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The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is ranked among the top eight graduate schools in the nation for art and design according to the 2020 U.S. News and World Report.

Stamps offers two inno­v­a­tive 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 an out­stand­ing uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity with a cul­tur­ally and resource rich environment.

Mas­ter of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art

Stamps MFA stu­dents join a sup­port­ive, curios­ity-filled cul­ture of mak­ers and schol­ars. Idea and mate­r­ial work together at Stamps, as the cur­ricu­lum sup­ports stu­dents in the cre­ation of cul­tur­ally rel­e­vant work with a clearly artic­u­lated con­text. Grad­u­ates leave the Stamps MFA pro­gram with a new­found clar­ity on how their work reflects and inter­sects with the world-at-large.

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.