Art and Design Department


What can you do with a degree in Art and Design?

What the Wall Street Journal Says About Fine Arts Degrees

The answers to this question vary depending upon which degree you earn at GVSU. Art education, art history, and studio art each have a variety of career paths, but regardless of the degree you choose programs emphasize the transferable skills of critical thinking and communication that are the foundations of any profession. Some of these may require additional study after completion of your undergraduate degree.

Art Education
Teach in public and private schools, work in community arts and museum education programs, pursue graduate work and university teaching.

Art History
Work in art conservation, art therapy, museums or galleries, archive and library services, arts administration, pursue graduate work and university teaching. Learn More

Studio Art 
Work as an independent artist or designer, work in galleries, arts organizations, and museums, pursue graduate work and university teaching.

These areas of study also offer students preparation for careers in the arts that serve the community.
- Arts Programming and Administration
- Gallery and Museum Curator or Director
- Art Librarian or Visual Resource Curator
- Exhibition Designer or Preparator

GVSU Career Services
Career Services at Grand Valley State University provides students with resources to choose their individual career path. They also offer frequent workshops and programs to help majors in all fields to prepare for life after graduation. Visit Career Services


Many art and design organizations offer undergraduate memberships or chapters. These provide students with an introduction to current practices and opportunities for professional development. Several of them host annual conferences where students can participate in exhibitions, presentations, or workshops.

College Art Association (CAA):
Professional Association for Design (AIGA):
National Art Education Association (NAEA):
Society of Illustrators (SI):
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA): 
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG):
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (F.A.T.E.):
Visual Resources Association - International Association of Image Media Professionals (VRA):
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD):
Art Libraries Society of North America (ALRIS/NA):
American Association of Museums (AAM):
American Art Therapy Association:

U.S. Department of Labor Occupation Outlook for 2012 
Artists, Designers and Related Workers:




Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan


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