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Minor in Art & Design

Make creative problem solving, hands-on making, and visual communication a part of your education.

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For students interested in design thinking, visual composition, working collaboratively, critical thinking and analysis, and gaining skills with tools and techniques relevant to a wide range of material processes, the Stamps School offers an eighteen-credit minor in studio art and design to students in the following programs:

  • Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA)
  • School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • School of Information
  • College of Engineering
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Ross School of Business
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Public Health

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How to Earn a Minor in Art & Design

  • Art & Design Minor Requirements
    • Two 100-level studios (minimum 6 credits; see below for details)

    • Two 200-level studios (minimum 6 credits)

    • One 300-level studio (minimum 3 credits)

    • Minimum three academic credits

    • To become a declared minor, students must have a currently declared major.

  • Step 1: Get Started
    • Explore the Art & Design Minor Canvas course for more information.
    • Attend a Minor in Art in Design info session, held online approximately twice a month. It is required that all interested students attend an info session as the first step of the process. If none of the available dates/times work for you, please email Stamps Minor Advisor Kristy Watkins.
    • After you've attended a Minor in Art in Design info session, you can set up a Minor Advising appointment via Google Calendar. Using the Canvas course listed above, research minor requirements and course options prior to this meeting.
  • Step 2: Make it Official

    In any order, complete two 3-credit courses, one from Group A and one from Group B:

    A. Drawing Studio: Drawing: Observation (ARTDES 100) or Drawing: Visualization (ARTDES 105)

    B. Dimensional Studio: Studio 2D (ARTDES 115), Studio 3D (ARTDES 120) or Studio 4D (ARTDES 125)

    Once you have finished one of these courses, you're ready to declare your minor by completing the Minor Declaration Form. That form indicates that you've completed the first prerequisite course, discussed the Art & Design Minor with a Stamps advisor, and established a plan of study.

    Completion of the minor will require that you also take a second 100-level studio, taken from the alternate group. Note: Although most students complete both 100-level courses before taking courses at the 200- or 300-level, the order of courses may be flexible. For example, you can choose to enroll in a 200-level course right after your first 100-level studio if you've completed the prerequisites for that 200-level course.

  • Step 3: Choose Courses

    With the help of your minor advisor and the Stamps Course Guide, choose four courses (minimum 12 credits) as follows:

    1. Two 200-level studio courses (minimum 6 credits).

      Options offered at Stamps include ARTDES 200 - 299, a wide variety of introductory courses focused on developing skills in specific studio areas. 200-level classes are often prerequisites for more advanced studios.

      200-level studio courses offered outside the Stamps School can also count toward this requirement. A maximum of two non-ARTDES studio courses can count toward the minor. Choosing non-ARTDES courses may result in not having the appropriate prerequisites for higher level courses. Non-ARTDES minor course options include:

      ARCH 255, Imaging + ARCH 256, Immersion (4 credits)
      ARCH 257, Assembly + 258, Translation + 259, Orientation (Choose 2 of the 3 courses = 4 credits)
      MECHENG 250, Design & Manufacturing I
      PAT 201, Intro to Computer Music
      PAT 202, Computer Music
      PAT 280, Sound Reinforcement
      RCARTS 260 Photography I
      RCARTS 270 Sculpture I
      RCARTS 250 Printmaking I
      RCARTS 290 Ceramics I
      FTVM 290, Intro to Media Production
      THTREMUS 240, Intro to Design
      THTREMUS 256, Lighting Design I
      THTREMUS 260, Scene Design I
      THTREMUS 263, Design Rendering
      THTREMUS 270, Costume Design I
      UARTS 250, Creative Process

    2. One 300-level studio course (minimum 3 credits).

      Options offered at Stamps include ARTDES 300 - 389, a variety of more advanced, project-based courses where you can apply and refine the skills acquired in introductory classes.

      300-level studio courses offered outside the Stamps School can also count toward this requirement. A maximum of two non-ARTDES studio courses can count toward the minor. Choosing non-ARTDES courses may result in not having the appropriate prerequisites for higher level courses. The non-ARTDES minor course options include:

      ARCH 312, Architectural Design
      PAT 331, Sound Recording I
      PAT 380, Sound for Theatre
      RCARTS 369 Photography III
      RCARTS 399 Ceramics III
      FTVM 300, Movie/Serial Television Production I
      FTVM 305, The Experimental Screen
      FTVM 306, Animation & Digital Media Practices I
      THTREMUS 356, Lighting Design II
      THTREMUS 360, Scene Design II
      THTREMUS 370, Costume Design II
      Higher-level (400) studio courses can also count toward this requirement, with approval.

    3. One academic course (3 credits minimum), selected from the Minor Canvas Academic Course Requirement list in Canvas.

    Art/design-related courses offered by other University of Michigan units can also apply to the minor. Please see this Canvas link for more information.

  • Step 4: Complete

    Complete the Minor Release Form during your last year at U-M. The purpose of this release form is to inform the student and the student’s home unit which courses for the Stamps Minor in Art & Design have been completed, and which courses are still required to complete this minor successfully. A completed minor consists of 6 courses (minimum 18 credits) as outlined above. You must return this completed form to your home unit to have your Stamps minor listed on your transcript.

Minor Policies

  • The minor is open to all undergraduates who are not Stamps Majors and who have already declared a major

  • A portfolio is not required

  • All coursework must be selected from the list of approved courses

  • Test credits may not be used to meet the requirements of the minor

  • A maximum of two non-ARTDES studio courses can fulfill minor requirements

  • A maximum of one 100-level studio course (courses that transfer as 100, 105, 115, 120, or 125 only) can be transferred from a U.S. institution and count toward the minor requirements. Pre-approval from the minor advisor is required.

  • Students may not elect the pass/​fail grading option for courses included in the minor

  • A maximum of one course may be shared between the requirements of a minor and a major

  • A stu­dent must earn an over­all GPA of at least 2.0 in the minor, includ­ing any pre­req­ui­sites nec­es­sary for com­ple­tion of the minor

  • Students may not add, complete, or declare a minor after graduation

  • AP/IB test scores in studio art courses cannot be applied to the minor requirements