Wayne State University


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The BFA in Art degree provides a focused program that prepares students for a professional career or graduate school. Students may choose from concentrations in the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Arts, Fibers, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design

The BFA in Design encourages students through continuous, regular mentorship and are exposed to a range of challenging topics through dynamic, relevant coursework. Students have broad opportunities to expand upon the body of design knowledge through academic rigor and robust design training. Our mission is to prepare the next generation of designers to apply their skills and creativity to solve complex problems and to build meaningful and successful careers in an increasingly competitive professional landscape.  Students may choose from concentrations in the following areas:  Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

The BA in Art History degree first introduces students to the general principles of art through survey courses and then advances students to specialized study of ancient through contemporary periods in various artistic traditions.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Design and Merchandising

Both of these degrees provide students the opportunity to combine a fine arts education with technical preparation in the professional fields of apparel design or fashion merchandising.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Students develop their talents as artists and gain a basic understanding of the history of art in this general degree program. The Bachelor of Arts is a good choice for students who wish to pursue a second major in a different subject. This degree provides the foundation for fields that require a visual arts background, such as art conservation, historic preservation and art therapy.


All students contemplating enrolling in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science (Fashion Design and Merchandising) should see the department's undergraduate advisor prior to his/her first period of enrollment. The office is located in the main office of the Department of Art and Art History, 150 Community Arts Building, (313) 577-2980. Subsequently, the student should meet with the advisor prior to every registration period.  Students may meet with either Michele Porter located in 150 Art Building or Avanti Herczeg located in 206 Schaver Building.

If you already know what you would like to study and simply need to declare your major or minor, make changes through the online Declaration of Major or Minor Portal found at the following web address:   https://forms.wayne.edu/59b69d049c91b/

Transfer students should consult the department's undergraduate advisor immediately upon entering Wayne State University. For this consultation, students should have transcripts of previous courses.

The undergraduate advisors in the Department of Art and Art History is primarily responsible for overall department advising and meets with students by appointment. For additional career and professional guidance, a student also needs to consult with the full-time faculty in his/her chosen area of concentration. Office hours for faculty members are posted in the Department of Art and Art History office, 150 Community Arts Building. For other times, appointments may be made by calling the faculty during their posted office hours.