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Department of Art and Design

Padnos Artist

Meet Nayda Collazo-Llorens, currently our Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist in Residence. (Read more)


Students can pursue a variety of degrees that meet their educational goals and professional interests.

Art Education

Art History

Studio Art

Degree Requirements: GVSU Catalog

Art Education
The art education program offers students the choice of either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and leads to teacher certification for visual art at the primary and secondary levels in the Michigan public schools. Emphasis areas in Art Education include: Ceramics, Jewelry (Metalsmithing), Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Studies.

Art History
Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or a minor in art history at GVSU. The program encourages investigation of the historical and cultural contexts for the production and interpretation of visual media.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Studio Art
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.), degrees in Studio Art offer an introduction to the diversity of practices in the visual arts. Students who would like to explore making visual media as a complement to their primary major can choose a Studio Art Minor at GVSU. Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art
Majors desiring a more specialized curriculum to prepare them for professional work or graduate study can earn Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Studio Art. Students can choose an emphasis in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and visual studies.