You doodle. You view life with your head slightly tilted. You see beauty in the white spaces. You need to go into your studio and make something like you need to breathe. Art is your passion, it's who you are, and you can't imagine doing anything else for a living. You're the painter, the illustrator, the photographer, the sculptor, the teacher. Enroll in CUAA’s Art program and color your world.

The CUAA Advantage

An Art degree from CUAA offers you more than a diploma. It offers you:

  • A challenging academic community dedicated to your intellectual, social, and spiritual growth
  • Small classroom sizes and personal connections with teachers and administrators
  • An educational experience that blends liberal arts, Christian values, and career-specific coursework
  • A tailored career plan based on your personal goals

Program Highlights

As a CUAA Art major, you'll expand your artistic vision through a wide range of coursework that will challenge you technically and creatively. Art majors complete two specializations of 6 credits each in advanced study of 2D and/or 3D. Art majors also complete 9 credits of electives in addition to their specializations. A number of courses are taken at nearby Washtenaw Community College (WCC), which offers excellent additional facilities.

Learning Outcomes

CUAA Art majors build the skills needed to:

  • Create unique designs, modify images, and use design philosophies to visually communicate
  • Use aspects of drawing, design, color and image to organize a two-dimensional surface
  • Discuss and analyze the arts and create contexts for valuing the arts
  • Communicate ideas through a variety of 3D media
  • Understand contemporary culture through art
  • Assemble and prepare a professional portfolio
  • Build technical and aesthetic skills in your areas of specialization

Career Paths

  • Artist
  • Elementary and secondary art teacher
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Illustrator
  • Graduate student in art, art education, or art therapy

Recommended High School Prep

  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Lab Science
  • Foreign Language


  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Video
  • 3d Animation
  • Photographic Imaging

Students who select studio specializations in Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and/or Ceramics at CUAA complete 6 credits of upper-level courses in two disciplines. Students who select specializations in Photography, Graphic Design-Print Production, Video Production, or Digital Animation complete at least 19-21 credits of coursework at WCC.


Coursework for Art majors and minors is designed for depth of perception and breadth of understanding across disciplines. Students spend a large amount of time in the studio with peers. Classes include Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, Graphic Design, and 20th Century Arts & Culture. See our course catalog for a full class listing.

Complementary Majors/Minors

A minor in Business is strongly recommended to help you develop the skills you’ll need to channel your talents into a successful career.