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The First-Year Writing Conference

Held near the end of each term, this writing celebration provides the opportunity for FYW students to share the work they have created over the past term in a setting outside their own classroom. Most of the presented work comes from the students’ multi-modal projects (videos, posters, infomercials, game boards, etc.), though parts of student papers may be read there too. Conference presenters, all FYW students, also talk about how they made their projects, and answer audience questions. The conferences are attended by other FYW students and instructors, and in spring, by other invited guests– MSU faculty and administrators from other departments, and local high school students and their teachers, who come to learn more about writing and college life. This year’s fall conference will be on Friday, Dec. 4th, and the spring conference will be on Friday, April 21st. If you are interested in participating in this learning opportunity, please talk with your WRA instructor.

The Anderson Award

The David D. Anderson Award for the Best Essay in First-Year Writing at MSU was established in honor of David D. Anderson’s lifelong commitment to education and excellence as a scholar and a teacher. The award gives a first-place designation to two student essays per year (one from each semester), and several Honorable mentions. As specific in the gift, student essays are nominated by “professors based on excellence in writing a paper as part of the normal course assignments, so if you are interested, please talk with your professor about this opportunity, and the winners are chosen by a committee of FYW instructors. Each first-place winner receives a $200 scholarship, and is honored at the annual College of Arts and Letters spring convocation. The deadline for submission of a paper is always the third Friday of the following term.

Degree Areas

APPAREL & TEXTILE DESIGN

BA, BFA

The Apparel and Textile Design Program focuses on creative design that reflects an innovative and holistic approach to the analysis and integration of knowledge.

ART EDUCATION

BFA

In Art Education, students prepare to become visual–arts teachers by engaging in studio production and studying aesthetics, theory, and Art History.

ART HISTORY & VISUAL CULTURE

BA, MINOR

In Art History and Visual Culture, students study the history of contemporary and traditional art forms across a range of cultures.

Graphic Design 

BFA, MINOR

In Graphic Design students study the art of communication, learning design thinking as a means to identify problems, and create possible solutions.

STUDio ART 

BA, BFA

In Studio Art students explore and create using the language of two– and three–dimensional form, space, and time in various media and technologies. 

MASTER OF FINE ART 

MFA

The Master of Fine Art degree program is a three-year program that culminates in a thesis exhibition in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.