Undergraduate Programs

Minor in Art & Design

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


Interested in pursuing a Minor in Art & Design? Find out more:

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 and 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

Stamps 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 or transfer credits may not be used to meet the requirements of the minor
  • 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

How to Earn a Minor in Art & Design

Step One

Attend a Stamps Minor in Art & Design information session: This one-hour information session, offered every Friday afternoon, is the first step in declaring a Minor in Art & Design. You'll talk with Stamps representatives, learn more about our program, and find out if the Minor in Art & Design is right for you. Sign up now!

Step Two

Complete two 3-credit courses, one from each category below (6 credits total):

  1. Choose either Drawing: Observation (ARTDES 100) or Drawing: Visualization (ARTDES 105)
  2. Choose one of our foundation "dimensional" courses: 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. This form indicates that you've taken the prerequisite course, discussed the Stamps Minor with a Stamps advisor, and established a plan of study.

Step Three

With the help of your advisor, choose four courses (12 credits) as follows:

  1. Two 200-level studio courses (6 credits).
    Options 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. These options include:
    ARCH 211, Digital Drawing
    ARCH 218, Visual Studies
    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 (3 credits).
    Options include ARTDES 300 - 397, 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. These options include:
    ADABRD 300-399
    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 Production I
    FTVM 305, Experimental Screen I
    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), selected from the following:
    ARTDES 150: Art and Design in Context
    ARTDES 151: Art and Design History
    ARTDES 130: Methods of Inquiry
    ARTDES 160: Penny W. Stamps Lecture Series (1 credit/semester)
    HISTART 271: Origins of Modernism: Art and Culture in Nineteenth Century France
    HISTART 272: Modern Art: Avant-Garde to Contemporary

Art/design-related courses offered by other University of Michigan units can also apply to the minor. Only courses offered by the University of Michigan can count toward the minor. No exceptions.

Step Four

Complete the Minor Release Form. 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. You must return this completed form to your home unit to have your Stamps minor listed on your transcript.


For more information, contact Brian Banks