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Department of Art and Design

Courses For Non-Majors

Interested in taking art and design courses but aren’t a major? there are many options available to GVSU students. (Read more)


During their first year in the program, art majors focus on the completion of six core classes included in the foundations curriculum.

Foundations 3d Project

These courses emphasize drawing, design, and problem-solving skills. This shared curriculum provides students with the conceptual, technical, and critical skills necessary for later studio work. Upon finishing these classes, students choose a specialization from one of the eight studio emphasis areas or the art education program. All majors submit the body of work completed in the foundation courses for review. The graphic design and illustration programs require a secondary admissions process.


2D Design

3D design

Foundations Drawing

The comprehensive foundations program has several dedicated classrooms spread throughout the art building. This ensures that individual students have access to the tools necessary for projects regardless of whether one is creating 3-dimensional work, handwork and drawings, or computer-based projects.

Students' Works

Foundation Portfolios

Foundations Curriculum

  • ART 150: Foundations: 2D Design
  • ART 151: Foundations: 3D Design
  • ART 152: Foundations: Color and Design
  • ART 153: Foundations: Making and Meaning
  • ART 155: Foundations: Introduction to Drawing I
  • ART 157: Foundations: Introduction to Drawing II