Courses

Course Listings & Descriptions

Spring 2020
Fall 2020

Fall 2018: Required Academic Courses

  • First-Year/Foundation Courses are not listed here, but are also required for both BFA and BA students - see the First Year section for details.
  • If you started at Stamps before 2013, different requirements apply - you can download each year's undergraduate handbook here.
  • All students must register for the Stamps Lecture Series.

Note: Our course schedule is subject to change, so visit Wolverine Access for updates. And for best results, read this information BEFORE you request an override.

For Stamps Majors

  • For general information about degree requirements, registration and overrides, consult your Student Handbook.
  • If you have a quick question, email AskanAdvisor@umich.edu. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, go to stamps.genbook.com.
  • If a course or course section is closed, add your name to the waitlist. Overrides are issued daily and expire at midnight. Check your UM email daily if you expect an override. Scroll down below for more information on overrides. 
  • ARTDES 170-189 are courses for non-majors. You will not receive graduation credit if you enroll in one of these courses.

For Stamps Minors

  • Stamps minors must be officially declared to receive priority consideration for a seat in a course. If the course is not listed on your minor declaration, you probably will not get an override. If it is, you have a high possibility of getting it! Prospective minors should begin their exploration here.

For Non-Majors

  • Scroll down to About Stamps (ARTDES) Courses below and read the information about Stamps (ARTDES) courses and about overrides. We are glad to have you in our courses as space permits. 

For Graduate Students

  • Graduate students who want to enroll in courses numbered 100-399 should attend the first class meeting and request an override from the instructor at that time. Graduate students who wish to take a 400-level course should contact the instructor to discuss their qualifications for the course.

About Stamps (ARTDES) Courses

  • Courses numbered 100-151 are open to Stamps majors, and to Stamps minors and other undergraduate students, by override and if space permits. Students who enroll in these courses can drop only with permission of the department.
  • ARTDES 160, the Penny Stamps lecture series, is open to all UM undergraduates. Eighty seats are reserved for Stamps minors and non-majors.
  • Courses numbered 170-189 are open to undergraduate non-majors. Overrides are issued from the waitlist only. If you want a seat in the class, you must add your name to the waitlist.
  • Courses numbered 190-199 are open to all UM undergraduates. Overrides are issued from the waitlist only. If you want a seat in the class, you must add your name to the waitlist.
  • Courses numbered 200-499 are open to Stamps majors and to Stamps minors, by override. You can request an override below.
  • Most courses in Stamps have course fees. If you withdraw from a course within the first 3 weeks, your course fee will be refunded. Course fees for specific courses can be found by clicking on the course description in the course guide.
  • During registration, the Stamps Advising Blog has helpful information on registration, especially regarding the addition of new courses or course sections.

ABOUT STAMPS OVERRIDES

General information about overrides:

  • Overrides issued in the morning before noon will expire that evening at midnight. Overrides issued after noon will expire the next day at midnight. Students hoping for an override should check their UM email daily after 12 pm. 
  • Once an override has expired, it will not be re-issued.
  • Overrides are issued only to your U-M email address.
  • To submit a request for an override to add a course, fill out this form.
  • Students who wish to drop a course (only ARTDES 100-151) should choose “Drop” when they fill out this form

Override information for minors and non-majors 

  • Overrides are issued on a space available basis. Overrides for minors and non-majors will be issued by Friday, August 28.

You may request an override for any Stamps course numbered 100-151 or 200-499 by filling out this form. For all other Stamps courses you must add your name to the waitlist and wait for an override.

ARTDES 129.1
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor(s): Shapiro, A.
Course Fee: 0
Schedule: MW 5:30p-7:00p - 2147
Open to Minors
Good arguments stem from good questions, and academic essays enable writers to express their ideas. This introductory writing course encourages students to cultivate curiosity by asking good questions and honing their reading, research, critical thinking, and writing skills to communicate their discoveries to a variety of audiences. Students work closely with each other and the instructor to develop essays through workshops and extensive revision. Assigned readings cover a variety of genres and serve as models or prompts for essays. Students pursue their own research questions in their writing. This course recognizes making as a form of academic research and encourages students to find connections to their other creative practices.
ARTDES 129.3
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor(s): Shapiro, A.
Course Fee: 0
Schedule: MW 11:00a-12:30p - 2058
Open to Minors
Good arguments stem from good questions, and academic essays enable writers to express their ideas. This introductory writing course encourages students to cultivate curiosity by asking good questions and honing their reading, research, critical thinking, and writing skills to communicate their discoveries to a variety of audiences. Students work closely with each other and the instructor to develop essays through workshops and extensive revision. Assigned readings cover a variety of genres and serve as models or prompts for essays. Students pursue their own research questions in their writing. This course recognizes making as a form of academic research and encourages students to find connections to their other creative practices.
INTPERF 150.1
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): White, E.
Course Fee:
Schedule: MonWed 8:30a-10:45a - 2147
Open to Minors
Introduction to the history of performance art.
ARTDES 160.1
Credit Hours: 1
Instructor(s): Burgard, W.
Course Fee: 0
Schedule: Thu 5:10p-6:30p - MI Theatre
Art History
Open to Non-Majors
Students experience live presentations by the most creative minds from around the world every week in the opulent environment of the Michigan Theater. The Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Series brings preeminent artists, designers, performers, critics, and theorists who give insight into their biographies, career paths, and ideas about contemporary practice. Visit the Stamps website to see the list of outstanding artists presenting this semester. http://stamps.umich.edu/stamps/
ARTDES 399.1
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Metsker, J.
Course Fee: 0
Schedule: MW 4:30p-6:00p - 2126
Open to Minors
Notes / Prerequisites: 129 First Year Writing in Art and Design
In this course students practice the skills required to write specifically in the fields of art and design. Writing in visual fields requires a unique set of skills in order to clearly articulate the concepts and contexts that are important to an artist's work. This course challenges students to investigate their own creative interests, the work of artists and designers who have influenced them, and topics from other fields that are relevant to their practice. The course covers important genres in art and design writing, including reflection, critical analysis, research writing, grant proposals, and that inescapable document: the statement. In the interest of making these tasks more manageable, students proceed from the perspective that writing is an art in itself with its own artistic elements that can be mastered. Just as students develop a language for discussing composition, color, line, and so forth, they learn to break down the formal values of writing, such as description, analysis, word choice, argument, etc.
ARTDES 399.3
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Metsker, J.
Course Fee: 0
Schedule: TTh 12:30p-2:00p - 2147
Open to Minors
Notes / Prerequisites: 129 First Year Writing in Art and Design
In this course students practice the skills required to write specifically in the fields of art and design. Writing in visual fields requires a unique set of skills in order to clearly articulate the concepts and contexts that are important to an artist's work. This course challenges students to investigate their own creative interests, the work of artists and designers who have influenced them, and topics from other fields that are relevant to their practice. The course covers important genres in art and design writing, including reflection, critical analysis, research writing, grant proposals, and that inescapable document: the statement. In the interest of making these tasks more manageable, students proceed from the perspective that writing is an art in itself with its own artistic elements that can be mastered. Just as students develop a language for discussing composition, color, line, and so forth, they learn to break down the formal values of writing, such as description, analysis, word choice, argument, etc.
ARTDES 650.1
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Park, S.
Course Fee: 100
Schedule: Wed 5:30p-8:30p - 1258