Areas of Study

  • Visiting Artist Willie Cole

    Visiting Artist Willie Cole

At the Gwen Frostic School of Art, you will experience professional-level facilities that offer inventive spaces for the study, creation and exhibition of art. Students choose the Frostic School of Art because it has the qualities of a private art school in a major research university environment. Students’ education is supported with a multitude of opportunities from other disciplines, including collaboration with the three other units that together form the College of Fine Arts: the Department of Dance, the School of Music, and the Department of Theatre. The School of Art encourages students to pursue their curiosity, become critical thinkers, and develop creative problem solving skills.

Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic School of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

A Bachelor of Fine Arts—B.F.A.—degree provides a more focused curriculum for students with a desire to establish a career as a professional artist. Any student interested in pursuing a B.F.A. degree must first apply and be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts—B.A.—program. After successful completion of foundation art courses, B.A. students have the option to apply to one of the following B.F.A. programs:

Bachelor of Fine Arts—B.F.A.—with an emphasis in: