Art & Art History

Create Your Future in the World of Art

Art is about creative expression, but it’s also about understanding your world and connecting with it in deep and meaningful ways. Art history lets you explore the past through the eyes of its artists.

We seek students who want to engage with art as their profession or as a creative outlet. You should be prepared to look at the world from many perspectives, work hard, and get to know yourself better. Join us if you want to express yourself and study those who have touched the world with their craft.

Although we have a beautiful studio and teaching spaces, we focus on getting you outside of the classroom as much as possible. At the University of Michigan-Flint, Art & Art History means connecting with the community and improving spaces for all people. As a UM-Flint Art student, you will engage with the campus, area youth, and at-risk populations. You will have the chance to bring art to those who need it most and to change the face of the Flint community.

We are proud of developing our students as innovators, creators, communicators, teachers, and historians of art and visual culture. We also believe in a focus on academic excellence and integrity in scholarship.

Our foundation in liberal arts means you will graduate as a well-rounded student with highly employable skills. You will be able to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and confidently navigate a diverse world.

Two students working faculty in a design class at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Student painting at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Student in a printmaking class at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Art & Art History Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art & Design

Catalog Description
Prepares students for innovative roles in design, entrepreneurship, and technology; careers as professional designers, photographers, developers, and media makers, while preparing students to be design thinkers, socially-engaged artists, and creative problem-solvers. You’ll grow through exposure to multiple media, concluding with the production of a professional portfolio in your area of specialization.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Catalog Description
You’ll begin this program with a series of foundation courses stressing the development of technical, problem-solving, and conceptual skills. Then choose an emphasis area in Painting & Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, or Photographic Printmaking.

Art & Art History Honors

Catalog Description
Honors students take additional coursework and complete an off-campus research project and submit a thesis before graduation. 


Secondary Teaching Certificate

Art & Art History Master’s Degree

Janice McCoy

Janice McCoy
Art Education 2018

“ My time at UM-Flint has made me a great deal more confident in myself and my own abilities. The opportunities that I have had to participate in academic research, develop artistically in multiple fields of study, work as a designer for several projects, and gain experience in the field of education have provided me with a wide variety of skills and lessons that I maybe wouldn’t have been able to do in a larger school with more competition.”

Janice is now working as the Gallery Assistant & Programs Coordinator at Flint’s Mott-Warsh Collection.

Advising Services

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and book an appointment today.

In addition to academic advising, the College of Arts & Sciences provides extensive career advising services to help you define a clear path for your career. Contact Myesha Cannon through Handshake to schedule your career coaching appointment.

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