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

Visual Studies

 

 



Padnos Gallery View

Experience the Padnos Gallery Exhibitions Virtually

Visit the Stuart B. and Barbara H. Padnos Art & Design Student Gallery website to experience the works on display this semester

View the Padnos Art Gallery Exhibition



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.

 

1. Find Your Voice



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)

2. Liberal Arts Education

 

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.
 

3. Join the #LakerEffect



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.

4. Scholarships


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

Jason Lee Starin, BFA, Studio Art (Ceramics), 1999

Jason Lee Starin, BFA, Studio Art (Ceramics), 1999

"A career in the arts is about persistence, it never ends. Learn to gracefully accept rejection over and over again. Learn from it. How can you improve? If you want something really bad, apply often to the same call, year after year until you get it."

Zac Freeland, BFA, Graphic Design, 2016

Zac Freeland, BFA, Graphic Design, 2016

"Always let your desires for success and knowledge outweigh your fear of failure."

Jessica Maclin, BFA, Studio Art - Illustration and Metalsmithing, 2013

Jessica Maclin, BFA, Studio Art - Illustration and Metalsmithing, 2013

"Don't be afraid to work with your hands! Working at a job that produces a tangible product at the end of the day is incredibly rewarding."

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Student works

 

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.
 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Website