The School of Art and Design Offers a New Major in Art History

The new art history major incorporates the School of Art and Design cognate core’s focus on visual, physical and social structures. Other core courses in the program include an introduction to ideas in art history, a two-semester analysis of world art and two upper-division seminars in art history methodology and research.

Students can choose from a broad range of elective courses in Japanese, Native American, American, Baroque, Nineteenth-Century and Twentieth-Century art history. Additional courses such as History of Photography, History of Modern Design and a course focusing on crosscurrents between Japan and the West round out the current elective offerings. With this range of electives along with the world art history courses, the program has an emphasis on non-Western and applied art.

A major in art history prepares graduates for employment or further study in museum management, curatorship, archiving, art education, art criticism, arts programming, reporting and publicity, exhibition design, art consulting, collection management, librarianship, arts appraisal, events planning, volunteer coordination, archeology, historic preservation and commercial gallery employment. Art history has even been an alternative path into the area of studio art (a career as a professional artist) for some artists. Prospective art history majors may contact Professors Robert Lalonde, Steven Leuthold, or Mitsutoshi Oba at 906 227 2194 or at the faculty email link below.

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Art and Design Major Finalist in National Video Competition

Mia Cinelli, an NMU Art & Design major, received one of five honorable mention awards in the 2008 Calm-a-sutra of Tea National Scholarship competition, for her video entitled “Tea is for Me!” featuring her original music, lyrics, performance, and animation. Nearly 700 students competed in this national competition sponsored by the USA Tea Council. To see her video select the link below.

Calm-a-sutra of Tea National Scholarship