In the studio and classroom we are dedicated to the creation and historical study of the visual arts through our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Centered in a learning environment that values the development of a personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection, undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines make daily intellectual and artistic discoveries that lead to the development of aesthetic and conceptual awareness, perceptual and creative problem-solving skills, and informed judgment. With an exceptional student to faculty ratio, the program is a close-knit community of artists and scholars positioned alongside all the resources provided by a Big Ten setting. Department of Art, Art History,and Design students conduct self-directed research and creative exploration under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized faculty members, visiting artists, scholars, and professional mentors.
In the multi-disciplinary environment of Kresge Art Center students have access to ample studio space for Ceramics, Drawing, Foundations, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Screen Printing, Letterpress, Sculpture, Sewing, and Weaving. In addition to disciplinary studios and lecture classrooms for the study of Art History there is a well-equipped woodshop, a professional lighting studio for documentation of artwork, two state-of-the-art digital labs, a visual resource library, the Form From Thought digital fabrication lab, and a fully stocked art store. Rotating exhibitions occur throughout the year in Galleries 101 and 114 and two installation project spaces feature the artwork of students in all disciplines across all levels of the program.
Supplementing the classroom and studio experience, the department offers many innovative learning initiatives that enhance the degree programs. Examples include: a studio art practicum that provides opportunities for students to hold exhibitions and interact with professionals in their fields; a teaching lab-school for Art Education students; numerous and varied internships for Design students: and an active Guest Lecture Series that invites prominent artists and scholars to campus each semester. Students are encouraged to attend activities sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design ranging from the previously mentioned lecture series to Graduate, Undergraduate, and Faculty exhibitions to twenty-four hour drawing marathons and the annual Apparel and Textile Design fashion show. Internships, teaching exposure, and study abroad programs provide extended opportunities for a personalized education that leads to individual, artistic, and professional growth.