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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



Come see the art of graduating BFA candidate Bailey Patterson and BAA candidates Jennifer Hesselink and Romello Ross at the University Art Gallery November 22 - December 14, 2019.

Reception for the artists is Saturday, November 23, 2-4 pm.  Bailey Patterson will give her artist talk at the gallery at 1:30 before the reception.  Free and Open to the public.