After you declare your major in one of the visual and media arts programs you are assigned a major advisor from the faculty. Majors should meet with their advisors before each class registration period to plan their schedules and evaluate their degree progress. You can find the name and email of your advisor in Banner or consult the list in the departments main office, CAC 1105. The guides and checklists below will help you to prepare for meetings with your advisor and track completed credits towards graduation.

Degree Types

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/ Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.)

The B.A. and B.S. degrees are focused on the breadth of general studies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree requires a three-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree requires that you complete the following three science courses. 

B.A. or B.S. Degrees are available in the following majors:

  • Art Education
  • Art History (B.A. only)
  • Film & Video Production
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The B.F.A. degree is focused on the student's professional preparation. Students pursuing a B.F.A. develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to professional life. 

The B.F.A. degree is available in the Studio Art major only. Students can choose the following areas of emphasis:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Visual Studies


A minor is an opportunity for the student to strengthen their education in the major, or an opportunity to develop a side passion. Choosing a minor is as big of a decision as choosing your major.

Minor degrees are available in the following areas:

  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

Major Guides

Art Education

If you are a student interested in becoming an Art Educator.



Art-Education Information

Studio Art

If you are a student in Studio Art (Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Visual Studies) read this Guide to the Major.

Transitional Advising Guide to New and Previous Studio Art BFA Degree

Film and Video Production

Read this guide for a first-rate experience in the program.



Film and Video Production - Guide to the major


Interested in Photography as a Major! Find the Major requirements here!



Photography Major Requirements

VMA Double Dip Guide

A list of one GVSU courses that will count for 2 classes.

VMA Double Dip Guide

First-Year Student Information

Art Education

Students interested in pursing an Art Education Degree must first submit work through the Art Education Portfolio Review Process.


Apply- Art Education Portfolio Review

Film and Video Production


Students should take the following courses during their first semester:

  • CFV 123 - Survey of Media Production Modes
  • CFV 125 - Media Production I

Students should apply to the major in the second semester. In addition, you will want to take the following courses in the following semester or academic year in order to have optimum success in the upper-level production courses:

  • CFV 226 - Media Production II
  • CFV 227 - Digital Media Lab

(Please contact your advisor immediately if sections close during registration, leaving you without a spot in any of these three critical courses.)



Students should take in their first semester of their first year the following courses:

  • PHO 171 - Photography I 
  • PHO 266 - History of Photography I 

Students should take in their second semester of their first year the following courses:

  • ART 149 - Introduction to Visual Composition
  • PHO 172 - Photography II 


Advising Documents

Art Education - B.A./B.S. + K-12 Teacher Certificate Program


B.A./B.S. + K-12 Teacher Certificate Program

K-12 Comprehensive Certificate Program for BFA students

Art History - B.A.


B.A. Checklist and Plan

Art History - Minor


Minor Checklist

Photography - B.A. and B.S.


Photography - Major Requirements

Photography - Minor


Photography - Minor Requirements

Studio Art, Ceramics - B.F.A.


Degree Checklist

Detailed 4-year Plan


Studio Art, Graphic Design - B.F.A.


Degree Checklist

Detailed 4-year Plan


Studio Art, Illustration - B.F.A.


Illustration Curriculum Checklist

Detailed 4-year Plan

Studio Art, Jewelry and Metalsmithing - B.F.A.


Degree Checklist

Detailed 4-year plan4-year plan

Studio Art, Painting - B.F.A.


Degree Checklist

Detailed 4-year Plan

Printmaking - B.F.A.


Degree Checklist

Detailed 4-year Plan

Studio Art, Sculpture - B.F.A.


Degree Checklist

Detailed 4-year Plan4-year Plan

Studio Art - B.A. and B.S.


Degree Checklist

Studio Art - Minor


Minor Checklist


(Note: Seat availability in Graphic Design courses may not be guaranteed for Studio Art minors)

CLAS Academic Advising Center

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also sponsors an advising center to help students negotiate completion of their college degree. Their website includes information about programs, campus resources and student responsibilities in the advising process.

CLAS Advising Center Website



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