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School of Art & Design Mission

The School of Art and Design faculty mentor students in the development of unique visual voices within a larger visual culture. Students are engaged in creative problem solving and independent production of art and design toward a path of becoming engaged professionals in their respective fields. The School offers a foundation program that teaches students to communicate effectively by gaining a theoretical understanding of visual culture across diverse communities and developing an awareness of the evolving nature of Art & Design. Students acquire hands-on material techniques and technological skills while exploring diverse modes of thinking during the production of art & design work, fostering a sustainable creative practice. The DeVos Art Museum and Visiting Artist Program support the mission of the school by providing global, national, and regional exhibitions, educational and research opportunities, and providing students with direct interactions with recognized professional artists.

Overview of The School

The School of Art & Design at Northern Michigan University offers unique opportunities for creative students.

Graduates of the program are employed throughout the country in careers ranging from animators, art directors, cinematographers, illustrators, product designers, studio photographers, studio artist, video editors, web and app designers, and entrepreneurs of large and small art businesses or design firms.

Faculty reviews of student portfolios at the third year evaluate student progress toward completing studio requirements including resume development and presentation, a process that greatly assists students in future employment interviews.

The Art and Design building has over 110,000 square feet of studios, a lecture hall, critique and screening rooms. Professional facilities include Advanced Computer Labs, Photography Studio, Painting and Drawing Studios, Green Screen Lighting Studio, along with well equipped Ceramics, Woodworking, Sculpture, and Metalsmithing workshops.

I encourage you to explore our web site for more information, including examples of student work from every major in our school. If you have any further questions please see the contact section on this website.

Jane Milkie
Associate Dean & Director
School of Art & Design

Lake Superior
Presque Isle Park

Location of School

Northern Michigan University and the city of Marquette are located on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The northern climate and landscape are distinct and provide numerous outdoor activities. Marquette is approximately 350 miles north of Chicago with a population of approximately 25,000. Marquette has a vibrant downtown, a strong local arts community and to most students provides the atmosphere of a small town.

For information about admissions into NMU

Undergraduate Admissions

For general information about
Northern Michigan University

NMU Web Site
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We Prepare Students for Jobs in Art including Artists, Designers, Educators

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The School of Art & Design at Northern Michigan University offers a Bachelors of Fine Art Degree, a Bachelors of Science or Bachelors of Art Degree (that could included a 20 credit minor outside the School of Art & Design in its 38-48 open electives) and a Associate Degree in Art & Design (2 Year Degree). The 120 credit BFA is the standard degree in the school and a sample listing of coursework is included in this section. Freshman are enrolled in the First Year Experience to simplify registration, see details in this section. Links to the undergraduate bulletin and to the course plans for all fifteen majors in the School of Art & Design are linked below.

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Incoming freshman register in the first year experience program, starting their coursework in the Art & Design Major with courses from the foundations, art history, and art review categories. The student would also be enrolled in their first liberal studies course, typically an English composition class.

Students seeking an increased course load can enroll in an additional art studio course or an additional general education course.


UN100 - 2 credit hours
Freshman Experience

AD110 - 4 credit hours
Ideas in Art and Design History

AD101 - 4 credit hours
Process & Design

EN111 - 4 credit hours
College Composition 1

Optional 4 credit hours
additional Studio Art Class
or General Education Course

Course Plans for
Art & Design Majors

To view course plans for specific
Art & Design majors,click the link below.

Art & Design Course Plans

Undergraduate Bulletin

To learn more about the
General Education program
or to see full university
course listings click
the link below.

NMU Undergraduate Bulletin


24 Credit Hours

AD101 - 4 credit hours
Process and Design

AD102 - 4 credit hours
Foundational Drawing

2D Foundations - 4 credit hours
(Illustration, Painting, Photography)

3D Foundations - 4 credit hours
(Ceramics, HCD, Metals, Sculpture, Woodworking)

Digital Foundations - 4 credit hours
(Computer Art, Digital Cinema, Graphic Design)

AD270 - 4 credit hours
Concepts and Culture

AD485 - 4 credit hours
Theories and Practices of Art and Design

NOTE: The Studio Art Class in your concentration double counts for one of the 2D, 3D, or Digital Foundation Requirements.

