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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.
Overhead view of a group of children surrounding a bright blue tub filled with liquid; one student has arms outstretched, holding a copper bowl of what appears to be intense blue dye.

B.S. in Art Education

The B.S. in Art Education degree program prepares knowledgeable, skilled, and creative leaders to teach social and environmental justice in educational contexts such as schools, community settings, and cultural institutions.
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, 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

While I’m still dreaming bigger and bigger, I always think about the incredible foundation that my Penn State education has provided for me.
Penn State alumnus Devan Shimoyama

Alumni Spotlight

Devan Shimoyama

B.F.A. in Art 2011

Devan’s award-winning art uses painting, sculpture, and photography to challenge gender stereotypes and confront racial and cultural injustice with a vibrant, modern edge. He has exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum and in numerous major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Paris.

Colorful illustration by Devan Shimoyama
Colorful illustration by Devan Shimoyama

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 School of Visual Arts ceramics studio provides instructional and work space for ceramics students and houses the


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A wealth of student artwork featured in the Zoller Gallery

SoVA Wood & Metal Shop

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


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Faculty Spotlight

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Cristin Millett: The 21st Century Sculptor

Cristin Millett

Professor of Art

Straddling traditional disciplinary boundaries, SoVA Professor Cristin Millett’s investigations of medicine and its history are integral to her artistic process. Her toolkit of sculptural processes incorporates new advances in digital technology along with established methods of sculpture, such as stone carving and bronze casting. The resulting objects and installations prompt a contemporary cultural critique of societal issues surrounding reproduction and gender identity. Millett was awarded a Fulbright to the University of Western Australia in 2020.

Cristin Millet working on marble sculpture in Italy
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Oct 24

DMA Chamber Recital: Bryan Jones, piano

Music I 130 Recital Hall

Events

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TUBAween

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Oct 27


Art After Hours: 3rd Annual Halloween Spectacular

Palmer Museum of Art
Promotional poster for the Students of Color Welcome Event.
Oct 28

It’s baa-aack! The Palmer’s popular mash-up between art and all things creepy, eerie, and otherworldly continues into its third year. Help cement the tradition and


Guest Artist Masterclass: Dr. Robyn Costa, Alexander Technique

Music I 121 Esber Rehearsal Hall
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Oct 28 - Nov 18

Members of the Penn State Horn Society and public attendees will have the opportunity to attend a masterclass with the Penn State School of Music Alexander Technique


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News from A&A

College of Arts and Architecture to honor Alumni Award recipients on Nov. 5

The College of Arts and Architecture will honor its 2021 Alumni Award winners in an in-person ceremony, open to the public, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Music Recital Hall.

The College of Arts and Architecture will honor its 2021 Alumni Award recipients in an in-person ceremony, open to the public, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, in the


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Professor emeritus Van Dommelen's artworks to benefit Mid-State Literacy Council

The estate of David Van Dommelen, who retired in 1987 as professor emeritus of art education, has donated a collection of his artworks to benefit the Mid-State Literary Council.
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SOVA to kick off Anderson Lecture Series on Sept. 13

The Fall 2021 Anderson Lecture Series begins on Monday, Sept. 13 in an online format with registration required.
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