Dean: Stephen M. Jones, Professor, Music
Associate Dean: Edward E. Adams, Professor, Communications
Associate Dean: Rory R. Scanlon, Professor, Theatre and Media Arts
Assistant Dean: Scott M. Boyter
The following departments and school are in the College of Fine Arts and Communications:
Music dance theatre is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the College of Fine Arts and Communications through the cooperative involvement of its School of Music and Department of Theatre and Media Arts and the College of Health and Human Performance's Department of Dance.
Animation is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the College of Fine Arts and Communications through the cooperative involvement of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, the Department of Visual Arts, and the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering's School of Technology.
The College of Fine Arts and Communications teaches students to think, to feel, to perform, and to communicate. Its purpose is to give students the knowledge and skills requisite to a higher education in fine arts and communications. It opens the doors to the world of truth and beauty for exploration by majors and nonmajors alike. Its programs require discipline, critical analysis, research, empathy, and integrity as the means to acquire knowledge and competency in various areas of study encompassed by the college.
The college's classroom instruction is augmented by off-campus internship programs and on-campus laboratory experiences. Journalism students who edit the Daily Universe, a student laboratory newspaper, regularly win national awards. Advertising students work on professional campaigns through BYU's Advanced Ad Lab facilities, winning clients from across the nation. Music and theatre performance students participate annually in national competitions, receiving top honors. Film and animation students are well represented in their organizational competitions and hold recognized international awards. Additionally, student and faculty touring groups instruct and entertain Church members and friends around the globe, while BYU Broadcasting offers a worldwide campus connection on both the television and radio stream in multilanguage programming. Back on campus, the Museum of Art and the Division of Design and Production maintain excellence in public art presentation under the direction of the college.
Members of the faculty are competent, dedicated men and women who are concerned about the success of their students. The college also brings to campus distinguished professionals for special lectures and artistic performances. Housed in the Harris Fine Arts Center and the Brimhall Building, the college includes five theatres; two concert halls; three art galleries; design, journalism, advertising, broadcast, film, and music laboratories; and many music practice and rehearsal rooms.
Enrollment in a Major Program
Because enrollment in most degree programs in the College of Fine Arts and Communications is limited by the availability of resources such as facilities, equipment, and faculty, students are required to follow a specific application process designed to assess individual ability, preparation, and potential. This process also helps each student evaluate the level of accomplishment they might expect to experience in the major and, after graduation, in the profession itself.
Students are encouraged to carefully study the requirements of the major program they desire to enter. This will help each determine if the program really fits their personal goals and educational objectives. Through a careful review of the catalog, other possible majors can also be considered to make certain one is aware of all the options that might fit their primary and secondary areas of interest. Students may also find additional information on career and educational options by visiting the Counseling and Career Center (1500 WSC).
Applications for degree programs in the college are available from the college advisement center. Students preparing to apply for entrance into a major program must make certain that they complete all of the prerequisite courses and/or specific requirements stipulated in the application process. If they need further assistance, the reception desk in the college advisement center (D-444 HFAC) can provide information.
The application process for each major has been structured to be as fair and impartial as possible, and those who evaluate applications endeavor to admit as many into each program as possible. But enrollment limitations sometimes exclude those who would succeed in the program if they could only be admitted. Those who are not successful in the application process are encouraged to move quickly and decisively toward an alternative major program.
Students admitted to a major program in the College of Fine Arts and Communications are assigned to one of the academic advisors in the college advisement center. The advisors help each student structure a plan for timely graduation and assist with problems and issues that may arise along the way. As students become familiar with the faculty in their area of study, they are able to identify those who are best prepared to assist them in learning more about opportunities following graduation.
College Advisement Center
Brenda Butterfield, Supervisor
Telephone: (801) 422-3777
Students can receive help in the following ways:
Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships, performance awards, and grants-in-aid are available to qualified students.
Applications for academic scholarships can be obtained at the Scholarship Office (A-41 ASB, (801) 422-4104). Performance awards are offered by each of the academic units within the college. Applications and information about auditions for performance awards can be obtained by contacting the appropriate department or school.
For information about graduate scholarships, fellowships, and grants-in-aid, see the current BYU Graduate Catalog.