6 Credit Hours

AD 303 - 2 credit hours
Individual Art Review

AD 499 - 4 credit hours
Senior Capstone Project

12 Credit Hours

AD110 - 4 credit hours
Ideas in Art & Design History

Art History - 4 credit hours
Concentration Specific

Art History - 4 credit hours
Elective Course

24 Credit Hours

AD100 - 4 credit hours
Introduction Studio Art Course

AD200 - 4 credit hours
Intermediate Studio Art Course

AD300 - 4 credit hours
Advanced Studio Art Course

AD300/2 - 4 credit hours
Advanced Studio Art Course

AD400 - 4 credit hours
Senior Studio Art Course

AD400/2 - 4 credit hours
Senior Studio Art Course

Art & Design Electives
16 Credit Hours

Art Elective - 4 credit hours
Advisor Approved Elective

Art Elective - 4 credit hours
Advisor Approved Elective

Art Elective - 4 credit hours
Advisor Approved Elective

Art Elective - 4 credit hours
Art & Design Elective

30-40 Credit Hours

Refer to Undergraduate Bulletin
for Information:
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Art & Design Students Create Artwork in Major the First Year

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Art & Design Student Current Model MacBooks

Apple Macbook

13.3-inch: M1 Chip

Apple M1 Chip
Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
16GB Memory
512GB Storage

Included Software
Photoshop, Lightroom

After Effects, Premiere

Graphic Design
In-Design, Illustrator

Web Design

Microsoft Office

Art & Design Students Use MacBooks

Art & Design Students across a broad spectrum of majors utilize the MacBooks as part of their portfolio development: Computer Art students work on digital composites with Adobe Photoshop and 3D imagery, Digital Cinema students animate in Adobe After Effects, Graphic Communication students design websites in Adobe Dreamweaver and digital publishing layouts in Adobe In-Design, Human Centered Design students design prototypes in Sketchbook Pro, Illustration students draw utilizing tablets in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and Photography students use Adobe Lightroom for color photography and Adobe Photoshop for the construction of digital illustration images.

The MacBook in combination with the high end equipment available in the Art & Design Computer Studio allows majors the to have the flexibility of a notebook and the power to connect to powerful multi processor workstations for more advanced task such as complex 3D rendering, high resolution video editing. Professional inkjet printers, scanners, drawing tablets, digital cameras are also available. The School of Art and Design runs a fast file server to facilitate transfer between MacBooks and the computer studio.

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Art & Design Students get a Macbook Pro with the Adobe Creative Collection

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For general information please contact the Art & Design office via email or phone. To schedule a campus visit please contact the campus visit office. For specific information on a studio major, please contact a professor associated with that area using the email list. Information on scholarships is available in the scholarship section below. Questions about the De Vos Art Museum please contact the Museum Director.

NMU School of Art

School of Art & Design

Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855-5339

906-227-2194 [voice]
906-227- 2276 [fax]

Jane Milkie
Associate Dean &
Marlina Martínez
Executive Administrative Assistant
Karey LaJoye
Principal Account

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Click the link above to help our students with special projects and travel opportunities, be sure to designate the School of Art & Design when completing the form.

Campus Visit Program

To schedule a visit please click
the link below

Campus Visit Program
De Vos Art Museum

De Vos Art Museum
De Vos Art Museum
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

Emily Lanctot - Director and
Sydney Sarasin - Collections &
p: 906-227-1481
f: 906-227-2276

Museum Web Site:
De Vos Art Museum



Michael Letts


Steven M Leuthold
Mitsutoshi Oba


Brian Kakas


Stephan Larson




Gabrielle McNally


Tracy Wascom


Tom Adolphs
Keith Ellis


Alexander Fekete


Steven Hughes


Dale Wedig


Nathan Bett
Christine Lenzen

Social Media Design Management

Daric Christian




Jessie Fleury

Emily Lanctot

Sabrina Langdon, Photograpy

Chris Moore, Printmaking

Alison Taras


Adam Shimun


Dennis Staffne
Professor Photography
Retired 2021
Deceased 2022

Michael Cinelli
Associate Dean & Director
Professor Digital Cinema
Retired 2014

John Hubbard
Professor Drawing/Painting/Printmaking
Retired 2014

Bill Lette
Professor Furniture Design/Woodworking
Retired 2011

Tom Cappuccio
Professor Illustration
Retired 2007
Deceased 2018

Dr. Diane Kordich
Professor Art Education
Retired 2007

James Quirk
Professor Environmental Design
Retired 2000
Deceased 2015

Marvin Zehnder
Professor Ceramics
Retired 1997

Mike Gorski
Professor Graphic Design
Retired 1993
Deceased 2015
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