Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Art, Design and Art History

MiKyoung Lee, Director
Phone: (540) 568-6216/6661
Email: lee28mx@jmu.edu
Location: Duke Hall, Room 1011
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/art

A. Adesanya, S. Brooks, C. Diop, D. Ehrenpreis, J. Erdman, R. Hilliard, L. Katzman, M. Lee, J. McCaslin, D. McCusker, J. Ott, M. Rooker, M. Shanahan, R. Silberman, W. Stevens, G. Stewart, W. Tate, K. Tollefson-Hall, L. Tubach, W. Wightman, S. Zurbrigg

Associate Professors
A. Barnes, D. Hardy, C. Henriques, B. Hinderliter, R. Mertens, K. Phaup, A. Taylor

Assistant Professors
N. Brinen, D. de Wild, D. Krueger, H. Sions, T. Wile, S. Yoo

Visiting Assistant Professors
M. Saunders, A. Smith

R. Tarbell


Mission Statement

We collaborate as creators and scholars to advance diversity and independent thought through rigorous practice and research.


The School of Art, Design and Art History discerns the following five distinct teaching goals:

  • To prepare future professionals with a global perspective.
  • To develop and license future leaders in the field of education.
  • To enrich the general education of the JMU community.
  • To offer professional instruction for students who wish to enrich their education with a second major or minor.
  • To present outstanding contemporary exhibition programs.

To meet these goals, the School of Art, Design and Art History offers three degrees, a choice of five majors and select areas of emphasis. PK-12 Licensure is available to every School of Art, Design and Art History major, regardless of their degree track. Minors are offered in select areas. All degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours. A full description of degree requirements is listed under degree requirements.

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

Art students at JMU have the opportunity to prepare for a wide variety of art and art-related career fields. Because the School of Art, Design and Art History educates art students as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, graduates have an enhanced ability to think independently, respond flexibly, work productively and compete successfully for employment in career fields that value original and thoughtful creativity. Some possible careers include:

  • Advertising Designer
  • Architectural Designer
  • Artist
  • Art Critic
  • Art Educator
  • Art Historian
  • Ceramicist
  • Conservator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Jeweler
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Museum Curator/Educator
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Textile Designer

To discuss specific career options, students should contact the school and make an appointment with a member of the faculty.


Supplementing JMU’s general accreditation, all degrees offered by the School of Art, Design and Art History are professionally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In addition, the Art Education program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (now CAEP).

Cross Disciplinary Minor