Art Student #4 Eileen Gemborys




Art Student #5 Katie Stanton

The visual arts curriculum includes art history and studio courses in
ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking,
sculpture & two-and three-dimensional design. The Art Department
offers both a major and minor in art and graphic design. Students
receiving the B.A. in Visual Arts Education are eligible to apply for a
Michigan teaching license in visual arts education, and to pursue
teaching positions in K-12 education.

SVSU offers small class sizes, with currently over 300 majors, and
150 minors, and a teaching staff of 10 full time and 16 adjunct

Program of Study

The visual arts curriculum at SVSU includes art history and studio
courses in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography,
printmaking, and sculpture.  The Department of Art is part of the
College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences. Students may earn a B.A.
in Art, Graphic Design, or Visual Arts Education, and also a B.F.A.
degree.  Because most classes do not exceed 25 students at SVSU,
you'll work closely with art professors who are accomplished artists
in their own right. Their paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures
have been exhibited at numerous regional and national shows.  
You also will be exposed to the creativity of other outstanding
contemporary artists whose works are exhibited in the Art
Department University Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the
Arbury Fine Arts Center.


 Art Student #3 Amy Gibas


Art Student #6 David Janssen


Student Learning Goals

Student Learning Goals and objectives of the Art Department academic programs are:

  1. Produce high quality artwork, which reflects a professional level of technical proficiency, unique and individual visions, original ideas, and professional presentation.
  2. Able to describe the features of imagery presented using art vocabulary.
  3. Appreciate the aesthetics and diverse range of the arts from many different cultures, media, styles, periods, and ideas, therefore, to understand and promote diversity in the Arts.
  4. Identify, analyze, and interpret the important visual elements in works of art.
  5. Articulate, verbally and in writing, the basic and advanced levels of formal visual elements such as composition, line, color, style and space.
  6. Make informed judgments about the ethical and moral issues concerning artwork, artists, and processes that are involved in the creation of an image.
  7. Identify and articulate historically significant art works.
  8. Place contemporary art works in historical context, articulate, and analyze those images, and further apply this knowledge to the creation of artworks.
  9. Make personal, yet rational and reasonable assessments, evaluations, and judgments about art works.

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: College Art Association


Photos by Katie Stanton