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Create, innovate, communicate

As a visual artist, you create, innovate, and communicate. You share beauty, you share experiences, you share thoughts and feelings that help people to connect. In the College of Arts and Architecture, we’ll help you hone your skills, nurture your creativity, and prepare you for the next step.


Undergraduate
Degrees

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.
Student participating in the Borland Project Space

B.A. in Art History

The B.A. in Art History offers an opportunity for students to explore and examine art while developing a deep understanding of how and why it brings the world closer.
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.
Students gathered around a table with sketches and a laptop open as the instructor points at concepts on the pages

B.Des. in Graphic Design

The B.Des. in Graphic Design empowers students to become innovators that meet the growing demand for branding, storytelling, visualizing information, user experience, and user interface designs.
ADRI Jenny Kenyon

B.A. in Integrative Arts

The B.A. in Integrative Arts offers the unique opportunity for students to work successfully as innovative and dynamic artists, designers, and performers in an increasingly interdisciplinary world.
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.

Undergraduate
Minors + Certificates

Brightly-colored textured floor objects and wall art displayed as part of an exhibit in Patterson Gallery located on Penn State University Park campus.

Art Minor

The Art minor will help you develop the skills and knowledge to understand and integrate a range of art and design methods and content into your broader academic interests.
A 20th century decorated wooden box called a Tukula container produced by Kuba carvers from the Democratic Rebublic of the Congo.

Art History Minor

Explore art from ancient to contemporary times, in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. This minor relates visual images to the big questions of humanity.
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.
A student presents her 3d model figurine concept to a panel of judges during the Arts Business Ideas Competition. Mimicking the look of her 3d model, she wears a pink ponytail wig and vibrant outfit.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor

Become a leader in the arts or design. Engage in a start-up venture. Leverage your art or craft. Create alliances. Meet social or business needs. Craft ideas and make art work.
Undergraduate graphic design student work exhibition: showcasing a wall divider with big bold text, digital designs on flat-screen TVs, and poster design pinned up on a divider board.

Graphic Design Minor

The Graphic Design minor is intended for students interested in augmenting their academic major with the physical, technological, aesthetic, and conceptual skills associated with a design discipline.
Hundreds of red lanterns overhead in the Doseonsa temple in Seoul, South Korea.

International Arts Minor

Expand your perspective. Become a well-traveled citizen of the world. A minor in International Arts will provide a deeper understanding of how art and design permeate cultures around the world.
A public collection of late artwork displayed at the Palmer Museum of Art. A student explains the meaning of the piece to visitors.

Museum Studies Certificate

Learn the fundamentals of museum studies. Explore the history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting and conservation. Engage in a technical investigation of art.
A student photographing colorful artwork on display in Zoller Gallery.

Photography Minor

Acquire technical and conceptual photographic capabilities for documenting, expressing, and sharing information, ideas, views, and cultural perspectives. Learn to communicate in a visual language.

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.
Art History graduate investigating an artifact from the African Brilliance exhibition.

M.A. in Art History

The M.A. degree in Art History transforms a passion for the arts and cultural history into a career path. Through the completion of a master’s paper or thesis, foreign language...
Palmer Museum painting analysis by Maggie Davis.

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

Advanced study of visual arts spanning periods, cultures, and geographies. The Art History Ph.D. program – with Asian Studies or Visual Studies dual-title options – can deepen your expertise and advance your Art History career.

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

Galleries, Studios & Workshops

Sketch. Stitch. Saw. Fabricate. Create. Display. We have spaces for it all.
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A close up of a SoVA student using a hand-held cutting saw to cut and smooth a piece of metal tube in the SoVA Wood & Metal Shop.
A close up of a SoVA student using a hand-held cutting saw to cut and smooth a piece of metal tube in the SoVA Wood & Metal Shop.

Patterson Gallery

Located in the second floor lobby of the Patterson Building, the Patterson Gallery showcases undergraduate student research and creative work, mainly spotlighting senior thesis


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A close up of a SoVA student using a hand-held cutting saw to cut and smooth a piece of metal tube in the SoVA Wood & Metal Shop.

SoVA Makerspace

SoVA’s Makerspace is a hub of creation and fabrication, and contains 3D scanning and printing equipment, robust computer workstations, as well as a CNC


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A close up of a SoVA student using a hand-held cutting saw to cut and smooth a piece of metal tube in the SoVA Wood & Metal Shop.

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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A close up of a SoVA student using a hand-held cutting saw to cut and smooth a piece of metal tube in the SoVA Wood & Metal Shop.

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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See what we mean?

From photography and printmaking to sculpture, drawing, painting and other studio arts to digital and dimensional, the range of visual arts at Penn State is stunning!

Faculty Spotlight

Fragile religious mural painted by Christianized Maya artists in Yucatán, Mexico
Fragile religious mural painted by Christianized Maya artists in Yucatán, Mexico

Amara Solari

Associate Professor of Art History

Amara Solari teaches courses in Latin American art from the pre-Columbian through the colonial period. Her research focuses on processes of cultural, visual, and theological interchange between indigenous groups and Spanish settlers of New Spain. She recently received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her research project, “Maya Christian Murals of Yucatán: Indigenous Catholicism in Early Modern New Spain,” which focuses on fragile religious murals painted by Christianized Maya artists in Yucatán, Mexico, between 1550 and 1750.

Amara Solari
Four musicians are seated on a stage while they play their instruments.
Oct 22

"Front Row: National"

Virtual event
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’sFront Row: NationalSummer Evenings III Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22. It will be available for streaming

Events

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"Front Row: National"

Virtual event
Four musicians are seated on a stage while they play their instruments.
Oct 23 - 26

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’sFront Row: NationalSummer Evenings III Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22. It will be available for streaming


Stuckeman Lecture Series: Mark Jarzombek

Zoom
Black and white headshot of Mark Jarzombek with an example of 1990s architecture at right.
Oct 28

Mark Jarzombek is a professor of the history and theory of architecture at MIT. He works on a wide range of topics, both historical and


Art After Hours: Halloween at Home: Museum House of Horrors

https://psu.zoom.us/j/92172330290
Art After Hours Halloween logo
Oct 29

Gather candy snacks, don an art-inspired costume, and zoom in for a howling good time. Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a ghoulishly-inspired INSIGHT: Museum


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News from A&A

College offers full slate of virtual events for fall 2020

We may not be able to safely gather in person right now, but the College of Arts and Architecture is offering a full slate of virtual events and opportunities this fall.

We may not be able to safely gather in person right now, but the College of Arts and Architecture is offering a full slate of virtual events and opportunities that


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Graphic design professor curates two exhibitions this fall

Emily Burns, assistant professor in the Stuckeman School’s Department of Graphic Design, recently curated two art exhibitions this semester.
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Graphic design’s Russell earns national honor for face mask initiative

Ryan Russell, associate professor of graphic design, was recognized by the University & College Designers Association for the “Mind Your Mask” initiative he launched in March.
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