Graduate students will be given private or semi-private studios and 24-hour access to many facilities located in the Kresge Art Center.

Research facilities such as the Visual Resource Library’s (VRL) collection of over 160,000 images and a developing digitized collection available online, provide support for graduate artistic research and development of classroom resources.  Additional research facilities include the Michigan State University Fine Arts Library located within the MSU Main Library, the MSU Museum, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.


The Department of Art, Art History, and Design operates four galleries: 

Kresge Art Center Galleries 101 & 114
Union Gallery
(SCENE) Metrospace

In addition to AAHD’s galleries, MSU is home to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum


The Department of Art, Art History, and Design houses a fully-equipped woodshop on the ground floor of the Kresge Art Center. Students currently enrolled in AAHD classes, as well as AAHD Faculty, Graduate Students, and Staff. 


The AAHD Ceramic Studio is located inside the Kresge Art Center. During the academic year all students enrolled in ceramics courses have 24 hour access to the space. The studio supports ample space for hand building, wheel throwing, and slip-casting. Inside the studio you will find 17 kilns: 4 indoor gas kilns including 1 soda kiln, 11 electric kilns, a wood kiln just outside the building, and a place for raku firing. The space is also home to a large glaze lab with a spray booth, and a clay mixing room. The graduate studios are adjacent to the main ceramics studios and have private access. All studios have network connections with wifi. 

Form From Thought Lab

The Form From Thought Laboratory (FFT Lab) is an extension of the emerging area of Electronic Art and Intermedia in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. The FFT Lab is dedicated to providing tools and resources to help bridge the disciplines in a collaborative research and studio environment. It  is a brand new, state-of-the-art electronic fabrication, prototyping, and sculpture facility designed for research and fostering interdisciplinarity.

The physical lab space includes an Epilog Laser cutter, 3D laser scanner, a 48″x96” 3-axis Alpha Shopbot router and an Electronics Lab as well as a gathering space for faculty and students.

Metal Shop and Foundry

The sculpture program is situated in a two-story facility just outside the Kresge Art Center. The annex includes private undergraduate/graduate studios, general work area, metals shop, walk-in plastics and paint spray room, critique and installation gallery, modeling and plaster room, and ceramic shell room and wax room. Enabling students to explore a wide range of processes, the facility is equipped with a state of the art ventilation system. Technical support is available on a regular basis.

The main Kresge Art Center building also includes a well-equipped foundry with a programmable burnout kiln, one-ton bridge crane, and a large courtyard and outdoor work area are adjacent to the facilities.

Photography and Lighting Studio

The photography area works across three different facilities in Kresge Art Center: a traditional darkroom with print finishing/critique area, a digital photo lab, and a professionally equipped lighting studio. Advanced digital cameras and lenses are available for check-out from the Visual Resource Library for students currently enrolled in AAHD courses.

Computer Labs

Two computer labs are available to students enrolled in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design courses. These labs are equipped with design, photo, and motion graphics software, as well as scanners (both reflective and transparency), and laser printers. If you are enrolled in a course within the Department of Art, Art History, and Design , and would like to request key card access to these labs, please complete the Computer Lab Access Request Form.

Printing Lab

Large format archival color printing is available in room 31 during monitored printing hours to students enrolled in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design courses.


Printmaking has two large studios on the second floor of the Kresge Art Center dedicated to a diverse range of techniques surrounding the traditional and contemporary techniques used in the study of printmaking. Students have access to two etching presses and four lithography presses. The etching presses also accommodate relief and collograph printing.