A School of Art for the 21st Century

The School of Art offers a broad-based undergraduate program in art, addressing many issues facing the contemporary artist. The program aims to develop each student’s commitment, knowledge and skills necessary to work in a rapidly changing global culture.

The BFA in Art has four areas of concentration, which allow students to pursue a particular area of media interest, or to combine media interests:

  • Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Photography [DP3]
  • Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work [SIS]
  • Electronic and Time Based Media [ETB]
  • Contextual Practice [CP]

Being educated to “work as an artist” can and will prepare individuals for many, widely diverging opportunities. Implicit in the program is the notion that an artist works within a context of many dualities, and the program is a vehicle to explore these dualities, which include:

  • Culture/Nature
  • Tradition/Experiment
  • High-Technology/Low-Technology
  • Private/Public
  • Global/Local
  • Diversity/Focus

Minor offered by School of Art


Sampling of minors offered by College of Fine Arts

Communication Design
History of the Arts
Industrial Design

Sampling of School of Art courses

2D Media Studio: Drawing I
Concept Studio: The Self and the Human
Advanced ETB: Animation, Art and Technology
Advanced PDP: Making Mass Media
Advanced SIS: Environment Sculpture
Global Perspectives for Art

About the 2020 First Year Class

Average Unweighted GPA:3.77

SAT Middle 50%

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 710-760Math: 740-780

ACT Middle 50%

English: 32Math: 32-35Composite: 33-35

Undergraduate Research

Where's the Class of 2019?

All School of Art degree programs incorporate a broad-based approach to artmaking, encouraging a coherent, informed understanding of personal, public, conceptual and technical issues relevant to many forms of artistic expression. During and after their time at Carnegie Mellon, students actively exhibit their work and pursue residencies, fellowships and collaborative projects that reach far beyond the studio. Many undergraduates receive minors or even double major in other fields, and go on to obtain masters degrees not only in fine arts, but also in a variety of fields spanning business administration to environmental law.

Amazing Alumni