​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU's art program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, helps each student prepare to start an art-related career, teach elementary or secondary art, or pursue a graduate degree. Learning from faculty members whose artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, students will develop artistic abilities, strengthen analytical skills and improve interpretive capabilities. Areas of study include drawing, painting, photography and printmaking.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

Graduates of the art program at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Art administrator
  • Elementary or secondary school teacher
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Museum curator
  • Painter
  • Printmaker
  • College or university professor

​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)
Graphic designer$44,150 per year7% (17,400 more jobs)

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:Two Dimensional Concentration

Total: 78 semester hours
Core Courses I
(15 hours)
Foundations
ART 105
Drawing I
3
ART 115
2-D Design
3
ART 117
Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Art
3
ART 118
3-D Design
3
ART 122
Color and Composition
3
Core Courses III
(9 hours)
Select three of the following:
ART 130
Painting I
3
ART 140
Photography I: Introduction to Digital Photography
3
ART 150
Printmaking I
3
ART 160
Beginning Sculpture
3
ART 175
Fiber Structures and Weaving
3
ART 214
Introduction to Ceramics
3
Core Courses IV
(3 hours)
Students in the Two- or Three-Dimensional 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 V
(12 hours)
Select four of the following:
Note: You may choose either ART 318 or 319, but may not count both toward the major. You may choose ART 341, 363, or 366, but may count only one of these courses toward the major.
ART 287
Introduction to Non-Western Art
3
ART 318
Aesthetics
3
ART 319
Art Criticism and the Methodology of Art History
3
ART 341
History of Photography
3
ART 363
Design: The Interface of Art and Industry
3
ART 366
Contemporary Design Issues
3
ART 380
Greek Art and Architecture
3
ART 381
Early Christian and Byzantine Art
3
ART 382/WST 382
Gender and Art
3
ART 383
Modern Architecture
3
ART 385
European Art from 1890-1940
3
ART 386
American Art
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 586
Special Topics Seminar in Art History
3-9
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 from the following:
ART 130
Painting I
3
ART 140
Photography I: Introduction to Digital Photography
3
ART 150
Printmaking I
3
ART 205
Drawing II
3
ART 216
Introduction to Figure Drawing
3
ART 230
Painting II
3
ART 240
Photography II: Digital Montage & Studio Lighting
3
ART 250
Printmaking II
3
ART 305
Drawing III
3
ART 316
Intermediate Figure Drawing
3
ART 330
Painting III
3
ART 334
Watercolor Painting
3
ART 336
Illustration
3
ART 340
Photography III: Analog & Alternative Processes
3
ART 350
Printmaking III
3
ART 405
Advanced Drawing
3
ART 416
Advanced Figure Drawing
3
ART 430
Painting IV
3
ART 440
Photography IV: Advanced Photography
3
ART 450
Printmaking IV
3
ART 516
Advanced Problems in Figure Drawing
3
ART 530
Painting V
3
ART 541
Advanced Photography Studio
1-12
ART 551
Advanced Printmaking Studio
1-12
ART 584
Drawing in Florence
3
Electives II
(3 hours)
Select any ART course except ART 114 or 126.