About Us

Northern Michigan University’s School of Art and Design is one of the largest academic departments on campus. With more than 400 students majoring in one of the school’s 14 areas of concentration, art and design is NMU’s number one major.

The areas of concentration include: art education, ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human-centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. The school also offers an art history minor.

In addition to its major and minor programs, the School of Art and Design provides many of the courses needed to meet the visual and performing arts liberal studies requirement for graduation.

To learn more about NMU’s School of Art and Design, visit the school’s Web site.

Mission statement: "The School of Art and Design prepares students for rewarding careers in art and design by providing an intellectually rigorous curriculum and state-of-the-art studio facilities. The School offers a foundation for students to develop independent and critical thinking abilities, acquire technological and creative skills, respect diversity, and expand artistic and creative modes of expression for lifelong achievement while preparing to be productive global citizens. The DeVos Museum of Art supports the mission of the School by providing exhibitions in the visual arts from global, national and regional sources."