​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026​
Graphic designer$48,700 per year4% (11,100 more jobs)
Art director$92,500 per year5% (4,900 more jobs)
Multimedia artist/animator
$70,530 per year8% (6,200 more jobs)

Program Overview

For a full review of programs and required courses, visit CMU's official online academic bulletin and consult with an academic advisor.


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