School of Art & Design

114 Ford Hall

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Phone: 734.487.1268

Fax: 734.487.2324

About the Art School

The School of Art & Design is proud to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). This recognition of achievement by our students, faculty, and staff alike highlights the high standards that we expect from all aspects of the Art School. 

The School of Art & Design at Eastern Michigan University provides students and faculty in art history, studio art and visual art education with an environment that fosters excellence in teaching, creative work and research, and a department-wide focus on student-centered learning.

Students are provided with a range of academic and professional experiences in and beyond the classroom. These activities:

  • Provide a solid foundation in the skilled use of materials, tools and techniques associated with a wide range of artistic and classroom practices.
  • Promote interest in and knowledge of key issues and processes relating to contemporary and historical art, artists and educators.
  • Engender comprehension of visual language as a means of communication.
  • Foster an understanding of the larger role that the visual arts and design play in society.
  • Enable students to explore issues of diversity, especially in terms of the art world and its cultural influences and audiences.
  • Encourage experimentation, intellectual risk-taking, and critical reading/writing/thinking

The School of Art & Design at EMU consists of five undergraduate majors, three minors and two gradutes degree options.  The BFA in Studio Art offers four concentrations: Graphic Design, 2D Media, 3D Media and Photography / New Media.   The art school has minors in Art, Art HIstory and Simulation, Animation & Gaming.  There are two graduate programs in studio art, providing both MA and MFA degrees. They are tightly interrelated, sharing faculty, facilities, resources and a common interest in the understanding, creation and advancement of visual art. Synergies often develop as students and faculty work together within and across various program areas.

The programs range in size and focus from the K-12 Visual Arts Education program that leads its peers in the outstanding preparation of art teachers, to an Art History program that not only helps EMU art and general education students understand their shared visual culture, but has provided additional leadership and outreach to the community through its development of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and artists. The Bachelor of Science in Simulation, Animation & Gaming, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and K-12 Visual Art Education lead the department in the number of majors. They are recognized for their excellence in the preparation of animators, game designers, studio artists and art educators.

The School of Art & Design consists of 22 full-time tenured or tenure track faculty members and 2 full time lecturers teaching in art history, studio art and K-12 visual art education. Our faculty members are experienced, practicing artists and scholars. Nearly all hold the highest degree in their field (PhD or MFA). The student to faculty ratio is 14/1. The average class size is 14 for studio art and visual art education, and an average of 35 in art history. Nearly all art major classes are taught by regular, full-time faculty.

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