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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.

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​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


Today we find ourselves living in a society in which gun violence feels commonplace. Yet an enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned about the rising tide of gun violence.

Artists have been a catalyst for difficult societal conversations throughout history. Guns: Loaded Conversations seeks to engage viewers of differing opinions to listen to each other and to encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

Organized by SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates this exhibition features 33 art quilts by both national and international artists. The exhibition was juried by Dr. Vicky A. Clark, an independent curator and writer.




“Fire Flower,” an animated short stop-motion film directed by Central Michigan University animation faculty member Steve Leeper, recently took home the award for Best Student Stop-motion Film at the 2019 Los Angeles Animation Festival.