Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

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The Kendall College of Art and Design, locally referred to as Kendall, is a college of visual arts and one of 8 academic colleges located within Ferris State University (FSU) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was founded in 1928 by Helen M. Kendall as a memorial to her deceased husband and as a reflection of their love and belief in the importance of the arts. With only 35 students, the college opened its doors in 1931. Today the college enrolls over 1,400 new students each year.

The college offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in various fields of study, but mostly in Fine Arts.


Kendall offers bachelor degree programs in Art History, Art Education, Digital Media, Collaborative Design, Fashion Design, General Fine Art Studies, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Metals/Jewelry Design, Medical Illustration, Painting, Sculpting, and Photography. Kendall offers a core curriculum to new students which includes introductory courses for their major as well as “foundation” courses in the arts. Entering students are also required to take courses in the Sciences, Humanities, and Art History. Upon completion of all core courses, students’ studies will focus on major courses and electives.

While Kendall focuses on undergraduate education, they also offer several respected master’s degree programs. Master’s degrees include a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), a Master of Art Education (MAE), and a Mater of Businesss Administration (MBA) which addresses business related design issues.

In addition to traditional college classes, Kendal also offers a dual enrollment (DE) program that enables high school students to take college courses while completing high school and non-credit design courses for both children and adults within the community.

General Information

Admission Office

17 Fountain Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002

(616) 451-2787

(800) 676-2787

Fax: (616) 831-9689

Contact: Sandra Britton

Director of Enrollment Management
Main Address

17 Fountain Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002

(616) 451-2787

Total undergrads: 1,303


Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Design/Visual Communications B
Digital art B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Multimedia B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B


Art Teacher Education B

Precision Production Trades

Furniture DesignManufacturing B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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