Undergraduate Degree Programs

In the studio and classroom we are dedicated to the creation and historical study of the visual arts through our undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Centered in a learning environment that values the development of a personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection, undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines make daily intellectual and artistic discoveries that lead to the development of aesthetic and conceptual awareness, perceptual and creative problem-solving skills, and informed judgment.  With an exceptional student to faculty ratio, the program is a close-knit community of artists and scholars positioned alongside all the resources provided by a Big Ten setting.  Art, Art History, and Design students conduct self-directed research and creative exploration under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized faculty members, visiting artists, scholars, and professional mentors.


In the multi-disciplinary environment of the Kresge Art Center students have access to ample studio space for ceramics, drawing, foundations, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and screen printing, sculpture, sewing, and weaving. In addition to disciplinary studios and lecture classrooms for the study of art history there is a well-equipped woodshop, a professional lighting studio for documentation of artwork, two state-of-the-art digital labs, a visual resource library, and an art store/café.   Rotating exhibitions in Galleries 101 and 114 feature the artwork of students in all disciplines across all levels of the program.  Annual Undergraduate and MFA Exhibitions are held in theKresgeArt Museum.


Supplementing the classroom and studio experience, the department offers many innovative learning initiatives that enhance the degree programs.  Examples include:  a studio art practicum that provides opportunities for students to mount exhibitions and interact with professionals in their fields; a teaching lab-school for art education students; numerous and varied internships for design students: and an active Guest Lecture Series that invites prominent artists and scholars to campus each semester. Students are encouraged to attend activities sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design ranging from lecture series to Graduate, Undergraduate, and Faculty exhibitions to twenty-four hour drawing marathons to fashion shows.  Internships, teaching exposure, and study abroad programs provide extended opportunities for a personalized education that leads to personal, artistic, and professional growth.




Saturday, February 11th, 9 AM - 2 PM

Kresge Art Center, 600 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI

Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Michigan State University


Students intending to major in Apparel and Textiles, Graphic Design, or Studio Art BFA programs at Michigan State University for Fall 2017 are invited to sign up for a Portfolio Review with department faculty. Students attending review will be considered for both direct acceptance to their BFA Program (bypassing the sophomore year review) and for creative and merit-based SCHOLARSHIPS.

CLICK HERE for more information and to SIGN UP


History of Art New Publication Lecture Series
April 4, 2017 LEARN MORE

1963 / 2017 Measured in Moments on view at the MSU Union Art Gallery
March 31, 2017 LEARN MORE

2017 Undergraduate Exhibition
March 6, 2017 LEARN MORE

Art Museum

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is committed to exploring international contemporary culture and ideas through art. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the museum features a striking façade of pleated stainless steel and glass, signaling the museum and the university’s dynamic vision. 

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