Graduate Programs

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Graduate Programs

The Stamps School of Art & Design offers two innovative two-year programs at the graduate level: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art and Master of Design (MDes) in Integrative Design.


Both graduate programs draw on the resources only available at a top tier research university. Graduate students work with leading artists and designers from around the world, scholars and researchers from across the university, and have access to cutting-edge resources and facilities within U-M’s 100 top-ranked programs.

Students conduct their creative work in spacious, fully equipped studios in a 33,000 square foot space that also houses faculty studios, a multi-purpose shop, digital media equipment and large shared working and meeting spaces. Graduate students also have 24/7 access to state-of-the-art studios in the Art & Architecture building.

The Stamps School offers generous merit-based financial support, from stipends and discretionary funds that offset studio expenses to teaching/research assistantships and full tuition waivers.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art

The two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art program has been developed for those artist/scholars whose creative practice is actively engaged with fields beyond the cultures of art and design. It integrates creative work with academic research, international study with regional community engagement, and theoretical grounding with skills development.

Master of Design (MDes) in Integrative Design

The Master of Design (MDes) in Integrative Design emphasizes a dynamic mix of cross-disciplinary collaboration and problem-based inquiry. The program’s structure is project-based and student-centered, bringing together working teams of graduate design students and professionals to engage complex social problems that require development of new knowledge and integrative design solutions.