About Our Programs
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.
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.
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.