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What will I learn?

The Art program at SVSU equips students with the knowledge and understanding of the history, theories and techniques of the visual arts. The major is wide, ranging from drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and mural painting to comic and cartoon illustration, photography, web, font and UX design as well as video making and art education. Small class sizes ensure that students will work closely with their professors, who are active and accomplished artists. In a friendly, supportive and challenging artistic atmosphere, students will learn with and from fellow students and have opportunities to display their creations alongside the work of other outstanding contemporary artists in the Art Department Gallery. In the SVSU Art program, students will strengthen their craft as they develop the knowledge and skills to influence and impact our society—challenging and changing the way we see and think about the world, whether they go on to graduate school or begin their work in an art-related field.

The visual arts curriculum at SVSU includes a strong foundation in art history and diverse media experience with studio courses in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Students will also be exposed to the creativity of other outstanding contemporary artists whose works are exhibited in the University Art Department Gallery, located on the first floor of the Arbury Fine Arts Center.

Career Opportunities

Product Specialist
Design and Marketing Specialist
Graphic Designer
Art Teacher
School Counselor
Executive Director

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,639.00 per year
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

7400 Bay Road,



48710, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from all colleges and universities attended.

For international students

Students must have a high school equivalent. Minimum GPA: 2.0. English Language Scores: TOEFL (iBT) - 61, IELTS - 5.5, PTE - 45, ELS Certificate - 110, Education First - B2. Application Deadlines: Fall (August) Semester: July 1; Winter (January) Semester: November 1; Spring (May) Semester: March 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.