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 * * JAPAN - Spring 2018 * *



 * * DAY TRIP * * 
Detroit Institute of the Arts and
the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Saturday October 7th
(more info)



Sarah Sopcak

Hometown:  Saginaw, Michigan

Major:  Graphic Design, B.A.

Graduation:  May 2017

Current Occupation:  Graphic Designer at Regional Medical Imaging in Flint, Michigan.

Greatest assets of the SVSU Art Department:  My advice for any incoming Graphic Design or Art majors at Saginaw Valley is TAKE THE PORTFOLIO CLASS!  Also, go see Professor Kihata ASAP (he’s the head of the art department), he will help you schedule classes and make sure you graduate on time.  My final advice is this - don’t let anyone tell you art is useless or that you will just be a “starving artist”. Those people are blind to the fact that they use art and design every day all day! Follow your passions and Saginaw Valley State University will help you turn them into a career. 

Darby Oswald

Darby Oswald

Hometown:  Bay City, Michigan

Major: Graphic Design, B.A.

Graduation:  May 2017

Current Occupation:  Creative Lead heading the marketing team at CU*Answers/Xtend Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Greatest assets of the SVSU Art Department:  In my experience taking mainly design classes, I felt like the staff was expertly knowledgeable and prepared students for real clients and business more so than other universities. For instance, the portfolio reviews that we attend prove our work is some of the best moving forward, and the real clients we get to work with inside classes give us professional opportunities before we even graduate. I would recommend the SVSU art department because it's very personal and hands-on for individual students; professors get to know you on a personal level so it's much easier to give and receive feedback based on the type of unique designer each person is.

Julie Maurer

Hometown: Harbor Beach 

Major: Graphic Design

Graduation: May 2017

 Julie D. Maurer photo, May 2017 graduate

Current Occupation: Graphic Artist at Grasel Graphics in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Greatest assets of the SVSU Art Department: The professors are great! They get to know you personally and want to see you succeed.  Whether it is helping find a job, critiquing your work to make you a better designer, or just giving continuous encouragement to help get through the semester, the professors are on your side.  Most of my art professors know me by name and have aided in my success at SVSU and after graduation.

Department of Art

It is the goal of the Department of Art to develop a student's artistic knowledge and skills to a professional level, which provides leadership for our society as well as to prepare them for graduate school and future employment in an art related field.  The Department also places it general goal to be recognized as a leader in art and art education and as the important cultural resource for the region and the state.

Program of Study

The visual arts curriculum at SVSU includes art history and studio courses in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.  The Department of Art is part of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences.

Students may earn a B.A. in Art, Graphic Design, or Visual Arts Education, and also a B.F.A. degree.

Because most classes do not exceed 25 students at SVSU, you'll work closely with art professors who are accomplished artists in their own right. Their paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures have been exhibited at numerous regional and national shows.

You also will be exposed to the creativity of other outstanding contemporary artists whose works are exhibited in the Art Department Gallery, located on the first floor of the Arbury Fine Arts Center.