Fine Arts (BA)
Combine hands-on Studio Art and Art History experiences with opportunities to develop personal style and professional expertise through original independent and collaborative projects.
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
PhD., Wayne State University
M.A., Central Michigan University
B.A., Wayne State University
Dr. Kathleen M. Edelmayer is a Professor of Communication. She joined Madonna University in 2003 after having been the Chair of the Humanities Division at St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University. Previously, she was Director of Debate at Illinois State University, Assistant Director of Forensics at St. Olaf College, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Albion College. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication and a B.A. in Economics from Wayne State University. Her M.A. in Communication is from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Edelmayer teaches interpersonal communication, argumentation and persuasion, small group communication, and political campaign communication. Her research areas are religious and political communication, teaching methods, and administrative issues. She is very involved in Madonna University’s Study Abroad program, having led programs to Ireland and Poland/Prague.
She is very active in the professional community. She currently serves the National Communication Association as a member of the legislative assembly and the leadership team of the Undergraduate College and University Section of NCA. She has served as president of the Religious Communication Association, executive board member of the Central States Communication Association, and finance committee chair of the American Forensics Association.
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.