Mission, Philosophy & Objectives
The School of Art provides an experimental and creative ethos within a clear studio structure, providing a supportive, yet intellectually challenging, environment to undergraduate and graduate students.
To provide an environment for learning and creating, which develops in the individual student the knowledge, skills and commitment necessary to work as an artist in society.
To expand the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary practice of art by striving to inform it with knowledge from the culture-at-large; and to cultivate a broad-spectrum approach to artistic possibilities, which respects tradition and encourages innovation.
To provide the world with diverse, inquisitive and informed artists who use artmaking in a variety of ways to create a meaningful relationship with society, which sustains the relevance of art locally, nationally, and internationally.
The School of Art's Artistic and Teaching Philosophy:
- Considers, in practical and visionary terms, the role of art and the artist in society.
- Encourages experimentation, crossing boundaries, and hybrid processes as well as engaging the history and traditions of art.
- Combines the advantages of a renowned and innovative professional studio program with the interdisciplinary resources of a top tier university.
- Offers an expansive and inclusive approach toward educating artists, embracing new and established technologies in material and virtual realms.
- Provides extensive training and state-of-the-art facilities in a supportive environment with a professionally active faculty who focus on students as individuals.
- Engages with local and international communities through events, courses, internships, and study abroad.
- Resides in and contributes to a city and region with countless cultural and recreational opportunities.
- Cultivates and celebrates diversity in educating artists for the future.
- Shares and promotes the accomplishments of faculty, students, alumni and guests as they contribute to our culture with creativity and intelligence.
Upon graduating from Carnegie Mellon School of Art, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate creativity, experimentation and invention in the development and realization of artwork
- Utilize technical skills appropriate to their chosen discipline, medium or media
- Apply quantitative, critical and analytical reasoning in relation to processes, materials and forms
- Conduct and apply critical and contextual research in terms of historical and contemporary theoretical, social and cultural issues
- Effectively communicate in visual, written and oral forms
- Employ professional and organizational skills to work independently or collaboratively within a specific discipline or in an interdisciplinary context