Art and Design Department
Admission to studio and art education programs at GVSU requires two steps. First, students apply to GVSU. Students should be admitted to GVSU before applying for admission to the department. After being accepted by GVSU, the university will provide you with a student G number that will be needed, along with your password, to apply online. Secondly, once accepted to the university, submit as application and portfolio for review by the Department of Art and Design. Students pursuing the BA degree in art history do not need to apply to the department. (To declare the Art History major, go to myBanner.)
Applying Online. Incoming freshman, transfer, and internal students may apply using the online application. See the Art and Design Admission Graph for more information and to determine your status: freshman, transfer, or internal student.
Required Application Materials. See the Required Application Materials Table to determine what materials are needed for applications submitted by: freshman, transfer, or internal students.
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There are two ways to apply to the department: online or by printed application.
To begin applying online, click here.
To apply using a printed application, see below. The following forms are required for those not applying online.
Follow the instructions carefully to ensure that your application is complete and materials arrive at the Calder Art Center office by your chosen portfolio deadline. Within two weeks of the portfolio review, a letter will be mailed to you with the results of your application.
Complete this form if you are entering college for the first time.
Download Freshman Application .pdf
Complete this form if you wish to transfer credits from another university or college.
Download Transfer Application .pdf
The Internal Application for admission is used for one of four types of students.
1. You are an admitted GVSU student with a major other than Art Education or Studio Art and you are currently taking ART Foundations First Year courses to build a portfolio (ART 150, 155, and 151 or 153, etc). Complete the Internal Application.
2. You are an admitted GVSU student with a major other than Art Education or Studio Art, want to be a major, and have an existing portfolio of work to submit for admission. Complete the Internal Application.
3. You are an admitted GVSU student with a major other than Art Education or Studio Art, want to be a major, and do not have an existing portfolio of work to submit for admission. Contact the Department so that you can register for Foundations classes to build a portfolio and subsequently apply as an Internal Student.
4. You are an incoming Freshman to GVSU, want to be a major in Art Education or Studio Art, and do not have an existing portfolio. Contact the Department so that you can register for Foundations classes to build a portfolio and subsequently apply as an Internal Student.
Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
Page last modified October 24, 2014