About Visual Studies

Visual Studies is a studio emphasis area in the Art and Design Department at GVSU. We offer six studio courses to both Art and Non-Art Majors. NON-ART MAJORS are WELCOME for real studio art learning. These courses do not require traditional art skills like drawing. Art Majors may select Visual Studies as their emphasis area in the BFA Program or take the courses as electives.

Visual Studies reflects interdisciplinary approaches to making art that address significant aspects of contemporary life. One is the increasingly flexible use of space and context. In Space Studio, Civic Studio, and Curatorial Studio we design special contexts and engagements in the creation of culture.

Another aspect of contemporary life is the prevalence of digital media and networks in human experience and interaction. In Time Studio, Interactive Studio and Image Studio we investigate what this means for human culture by learning to make these media, and think critically about what they do.

Visual Studies graduates are employed doing design, curating and arts administration, photography, and other creative work.

Course Offerings for 2017-18

The website is updated with new course offerings for 2017-18. Fall 2017 courses include Space Studio, Time Studio and Image Studio. Winter 2018 includes Interactive Studio and Curatorial Studio, which is also an Issues course. Civic Studio will be scheduled next in 2018-19, though a similar course Public Culture Studio will be offered in the Honors College for Winter of 2018.

Any questions about Visual Studies courses or the studio program can be directed to visualstudies@gvsu.edu or contact area coordinator Paul Wittenbraker.