Discover your potential


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.


Find Your Voice

Visual Studies



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 below that illustrates what the Department of Visual and Media Arts has to offer. (Shot and edited by alum, Nick Beardslee, Film & Video Production, 2017)


A Quality Education

Quality Education


All students benefit from working with faculty who are professionally active in the scholarly and creative communities. The questions and ideas that fuel the faculty’s research translate into enthusiasm for their teaching material, and an diversity in current practices.


Meet our Faculty 




Located in the Allendale campus, the Department sits three hours away from both Chicago and Detroit. Close proximity to these centers allows for class and department sponsored trips so students can take advantage of special exhibitions and studio visits with professionals.


Calder Arts Center


From a fully maintained woodshop to a Digital Fabrication Lab, the Department of Visual and Media Arts is housed in two buildings on campus equipped with the facilities and support staff necessary for researching, creating, and displaying student’s new work.  


See our facilities


Students' Works



VMA Student Exhibit

March 22, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

SIGIL Presents: Life Drawing Nights

March 22, 2018 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

VMA Student Exhibit

March 23, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

VMA Student Exhibit

March 24, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

VMA Student Exhibit

March 25, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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Support Us

Your gift to the Department of Visual and Media Arts is directly applied towards our students' success. Donations help support scholarships and exhibition awards. Please consider making a donation to the Department today.

Page last modified October 27, 2017