Undergraduate Admissions

Info Session

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Info Session Presentation // Video
Curriculum // Video
See Yourself at Stamps // Video
Portfolio Prep // Video
Faculty Mentorship // Video
Creative Career Development // Video
Facilities Tour // Interactive
Curriculum Designer // Interactive
Look Book
Ask a Question

Thank you for your interest in the Stamps School of Art & Design! We wish we could meet you in person, but due to COVID-19, all campus visits this spring have been cancelled. In the meantime, we've put together a page of resources that will help you learn more about the Stamps School. From the comfort of your couch, we hope you and your family will spend time with our presentation, virtual tour, and video collection, all selected to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

As you explore the content below, please make sure to jot down any questions you have along the way and send them to the Stamps Admissions team. We’re here to help.

Info Session Presentation

Learn more about the Stamps School of Art & Design in this video presentation by Stamps Admissions Counselor Heriberto Palacio III.



Get an overview of our unique open curriculum.


See Yourself at Stamps

Follow three first-year students to get a sense of where they've been and where they're going.


Portfolio Prep

At Stamps, 50% of your admissions decision is based on your portfolio. In this video, Recruiting Coordinator Juliana gives inside information on what we're looking for and tips on how to make your work stand out.


Faculty Mentorship

At Stamps, students work closely with 60+ internationally recognized faculty. They gain global perspectives, access to a wide range of academic disciplines, career preparation, and influential faculty mentorships.


Creative Career Development

Stamps students spend five days immersed in professional development opportunities in Los Angeles, visiting studios at CBS, NB​C​, ABC, and Disney along with post production houses, sound editing studios, and film processing centers.


Facilities Tour

Take a virtual tour of Stamps studios and spaces on North Campus.


Curriculum Designer

Visit our Curriculum Designer online to explore the courses that will support your creative vision.


Look Book

Check out the online version of our latest viewbook, or download a PDF.


Campus Day FAQs

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan prepares students to think in new ways, to educate them to become concerned world citizens, and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment. This commitment requires rigorous training in the key principles of art and design, collaboration across disciplines and across continents, and teaching by a faculty who are models of the creative thinkers and problems solvers our students will become.

Why Stamps?

  • The best of both worlds: a small art and design school within a big research university
  • Personalized education to fit your ambition
  • Social responsibility and global awareness through study abroad programs
  • Professional and personal relationships with faculty, staff, and peers
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration through studio work AND academic work
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
  • Opportunities for internships and career placement
  • Academic decisions based on your portfolio AND your academics

What courses are available?

As a Stamps student, you never declare a major. Instead, you explore the mediums and concepts you are most interested in. With the guidance of the Stamps advising team, you will curate an interdisciplinary art and design education at a top public research university.
Start mapping your interests: curriculum-designer.com

What facilities are available?

The Stamps School is located in the Art and Architecture Building on U-M’s North Campus. Our studios and dedicated coordinators will help you create work in clay, fibers, metals, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, woodworking, rapid prototyping, and video production.
Learn more about the studios at Stamps: stamps.umich.edu/studios

Do all Stamps students have an International Experience?

When aspiring artists and designers are given the opportunity to step out of a familiar environment and observe another culture, where the role and status assigned to artists and designers may be radically different than the U.S., it fosters creative insights, encourages independence, and prepares students to negotiate differences and adapt to unfamiliar situations. The changed perspective gained through this process of observing, adapting, and adjusting makes students better global citizens and more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.

Learn more about the Stamps International Experience: stamps.umich.edu/international

Is a portfolio required?

Yes! 50% of your Stamps admissions decision is based on your portfolio.

What should I put into my portfolio?

Your portfolio should include 12-15 pieces of your best and most recent work, and 2 design or direct-observation drawings. Learn more about the kinds of work we like to see and tips on how to make your portfolio stand out: stamps.umich.edu/undergraduate-admissions/portfolio

What about financial aid?

Financial aid packages are awarded by the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid based on information submitted through the FAFSA and CSS Profile. We encourage you to keep the U-M Office of Financial Aid aware of your financial wellness. Opportunities for financial aid increase when a student commits to attending U-M.
learn more by connecting with the U-M Office of Financial Aid: finaid.umich.edu

How do I apply for Stamps School scholarships?

You don’t have to do anything other than apply for admission to be considered for Stamps School scholarships. All admitted students are considered for need and/or merit-based scholarships. If you would like to submit additional information that you feel should be considered for a scholarship award please send us an email giving a detailed explanation and we will add it to your file. You’ll be eligible for MORE continuing student scholarships after your first year at Stamps.

What can I do with a Stamps degree?

Stamps grads secure highly coveted creative jobs at a higher-than-average national rate. With a U-M alumni network of 570,000 and a number of Stamps-specific career preparation initiatives—including Portfolio Expo, Career Bootcamp, alumni critique visits, workshops, one-on-one coaching, and more—Stamps Students emerge from their undergraduate studies ready to be more than a great national statistic. They are seeking the lifelong satisfaction that seemingly only the pursuit of creativity can provide.

After graduation:

  • 82% of Stamps graduates are working full-time in a creative field
  • 15% of Stamps graduates attend grad school


Ask a Question

The Stamps Admissions team is here to help with any questions about the Stamps School of Art & Design and life at the University of Michigan: email stamps-admissions@umich.edu anytime.