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Courses in School of Art and Design

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design offers four innovative, media-rich and intellectually-challenging degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), BFA in Interarts Performance and the Joint Degree with LSA. Each degree program integrates traditional techniques with contemporary technologies and provides opportunities for exhibition, community engagement and international experience. The minor in art and design is open to students in all undergraduate programs, including LSA.

During fall and winter academic terms, Stamps offers studio courses designated for non-majors, some on Central Campus, some in the Stamps facilities on North Campus. Spring term options are more limited. Stamps non-major courses (ARTDES 170 - 182) are open to all undergraduates, and for these courses there are no waitlists or overrides. Instead, it is recommended that if a course is full, the student should attend the first day of class and speak to the instructor to determine whether or not there will be a space available in the class. Spaces in Stamps major courses are made available to non-major registration after the last day of scheduled appointments for Wolverine Access early registration. Students may request an override in advance of this date by going to http://stamps.umich.edu/courses

Course schedules and descriptions are available on the Stamps School of Art & Design web page http://stamps.umich.edu/courses.

Area Distribution Credit

Humanities (HU)

The following courses have Humanities distribution designation (Credits are counted as LSA courses):

  • ARTDES 150. Art and Design in Context
  • ARTDES 151. Art and Design History

Creative Expression (CE)

The following courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as LSA courses):

  • ARTDES 120. Studio: 3D
  • ARTDES 130. Methods of Inquiry

The following courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as Non-LSA): 

  • ARTDES 100. Studio: Drawing I
  • ARTDES 170. Drawing for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 171. Printmaking for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 172. Painting for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 173. Digital Photography for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 174. Watercolor for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 175. Life Drawing for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 176. Graphic Design for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 177. Metals for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 178. Animation for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 179. Sculpture for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 181. Clay for Non-Majors
  • ARTDES 210. Typography
Art and Design (ARTDES)

LSA Credit

The following courses count as LSA courses for LSA degree credit.

ARTDES 120. Studio: 3D
(3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

ARTDES 130. Methods of Inquiry
(3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

A studio course that stimulates intellectual problem solving and problem making. Focuses on the development and structuring of ideas related to the human being.

ARTDES 150. Art and Design in Context
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses on definitions of art and design as they change and/or exist in contemporary culture. Students learn key aesthetic concepts and critically employ them in evaluating creative work.

ARTDES 151. Art and Design History
ARTDES 150. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

The second of four courses that introduce students to a broad range of issues and ideas related to the history and critical theory of art making. Focuses on social influences on the artist.

ARTDES 250. Art, Design, and the Environment
(3). (ID). May not be repeated for credit.

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