​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, CMU’s graphic design program will help you develop the skills needed in a rapidly advancing field. CMU’s graphic design faculty members have a vast variety of experience and are recognized worldwide for their achievements. You’ll sharpen your skills in fully equipped digital studios with the latest design software. And you’ll take your experience further by joining a stu​dent organization that brings renowned speakers to campus, participates in portfolio reviews and arranges tours of design studios.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

Graduates of the art program at CMU find a variety of career opportunities.

Anything designed for visual appeal is done under the skilled hand of a graphic designer, from soup labels to billboards, text animation and web sites. At CMU, our alumni work in every imaginable occupation, from design of patient hospital forms to on-set design for a major network broadcast series.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Graphic designer$44,150 per year7% (17,400 more jobs)
Art director$80,880 per year3% (2,200 more jobs)
Multimedia artist/animator$61,370 per year5% (4,300 more jobs

For More Information

Visit the graphic design 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: Graphic Design 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
(30 hours)
Select hours from the following:
ART 231
Introduction to Graphic Design
3
ART 235
Logo and Identity Design
3
ART 335
Design Bureau
3
ART 349
Typography
3
ART 358
Web Design I
3
ART 363
History of Design: 1750-2010
3
ART 435
Professional Design Practices
3
ART 438
Motion Graphics
3
ART 449
Advanced Typography
3
ART 458
Web Design II
3
ART 535
Digital Multimedia for Designers
3
Electives II
(3 hours)
Select any ART course except ART 114 or 126.