LAKERS TOGETHER: ‘We can’t wait to meet you.’ One constant is our passion for teaching. Watch a faculty member talk about your learning experience.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Executive order from Michigan Governor Gretchen Wittmer, Calder Arts Center and Lake Superior Hall are now closed.
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Rosa Maria Zamarron, class of 2011, a graduate of the photography program, took this photograph on July 1st that was published in Vogue Magazine. The photograph was taken as a way to showcase our goal of the waawiiyaatanong resurgence which creates a political and social paradigm shift that will divert power away from the colonial patriarchy, and into an indigenous matriarchy headed by women and two-spirited people.
We are so proud of our seniors who persevered under the pandemic to finalize their portfolios. Please click below to take a look.
Three majors from GVSU’s Art History program presented research projects at the 8th Annual Grand Rapids Undergraduate Art History Symposium on April 17. 2020. Raymond Borregard, Nicole McClellan, and Josie Vargas, all graduates from the 2019-2020 class, contributed to the virtual conference. Our students joined undergraduates from Kendall College of Art and Design and Ferris State University to share their work with professors and peers. Congratulations to everyone!
For thousands of years, artists have been fascinated by the flora and fauna of the sea. This exhibit features works inspired by both mythic creatures and real-life wonders adapted to life underwater. Artists include students in the Visual and Media Arts Department as well as those from West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the university-wide initiative Making Waves.
At Grand Valley State University, the Department of Visual and Media Arts encourages majors to explore and develop their individual sense of place as human beings in relationship to the world around them. The degree programs integrate the values of a liberal education while preparing graduates for intensive engagement with the production and examination of the visual arts.
"The skills at GVSU helped me prepare for real world experiences including how to continue to mold the minds of young artists to help them grow."
"Try to find a school that really feels right for you. Small, large, in the heart of a city, etc, what speaks to you? The people there, professors and your peers, should equally make you feel comfortable and constantly challenge you to grow."
Talk to other alumni, ask those who have already graduated (and have a job) for their perspective on their educational experience. Look at where several alumni are working after graduating (not just a few examples- there are always high or low achievers).
More than 25,000 students have chosen to study at Grand Valley, making us one of the largest universities in Michigan. We're big enough to have the impact of a major university and small enough to give you the support and resources you need to move forward and succeed. Read below why an arts education at GVSU will prepare you to succeed after graduation.
We support you during your exciting and challenging transition from learning in the classroom to learning in personal and professional worlds. Students are introduced to many avenues for their creative practice and develop the required skills to succeed in their field. Watch the video above that illustrates what the Department has to offer.
(Shot and edited by alum, Nick Beardslee, Film & Video Production, 2017)
Grand Valley's liberal education focus prepares students for life in a fast-changing world. It fosters a commitment to economic, social, and environmental sustainability and an inclusive campus that values diversity. Through this forward-thinking education, students are empowered to positively affect the global community now and in the future.
Students in the Department of Visual and Media Arts not only will hone their creative and critical thinking skills but also will have the opportunity to engage with the university community in a variety of ways beyond their major. Please see the video of alumna Kaitlyn Allison sharing her story at GVSU.
Scholarships help ensure that the best and brightest students can access a Grand Valley education and enrich our campus, regardless of their socioeconomic situation. They are a great resource to help reduce your reliance on student loans. Grand Valley has a wide variety of scholarships available to new and returning students.
Scholarships for Visual and Media Arts Students
Immediately following the conclusion of the Laker Experience Days (fall and winter semesters), from 1-3pm, we invite you to visit us. You will know exactly how it feels like to be a student in our department, and learn everything that an education in the Arts has to offer. If you are interested in a career in Art and Design, Photography, or Film and Video Production, you're in for an afternoon of great advice and creative activities. You will meet with students, faculty and alumni to discuss the major and learn about future career options.
(Update: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Visual and Media Arts canceled its open house events for the Winter 2020 semester.)
The Department of Visual and Media Arts belongs to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life.