The BA in Art & Design is the perfect degree for students whose educational goals include broader exploration of the University’s academic resources as well as their desire for a rigorous program in art and design.
Like the BFA program, the BA program does not emphasize the usual disciplinary distinctions (painting, printmaking, graphic design, industrial design, animation, illustration) but focuses on the creative skills that are common to all of these practices. The goal is not to train masters of particular materials (paint, clay, computers, etc), but to provide a broad base of technical and conceptual skills that can be applied to a wide range of creative activities. Creative process, critical thinking, project development, community engagement and collaboration are as important as technical skill development.
The BA degree is well-suited to students who plan to complete two undergraduate degrees; to students who anticipate graduate or professional school not directly related to art and design; to students whose interests in art and design and other educational pursuits are equally strong; or to those students who wish to integrate other educational pursuits with their visually creative work.
This chart represents basic credit distributions for a sample plan of study. Schedules will vary for each student.
|Required Core Studio Courses||24|
|Elective Studio Courses||18|
|A&D Academic Courses||9|
|University Academic Courses||69|
|BA in Art & Design - Total||128|
Eight required Core Studio courses are completed during the first two years of the program. Core Studio courses are typically offered once per year, not every semester, so students should make sure they enroll in these courses in the recommended sequence and recommended semesters - see the Sample Plan of Study for details.
|Course Title||Course #||Credits|
|Fundamentals of Drawing||100||3|
|Tools, Materials, and Processes I: Construction||120||3|
|Tools, Materials, and Processes II: Messages||121||3|
|Tools, Materials, and Processes III: Time||220||3|
|Concept, Form, and Context I: The Human Being||130||3|
|Concept, Form, and Context II: Culture||230||3|
|Concept, Form, and Context III: Nature||231||3|
Students will take six elective studio courses (18 credits) in their four years at A&D, beginning in their second semester.
One elective studio must be an engagement studio, in which students interact with a segment of the local community. Two elective studios may come from other UM schools or departments.
A&D Elective Studio courses vary each semester. For the Winter 2013 semester, elective studios include:
|Course Title||Course #||Credits|
|Pacing and Sequence: Print Publications||300.002||3|
|Lost and Found Photography||300.003||3|
|Impossible Worlds: An Introduction to Visual Effects||300.004||3|
|Life Size Figure Sculpture||300.005||3|
|Public Art and Urban Intervention||300.007||3|
|Drawing the Figure in Context||300.009||3|
|3-D Modeling and Animation||300.010||3|
|A Stitch in Time||300.014||3|
|Introduction to Computational Media||300.016||3|
|Childhood and the Artistic Imagination||300.017||3|
|Advanced Small Metals : Multiples and Mechanisms||300.018||3|
|Get ALife: Cell Phone Art and Artificial Life||300.019||3|
|Writing in Art, Writing as Art||300.020||3|
|Making Science Visible: Five Ways to See Nature||300.021||3|
|Creating for Resilience and Function||300.022||3|
|Painting, Lenses and the Spectacle||300.025||3|
|3-D Production Pipeline: Animation||300.027||3|
|Visual Identity and Branding||300.028||3|
|Wood: Building Furniture||300.035||3|
|Designer Boot Camp||300.047||3|
|Clay to Bronze||304.001||3|
|Drawing In and Around Florence||305.001||1|
|Introduction to Fibers: Entanglement||308.001||3|
|Retaining Identity: the Role of Creative Work in the Healthcare Setting||310.002||3|
|Detroit Connections: In the Classroom*||311.001||3|
|Detroit Connections: Sound and Story||311.002||1|
|Introduction to Video Editing||337.001||3|
|Typography: First Principles||348.001||3|
|Organizing Visual Space||361.001||3|
|Building Web Interfaces||362.001||3|
|Performance: All Access Pass||365.001||3|
|Drawing In and Around Florence||386.601||2|
|Directions with Fibers: Advanced Fibers||408.001||3|
|Architecture of Objects||418.001||3|
|Modeling Space and Marking Time: Experiments with Video||420.001||3|
|Graphic Representation of Complex Information||422.001||3|
* - This course fulfills the Engagement Studio requirement.
A&D's academic requirements are designed to engage students in both the history of art and design and the current practice of emerging artists.
The Penny W. Stamps Lecture Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students. Students must enroll in the 1-credit/semester Lecture Series and attend the weekly lecture each semester through all four years of the program.
Students complete Art & Design Perspectives, a series of three 3-credit courses designed to be broader in scope than traditional art history courses, integrating art and design issues, ideas, and history.
|Course Title||Course #||Credits|
|Penny Stamps Lecture Series - Fall (4 Semesters)||160||4|
|Penny Stamps Lecture Series - Winter (4 Semesters)||161||4|
|Art & Design Perspectives I: The Creators||150||3|
|Art & Design Perspectives II: Society||151||3|
|Art & Design Perspectives III: Technology & the Environment||250||3|
University Academic requirements are designed to develop basic familiarity with the three traditional components of liberal arts - humanities, social sciences and natural sciences; an introduction to analytical reasoning; empathy with other cultures; and familiarity with contemporary environmental issues.
|First Year Writing||LSA Course Guide: "FYWR"||4|
|Upper Level Writing||LSA Course Guide: "ULWR"||3-4|
|History of Art||LSA Course Guide: "HISTART"||3|
|Social Science||LSA Course Guide: "SS"||3|
|Natural Science||LSA Course Guide: "NS"||3|
|Analytical Reasoning||LSA Course Guide: "MSA",
"QR/1", "QR/2", Phil 180 or 201.
|Environmental Studies||LSA Course Guide: "ENVIRON".||3|
|Race and Ethnicity||LSA Course Guide: "RE"||3|
|Academic Electives||Choose additional courses to equal 69 credits.|
Students must complete a Sophomore Review.
In the Sophomore Review, students conduct a presentation of their work to date in the program to an ad-hoc faculty committee. In preparation for reviews, students must supply faculty committee members with résumés, statements about their work, and reflections on their development to date. Special meetings for sophomores are held prior to the reviews in order to help them prepare.
A successful Sophomore Review is required for continuation in the program. Students who perform unsatisfactorily on their Sophomore Reviews are required to re-review at a designated date; some may be asked to take time off or improve deficiencies prior to advancing; and a small minority may be directed to leave the program. These reviews are a significant assessment component of the program.