The Department of Art, Art History, and Design is dedicated to the creation and historical study of the visual arts. Students are encouraged to develop aesthetic and conceptual awareness, perceptual and creative problem–solving skills, and informed judgment in a learning environment that values the development of personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection.
Through its many activities including student exhibitions, Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series, and outreach events, the Department of Art, Art History, and Design is a hallmark of engaged and active learning. An incubator of creativity and innovation, the visual arts contribute significantly to the cultural life of our community, inspire a stewardship of our built and natural environment, internationalize our perspective on issues, broaden our framework of understanding, and increase our capacity to think beyond convention.
Although art classes had been taught since the 1890s, this year marked the founding of a department dedicated to the study of art.
Many of our alumni find careers in the arts, while others apply the skills they learned at MSU to all sorts of pursuits.