." Nosal.

A 3.5-minute Animated Music Video to the song by HMLTD

Audience Second Choice Award: "Milly's Magical Library" by Vanesa Skocelas- Johnson.

A Pitch Bible & 1-minute Show Opener for a Children's Animated Series

20/20 Vision: A Look into the World of Voting is the 2020 Graphic Design Capstone Exhibition.  Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic the exhibition could not be installed in the University Art Gallery.  The students did produce an excellent virtual tour and a book of portfolios which can be viewed at