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School of Art

For the routinely irreverent and rigorously experimental.

Art student working in her dedicated studio space.
"The studio program here encourages interdisciplinary research processes and the classes here are engaging and fun to take."
Julie '22

College of Fine Arts

School of Art

Art, unlike any other academic pursuit, challenges you to re-examine deeply-held beliefs, find uncertainty among rigid rules, and see the world in completely new ways. Here, the intrepidly curious and relentlessly daring collaborate on work that breaks barriers. You’ll develop your unique voice by experimenting with many different artistic materials and techniques and developing interdisciplinary critical thinking. 

School of Art Majors, Minor and More

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Bachelor of Fine Arts

In your first half of your program, our Foundation courses challenge you to try new materials and new ideas while exploring the boundaries of artmaking. In the final two years of the Art program, you’ll have the freedom to choose a concentration or to forge your own hybrid path. We offer a wide range of advanced courses in the following areas:

  • Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Photography: In our image-saturated culture, CMU’s 2D classes challenge you to find new ways that this work can confront complex and timely ideas. 
  • Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work: This area embraces the challenging and ever-evolving definition of sculpture and its role in society.
  • Electronic and Time-Based Media: Across all courses in this area, you’ll harness emerging technologies to investigate complex questions of how technology shapes society and how artists can co-opt technology to subvert it for creative expression. 
  • Contextual Practice: You'll explore experimental approaches to art making such as street art, participatory art, urban interventions, interactive social media, public installations, and politically engaged art. 

No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll expand your artistic knowledge and put it into practice in five different kinds of classes:

  • Transdisciplinary Research Studios
  • Foundational Media Studios
  • Advanced Studios
  • Critical Studies Courses
  • Professional Development Courses
  • University Academic Courses

If you’re in another CMU college or department, you can add even more creativity to your curriculum with a School of Art minor, which requires six courses.

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts
Bachelor of Humanities and Arts
Bachelor of Science and Arts

At Carnegie Mellon, you’ll find interdisciplinary thinking woven into the curriculum of every program. But nowhere is this truer than the BXA programs, which combine different academic areas with the arts in inventive, visionary ways. Each program’s focus is unique, but any of them will give you the creative, technical, academic and practical skills you need to innovate across disciplines in ways that are all your own. 


School of Art

College of Fine Arts 300
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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 School of Art Website

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High School Course Requirements

4 years English
10 electives

Mix It Up

You’re not just one thing. You’re a scientist. An artist. A technologist. A maker. A writer. Carnegie Mellon has been mixing it up for decades, and whatever you want to pursue, we’ve got the right mix for you.