University Of Michigan

The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. It was first established on 1,920 acres of land ceded by the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi people "...for a college at Detroit." The school moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837, when Ann Arbor was only 13 years old. The city had a booming population of 2,000, a courthouse and jail, a bank, four churches and two mills. It had been established in 1824 by two Easterners, John Allen and Elisha Rumsey. The town was named to honor the wives of the founders, Mary Ann Rumsey and Ann Allen, and the natural arbor created by the massive oaks in the area.

It took four years to build the necessary facilities for the new campus in Ann Arbor. The buildings consisted of four faculty homes and one classroom-dormitory building. (One of the homes is still standing and is now the President's house.) Cows owned by the faculty grazed over much of campus. As late as 1845 the campus was covered in the summer with a crop of wheat, grown by a janitor as part of his remuneration. Faculty families harvested peaches from the orchard of the ... [ Read All ]

Ann Arbor

United States

1 Mead Way, Bronxville
Phone: 734-764-1817

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Our Aims

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


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News and Events

2007 All Student Exhibition 02.15.07
The School of Art & Design’s Fifth Annual All Student Exhibition is scheduled from March 9 through March 30. Student work will be presented in exhibitions throughout all of the School’s facilities: Slusser Gallery, Robbins Gallery, Work on South State Street, and all corridor venues in the Art & Architecture Building.

Gala receptions are scheduled for Friday, March 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at both the North Campus facility and Work@State Street, with food, music, and bus shuttles between North Campus and Central Campus.

Information For  Undergraduates

The A&D undergraduate curriculum prepares graduates for a broad range of eventualities. It integrates art and design methodologies, interweaves traditional techniques with contemporary technologies, bridges the personal to the social, and engages the rich resources of the University and the community. This program also includes opportunities for international study and undergraduate student exhibitions. The first two years of the four-year program are highly structured; the second two are extraordinarily flexible. Career exploration and planning start in the first year.

While all students graduate from the program with the same degree, a BFA in Art and Design, each student's degree reflects his or her own personalized educational plan. In the third and fourth year, with faculty mentoring, students to pursue individualized courses of study to create a unique educational experience and a body of creative work that serves as a basis for future endeavors. Students are able to engage in specific and traditional fields of study in art and design, though many students pursue interests and talents that extend beyond the confines of tradi...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

The School of Art & Design offers a unique three-year M.F.A. program structured to expand the intellectual reach of creative work, and utilize a comprehensive process for bringing creative work into the world.

In this unique program, all graduate students are required to reach beyond the cultures of art and design to develop robust engagements with one or more fields of knowledge and inquiry at the University of Michigan. Students are expected to carry out creative work informed by and interacting with the additional field of inquiry.

Successful applicants to the program will be expected to clearly reveal their interest and ability to carry out such work.

Viability in today's culture requires that one's creative work engage a broad intellectual and social context. In an effort to address this condition, the School of Art & Design graduate program requires all students to develop an intense engagement with one or more fields of knowledge beyond the traditional purview of art and design. Graduates of this program will be prepared to thrive in a variety of public and private ro...  [ Read All ]


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Student Facilities

The School provides shared state-of-the-art offsite and onsite studios to give students access to the technologies and techniques that are vital for creative practice in art and design. Individual workspaces are provided for two semesters to each undergraduate student taking an Integrative Projects course and each graduate student is provided a large studio for six semesters of their MFA program.

In addition, students have access to a wealth of resources across the entire University campus, including the James Duderstadt Center that
includes well-equipped electronic media labs, computer labs, and a library housing an extensive collection of books on art and design.