Each studio art degree integrates the values of a liberal education while preparing graduates for intensive engagement with the production and examination of the visual arts.
Students can pursue an emphasis in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and visual studies. The program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). A studio art minor is also offered, requiring completion of eight courses.
During their first year, studio art majors focus on the foundations courses that introduce them to technical and conceptual approaches to the visual arts. As students continue in the program they create a personal body of work under the supervision of faculty mentors in their emphasis area. For information about admission to the program, please visit the department website.
Students may pursue a variety of career paths, including:
Majors also build the transferable skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and communication necessary for professional careers outside of the arts.
An artist's work incorporates creativity, but it is enriched by the consideration of broader ethical, historical, scientific, and cultural ideas. Joining the processes of making with investigation and analysis fosters thoughtful artists whose work contributes to the public dialogue about those ideas. Visual arts students:
“Grand Valley really gave me the essential foundations of art making. I don't believe that my work would be as strong as it is if I would not have gone there. The faculty gave me key knowledge of what it is to be an artist and how to survive outside of the educational environment. I really had an idea of what to do once I left school.”