An education in the arts lies between the practices of making, intellectual reflection, and an understanding of the relationship between visual media and society. 

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.


Discover Your Potential at VMA


  • BA in Art Education
  • BS in Art Education


  • BA in Art History
  • Minor in Art History


  • BA in Film and Video Production
  • BS in Film and Video Production


  • BA in Photography
  • BS in Photography
  • Minor in Photography


  • BA in Studio Art
  • BS in Studio Art
  • BFA in Studio Art (emphasis in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Visual Studies)
  • Minor in Studio Art

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Visit the Padnos Gallery

Padnos Gallery Exhibition


Visit the Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Student Gallery to experience the works on display this semester. The Padnos Gallery is located on the lower level of Calder Art Center.

New Studio Art BFA Curriculum

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Beginning fall 2022, requirements and courses in the Studio Art BFA degree have been updated.

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“"I had always been an art kid. The problem solving involved in graphic design is what drew me into that specific emphasis. I love turning an ambiguous landscape into a creative solution."”

Sarah Brockett, graphic design emphasis alumna, 2014

Why study Visual and Media Arts at GVSU?


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.


Find Your Voice

1. You will find your voice here

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)

Liberal Arts Education

General Education Program at GVSU


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.


The Dirk Koning Memorial Scholarship is available for Film & Video Production Students

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



10 Questions for our alumni

Jenn Schaub, BFA, Printmaking, 2002, and Masters of Public Administration, 2007 Spotlight

Jenn Schaub, BFA, Printmaking, 2002, and Masters of Public Administration, 2007

"Developing a studio practice that isn't defined by classes and critiques is everything. Make time to make for the joy of doing."

Cory Anne Hurless, BA, Art History, 2014 and Anthropology Minor Spotlight

Cory Anne Hurless, BA, Art History, 2014 and Anthropology Minor

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).

Michelle Froh, BFA, Studio Art (Printmaking), 2005 Spotlight

Michelle Froh, BFA, Studio Art (Printmaking), 2005

"I love how versatile my education was. I appreciated my time at GVSU a lot, so much so that I feel fully able to teach art in a different language to probably the most difficult age group."

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Student works


The Department of Visual and Media Arts belongs to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Through our commitment to liberal education, CLAS strives to be an inclusive and equitable community of inquiry where students, staff and faculty collaborate to pursue and create knowledge, to enact global citizenship, and to engage and support our many communities.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Website

Grand Valley State University is an Institutional Member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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