Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan

School Overview

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is a close-knit community of 600+ students, faculty and staff connected to the diversity and resources of the University of Michigan, a world-class research university.

Undergraduate Programs

The Stamps School offers three undergraduate programs: Our anchor undergraduate offering, the BFA in Art and Design, a BA in Art and Design for more academically focused students who also want to maintain a strong engagement with creative studio work, and an Interarts Performance BFA, jointly offered with the Department of Theatre and Drama.  Our undergraduate academic programs focus on creativity: critical thinking, project development, community engagement and collaboration, as well as mastery of technique and craftsmanship. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in the wide range of areas of study available at the University of Michigan. 

Graduate Programs

The Stamps School’s two year MFA program integrates creative production with rigorous academic studies, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development. It is structured to expand the intellectual reach of creative work and utilize a comprehensive process for bringing creative work into the world.

The Stamps MDes in Integrative Design aligns graduate education with the best in emerging professional practice, dissolving traditional professional and educational silos to prepare a new generation of nimble, empathic design practitioners, capable of working with diverse team members in a broad range of contexts and possible futures. Graduates of the MDes program will have two years experience working as part of a cross-disciplinary design studio, collaborating with key industry stakeholders and research, policy, and business partners from across campus. During the two years, the studio will grapple with a variety of client-based, complex, open-ended challenges within a single big issue or “wicked problem.”

Lecture Series

Every Thursday, the School’s Penny Stamps Speaker Series transforms the Michigan Theater into a classroom of over 700 people, bringing the best creative minds in every field to campus.

International Engagement

At Stamps, we believe that study and travel outside of the U.S. is essential for aspiring artists and designers. A required international experience prepares our graduates to enter the globalized economy, makes them more competitive for graduate study, fellowship opportunities, and employment, and helps them to become informed global citizens. International study provides first-hand knowledge of other cultures, fosters creative insights and new life experiences, encourages independence and flexibility, and prepares students to negotiate difference, adapt to changing situations, and to solve problems from a new perspective.

Making a Difference

We’re committed to establishing and maintaining an ambitious array of projects that extend beyond the School, including connections with other units at the University, engagements with Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, and projects around the country and internationally.