​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s art program prepares you for a career in art or to pursue a graduate degree. The studio arts major is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and allows you to learn from nationally renowned instructors. CMU faculty members have exhibited their work around the world and help students like you develop artistic, analytical and interpretive abilities. Media areas include ceramics, drawing, fiber design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.​


Points​ of Pride

  • Fully equipped studios are available for work in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and photography.
  • The Steven L. Barstow Artist-in-Residence program features nationally acclaimed artists who teach, exhibit and conduct workshops on campus.
  • You can gain professional development through involvement in student organizations such as the Ceramics Society, Printmaking Club and Photography Club.​

Put Your Degree to Work

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Photographer$28,490 per year4% (5,900 more jobs)​
Craft and fine artist$44,380 per year3% (1,300 more jobs)
Museum curator$44,410 per year11% (3,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Department of Art and Design's website or contact:

Department of Art and Design
Wightman Hall 132
Email: russe1j@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3025
Fax: 989-774-2278

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Art Major: Studio Concentration

Total: 78 semester hours
Core Courses I
(12 hours)
Foundations
ART 096
Art Event Attendance
0
ART 106
Introduction to Drawing
3
ART 117
Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Art
3
ART 119
Design Foundations
3
ART 125
Digital Design
3
Core Courses III
(12 hours)
Select from the following:
ART 175
Fiber Structures and Weaving
3
ART 214
Introduction to Ceramics
3
ART 217
Introduction to Figure Drawing
3
ART 233
Introduction to Painting
3
ART 241
Introduction to Photography
3
ART 251
Introduction to Printmaking
3
ART 261
Introduction to Sculpture
3
Core Courses IV
(12 hours)
Select from the following:
You may choose to take ART 341, 363, and 366, but may count only one of these courses toward the Core IV requirement.
ART 287
Introduction to Non-Western Art
3
ART 312
Special Studies in Art History
3-9
ART 317
Digital Art History and Archaeology
3
ART 319
The Methods of Art History
3
ART 341
History of Photography
3
ART 363
History of Design: 1750-2010
3
ART 366
Contemporary Design Issues
3
ART 380
Greek Art and Architecture
3
ART 381
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
3
ART 382/WGS 382
Gender and Art
3
ART 383
Modern Architecture
3
ART 385
European Art from 1890-1940
3
ART 386
American Art
3
ART 387
Baroque Art
3
ART 388
Eighteenth-Century Art
3
ART 389
Art of the Ancient Near East and Egypt
3
ART 480
Roman Art and Architecture
3
ART 481
Western Medieval Art
3
ART 482
Italian Renaissance Art
3
ART 483
Nineteenth Century European Art
3
ART 485
Art After 1945
3
ART 486
Independent Study in Art History
1-6
ART 488
Northern Renaissance Art
3
ART 489
Islamic Art
3
ART 495
Art History Study Abroad
1-9
ART 580
Seminar in Ancient/Medieval Art History
3-6
ART 581
Seminar in Early Modern Art History
3-6
ART 582
Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art History
3-6
ART 586
Special Topics Seminar in Art History
3-9
ART 589
Research Seminar in Art History
3
Core Courses V
(3 hours)
Students in the Studio Concentration are required to take ART 471; Graphic Design Concentration students are required to take ART 472:
ART 471
BFA Exhibition
3
ART 472
Graphic Design Capstone Experience
3
Core Courses II
(6 hours)
ART 283
Introduction to Western Art, Part I
3
ART 285
Introduction to Western Art, Part II
3
Electives I
(27 hours)
Select from the following:
ART 258
Everyday Web Design
3
ART 314
Ceramics Studio: Wheel-throwing
3
ART 334
Watercolor Painting
3
ART 342
Alternative Photographic Processes
3-6
ART 406
Drawing Studio
3-9
ART 414
Ceramics Studio
3-9
ART 417
Figure Drawing Studio
3-9
ART 433
Painting Studio
3-9
ART 441
Photography Lighting Studio
3-6
ART 451
Printmaking Studio
3-9
ART 463
Sculpture Studio
3-9
ART 475
Papermaking/Book Arts II
3
ART 584
Drawing in Florence
3
Electives II
(3 hours)
Select from the following:
ART 506
Advanced Drawing Studio
1-12
ART 514
Advanced Ceramics
1-12
ART 517
Advanced Figure Drawing Studio
1-12
ART 533
Advanced Painting Studio
1-12
ART 541
Advanced Photography Studio
1-12
ART 551
Advanced Printmaking Studio
1-12
ART 561
Advanced Sculpture Studio
1-12
ART 575
Surface Design on Fabric II
3
Electives III
(3 hours)
Select any ART course except ART 114 or 126.

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