Artists are visionary project managers who make new things happen in the world! The Fine Arts Major is a studio-based art program that professionally prepares you for a visually expressive, creative career.
Fine Arts Major students develop their hand skills, expanding their imaginations while growing the abilities to conceptualize and create visually meaningful, expressive artwork. Decision making and leadership skills learned in taking your projects from concept to conclusion have applications in a wide variety of professional settings.
Enhanced or New Skills to:
|Independent Artist||Show and sell in galleries, art fairs and on the Web, all media. For example, original jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, sculpture.|
|Commissioned Artist||Provide customized artwork services. For example, create portraits, sculptures, or murals, at times for specific locations.|
|Illustrator||Work with authors and publishers to create original artwork for that publication.|
|Exhibit & Display Designer||Plan style, create arrangement of displays for events or retail areas.|
|Maker Space Instructor||Provide technical support, consultation and recommendations for maker space artists create using unique equipment.|
|Arts Administrator||Coordinate Art-connected services in organizations including galleries, foundations, museums, “maker spaces,” and art fairs.|
|Graduate Education or Art Teacher Preperation||Continue specialized education to gain the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree or Art Education teacher certification in the Visual Arts.|
Fine Arts program options combine hands-on Studio Art experiences with opportunities to develop your personal styles through independent and collaborative projects. Experimenting with art making techniques, generating a body of original artwork and participating in student exhibitions are key experiences in the Fine Arts Major.
Courses start with introductory Art Foundations classes in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics and Printmaking. Students then select concentrations to further pursue one of these four areas. Studio electives offer the option to pursue another concentration or explore a variety of areas including Photography, Photoshop, and Graphic Design.
The Art History courses here are personally engaging, supporting artistic development with hands-on art explorations, current connections and Detroit Institute of Arts trips.
Progress through our program which offers collaborative branding experiences from
concept to final.
Madonna also offers a minor for Fine Arts majors.
A studio-based major program of study that professionally prepares artist-educators for creative careers as certified Visual Arts teachers.Learn More
The Art History Minor provides focused study of humanity’s most powerful art making endeavors from ancient times to the present day. Students learn to analyze, research, and interpret artwork.Learn More
This certificate enhances communication design skills for those in project management, organizational leadership, administrative support, or small businesses.Learn More
B.A., University of Detroit
M.Ed., Ed.D. Wayne State University
Dr. Chris Seguin is an Associate Professor and the Art Department Chair. She advises students in the Fine Arts and Art Education (Art teacher certification) Majors.
Studio ceramics, art history and humanities courses are among the offerings Dr. Seguin enjoys teaching. A certified art teacher and a multi-media artist, Dr. Seguin is deeply interested in students actively developing their capacities of imagination, ingenuity and creativity for generating new ideas and developing innovation skills. Her scholarship focuses on the role of creativity in place-based education that supports local communities in becoming more environmentally aware, socially just and prosperous.
As a volunteer Dr. Seguin supports the Community Action Network (CAN) Art & Design programs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also leads the annual “Empty Bowls” initiatives at Madonna. This ongoing Service Learning Project engages students in ceramics courses and service organizations in supporting the work of the Gleaners Food Bank, which fights hunger across the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties’ region.
B.F.A., College for Creative Studies
M.A.T., Madonna University
One of Robin’s favorite parts of teaching is staying actively connected to her former students as they move powerfully into the design field and become talented colleagues. It’s a delightful and common testament that graduates from Madonna University's Graphic Design program consistently reach back, expressing their gratitude, visiting with current graphic design students, and requesting Madonna Graphic Design students as interns or employees.
In addition to teaching, Robin has had a long career in graphic design, working for ad agencies, in house graphic design departments, and running her own graphic design and illustration business. Maintaining an active connection to Detroit’s graphic design community allows her to remain in tuned to current trends and technologies in the business as well as providing valuable lessons and connections with real world perspective for her students’ enrichment.