What will I learn?

The degree programs at CMU are structured to allow students to take courses in multiple areas based on their developing body of work and personal interests. This structure allows for highly individualized programs that place focus on the student and their goals for professional practice beyond graduation. Because students are not bound by a single area of study, they are free to develop their own voice as an artist and explore multiple mediums in the development of their work.​​​

Program Overview​

​​CMU’s art program prepares you for a career in art or to pursue a graduate degree. The studio arts major is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and allows you to learn from nationally renowned instructors. CMU faculty members have exhibited their work around the world and help students like you develop artistic, analytical and interpretive abilities. Media areas include ceramics, drawing, fiber design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.​

This degree program, which requires 78 hours in art, offers art majors a firm foundation in basic courses such as drawing, design, and art history. This foundation not only provides a strong base for all specialized studio areas, but also prepares students to qualify for advanced degree programs.


Sculpture in the Art & Design Department is an interdisciplinary and dynamic environment integral to understanding the manipulation of materials, space, and issues of the built domain. Expanding on 3D concepts introduced in foundations coursework, students develop a conceptual and technical understanding of sculptural practice. Coursework introduces students to various propositions that require thoughtful and creative solutions, which may take a variety of abstract and narrative forms. Students consider the perceptual, formal, and critical effect of objects on their design, as well as their social and environmental impact. Classroom discussions and presentations provide an historical context for contemporary sculpture in order to examine emerging topics and new approaches in making. ​The body of work developed by students in the sculpture program leads to employment opportunities across the arts while also providing a solid foundation for further graduate studies. Educational field trips to galleries, museums, as well as visiting artist lectures and studio visits provide a rigorous environment for making.​

Experienced and dedicated faculty provide students with individual support and guidance as they develop and realize their ideas. Emphasis is placed on research and communication as students learn to effectively articulate their intentions, ideas, and findings. Instruction in traditional studio processes, digital fabrication techniques, and site work provide support as students consider their making in both the physical and virtual world.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Media

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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