About-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

About the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon

The School of Art is a premier location for the interface between art and technology and for interdisciplinary art practice.

The art degree programs and environment are designed to develop individuals capable of working as artists in a complex, rapidly changing global culture. Connections with other CMU departments and research units enhance the creative and academic opportunities available to art students.

Art faculty, all practicing artists or scholars, provide an intense, professional learning environment where students enjoy close ties with their instructors and each other.

Students, faculty and staff contribute regularly to CMU and Pittsburgh's creative communities. Places to see and exhibit art on campus, throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods are varied and plentiful.

The School of Art:

  • Combines the advantages of a renowned studio program with the interdisciplinary resources of a top tier university.
  • Offers breadth and depth through an inclusive approach toward educating artists.
  • Encourages experimentation, crossing boundaries, and hybrid processes as well as engaging the history and traditions of art.
  • Fosters problem solving skills and the ability to work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing global culture.
  • Provides versatile training from a professionally active faculty who focus on students as individuals.
  • Provides 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Ensures broad and balanced exposure to a wide range of media, embracing new and established technologies.
  • Engages intentionally with local and international communities through courses, events, internships, and study abroad.
  • Cultivates and celebrates diversity in educating artists for the future.
  • Contributes to a city and region with countless cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Offers career guidance preparing alumni to negotiate their way successfully in the world with creativity and intelligence.

The School of Art is a fully accredited charter member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

College of Fine Arts

Founded 1905, the College of Fine Arts was the first comprehensive arts teaching institution in the United States. Today it consists of five schools: Art, Architecture, Design, Drama, Music and associated units - the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Miller Gallery.

carnegie mellon

CMU is a global, multi-disciplinary research university, home to more than 5,000 undergraduates in 80 baccalaureate degree programs, 2,500 graduate students, 3,000 staff and 1,000 faculty. CMU is:

  • #22 among National Universities (US News & World Report 2009);
  • #20 overall among World Universities, and 7th in technology (Times Higher Education 2007);
  • #14 by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2008;
  • Inculded in Newsweek's list of 25 "New Ivies", 2006.