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Our challenging undergraduate and graduate programs span Studio Art, Digital Arts and Design, and Art Education. We also offer online courses tailored to diverse learners. SoVA’s internationally recognized, award-winning faculty are dedicated to learning, research, and educational imagination. Visual thinkers, creators, shapers, and educators – you belong here.

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Undergraduate
Degrees + Certificates

SoVA student painting in studio.

B.A. in Art

The B.A. in Art offers visual artists the opportunity to find their artistic voices in an environment that fosters individuality and prepares graduates for an impactful career in the arts.
SoVA student exhibition Pushing it to the limit.

B.F.A. in Art

The BFA prepares visual thinkers who work with hands, heart, and head to be leaders in the contemporary art world.
SoVA Saturday Art School exhibition for young artists.

B.S. in Art Education

The B.S. in Art Education degree program produces highly skilled art educators who inspire future generations to embrace art and its power to effect social change.
Virtual Reality immersive experience seminar.

B.Des. in Digital Arts and Media Design

The B.Des. in Digital Arts and Media Design is on the cutting edge of a rapidly growing discipline that prepares students to develop digital technology in art, gaming, simulations, web-based design, and much more.
First year M.F.A. student exhibition with an interactive floor projection and teal balloons.

B.Des. in Digital Multimedia Design

The wholly online B.Des. in Digital Multimedia Design program prepares students to impact the ever-changing visual art, information science and technology, and communications digital media landscape.
SoVA student photoshoot capturing a close up shot.

B.Des. in Professional Photography

The B.Des. in Professional Photography prepares students to realize the power of photography while training them to professionally capture the beauty and complexity of the world.
Graphic design students collaborating ideas in studio.

Digital Arts Certificate

Blend classroom and online learning in this 15-credit certificate program that will help you develop artistic knowledge and technical skills that can be applied across industries and professions.

Graduate
Degrees

M.F.A. exhibition showing close up of a sculpture.

M.F.A. in Art

The Penn State M.F.A. in Art offers concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic design, new media, photography, printmaking, and sculpture – all to elevate your art and impact.
BPS showcasing Art Education research exhibition on transdisciplinary creativity.

M.S. in Art Education (+Dual M.S.)

The M.S. in Art Education and Dual M.S. in Art Education + Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State explore the making of art and curriculum as the making of ideas that matter.
Art Education student research exhibition.

Ph.D. in Art Education (+Dual Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Art Education – plus the Art Ed + African American and Diaspora Studies and Art Ed + Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies dual-title degrees – position you to make a lasting impact on the art education profession.

Alumni Spotlight

Penn State gave me the opportunity to explore the many career paths available in the film industry.
Caleb Yoder, Penn State alumnus and DreamWorks animatic editor.

Alumni Spotlight

Caleb Yoder

B.Des. in Digital Arts and Media Design 2016

A student internship with DreamWorks Animation led Caleb Yoder to a full-time videographer position with the company following his graduation. Caleb spent eight months as a videographer before moving to the DreamWorks TV division, where he worked as a production assistant and production coordinator on Harvey Street Kids. As a Schreyer Scholar, Caleb graduated with highest distinction, serving as college marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture. Caleb now is assistant animatic editor at DreamWorks.

Silhouette of Caleb Yoder shooting video for DreamWorks.
DreamWorks animatic editor Caleb Yoder pictured with characters from Harvey Street Kids

Facilities

Galleries, Museums and Workshops
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A wealth of student artwork featured in the Zoller Gallery
A wealth of student artwork featured in the Zoller Gallery

Zoller Gallery

Located on the entrance level of the Visuals Arts Building, the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery is a 2,200 square foot exhibition space. Founded in


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A wealth of student artwork featured in the Zoller Gallery

DArt Design Studio

The DArt Design Studio computer and peripheral labs are available 24 hours a day to the entire DArt community, and are primarily for student


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A wealth of student artwork featured in the Zoller Gallery

HumpDay Gallery

The HumpDay Gallery is a student-run organization which provides its undergraduate members with hand-on experiences in curating, installing, and hosting gallery shows. HumpDay prides


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A wealth of student artwork featured in the Zoller Gallery

SoVA Ceramics Studio

Adjacent to the Visual Arts Building, the ceramics studio provides instructional and work space for ceramics students and houses the kilns that finish the


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A wealth of student artwork featured in the Zoller Gallery

SoVA Wood & Metal Shop

The Visual Arts Building Wood and Metal Shop is an exceptionally well-equipped and maintained facility located on the 1st floor of the Visual Arts


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Faculty Spotlight

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"Light," a Ben Radatz/Brian Alfred collaboration.

Brian Alfred

Associate Professor of Art

Brian Alfred received a B.F.A. from Penn State in 1997, studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1999. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in locations ranging from New York City to Tokyo to London, as well as group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He is the host of the podcast “Sound and Vision,” featuring conversations with contemporary artists, which recently celebrated its 200th episode. His work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Denver Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Brian Alfred faculty spotlight portrait
Sep 26

Junior Voice Recital: Bernadette Bratina

UP: Music Academic Calendar
Watch Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnierEVRDNM

Events

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Together, Alone

UP: Music I 130 Recital Hall
Sep 28

Available Online: Together, Alone Series Website Featuring James Lyon, violin. The idea for the Together, Alone Faculty Concert Series arose from a discussion regarding the


NOMAS Faculty & Student Stuckeman Meet + Greet

Screen capture Zoom meeting grid
Sep 29

We’re excited to invite you to join us on September 29 at 6:30 PM for the second in our series of welcome events for incoming


Stuckeman Lecture Series: Molly Oberholtzer

Black and white headshot of Molly Oberholtzer and one of her designs.
Oct 2

Molly Oberholtzer is a service designer at denkwerk, a digital full-service agency in Cologne, Germany. Her experience includes design research and using design methods to


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News from A&A

Shepherd opens solo exhibit in New York

Rudy Shepherd's "Calling all Gods" exhibit open through Oct. 16

Shepherd opens solo exhibit in New York “Calling all Gods,” a solo exhibition by Rudy Shepherd, Penn State School of Visual Arts associate professor, is open to the public at


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SoVA announces virtual Anderson Endowment Lecture Series for fall 2020

The Penn State School of Visual Arts announces its fall 2020 lineup for the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, which will be presented via Zoom.
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Art education doctoral candidate published in two issues of 'Art Education'

Luke Meeken, a doctoral candidate in art education in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State, has published two articles in 'Art Education,' the journal of the NAEA.
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