Linda Sullivan, Chair
E-509 HFAC, (801) 422-2064
College of Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center
D-444 HFAC, (801) 422-3777
Admission to Degree Program
Admission to the freshman level in the Department of Visual Arts is obtained by departmental application, which includes a drawing exercise and a portfolio review. This process is due in February prior to starting in the fall. (This does not apply to the art history major, which is open enrollment.) Please see General Information below for more details, or contact the college advisement center (1-801-422-3777).
The Department of Visual Arts serves five main purposes: (1) to prepare competent professionals in various fields of the plastic and graphic arts; (2) to prepare qualified designers to solve problems inherent in two- and three-dimensional applications; (3) to train historians who can critically appraise works of art; (4) to prepare art educators for teaching the visual arts at the elementary and secondary levels; and (5) to generally develop individuals' aesthetic sense by helping them experience art.
The art education degree certifies the student as an art specialist in public or private institutions, grades K–12. Other opportunities for the certified art specialist are in foreign school systems, recreation programs, art museum education programs, and galleries. Students qualify for positions in artist-in-the-schools programs and arts councils and as art consultants/coordinators. The degree also provides a foundation for graduate study leading to advanced degrees.
Most opportunities for careers related to art history exist in teaching at the junior college and university levels. The art history major traditionally prepares students for related graduate study, but it also provides excellent training for many art- and humanities-related careers and provides a solid foundation for entering several professional graduate programs.
The art history major is valuable for those going into any aspect of museum work, including art conservation/restoration, curatorial work, museum research, and museum youth education programs. It is also a useful and often key undergraduate major for careers in art law, architecture, historical restoration, art galleries, auction houses, and art resource/research library studies. Local, state, and federal agencies offer career possibilities related to arts and humanities councils. Combined with one of several other majors, an art history minor helps prepare the student for any number of careers.
Studio art majors are prepared to compete as freelance, self-employed artists, working through galleries, exhibitions, and museums to promote and sell their work. The MFA degree also prepares artists to teach on a college or a university level. Other career opportunities include printmaking, illustration, production crafts, teaching, gallery and museum work, computer art applications, and other related careers.
Design majors are fully prepared for careers in each of the respective disciplines—
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
Undergraduate Programs and Degrees
Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.
Graduate Programs and Degrees
For more information see the BYU 2008–2009 Graduate Catalog.
Application Procedures for Freshmen
New students are accepted only once a year and may have their applications considered only twice. Enrollment is limited and based on several qualifications:
Appropriate forms are contained in an application packet available from the department office (E-509 HFAC) at the beginning of winter semester. Deadlines vary for specific programs, so please contact the department (422-8773 or 422-4266) for dates.
Note: Art history majors complete item 1 only.
Application packets must be returned before February 15.
Note: Individuals receiving notice of acceptance are expected to enroll for the foundation 100-level courses the first year they are accepted to the program; otherwise, they will automatically be dropped and will need to reapply. Anyone wishing for an exception to this policy will need the written approval of the department chair.
Sophomore-Through-Senior BFA Degree Program Enrollment
Permission to enroll for sophomore-through-senior-level BFA degree program courses is granted to students upon satisfactory development of skills and creative abilities demonstrated in a portfolio of drawings and designs completed during the preceding year. Faculty from each major will assess portfolios of work submitted by students wishing to advance in their respective fields of study. Students invited to continue are permitted to enroll in specified courses at the next academic level.
Note: Student portfolios will be reviewed once a year; the deadline is February 15.
Transfer students in art disciplines must meet with the appropriate area coordinator. Transfer students in design disciplines are required to participate in a portfolio review; the deadline is February 15. Contact the area coordinator.
Note: Students not accepted into BFA degree programs may elect to enroll in one of the bachelor of arts programs in visual arts. Students may apply to the BFA program no more than twice.
Degree Program Coordinators/Advisors
Coordinators are appointed to counsel students in each of the eight majors/emphases. Coordinators will advise students about program objectives, course content and sequence, career goals, and other matters pertaining to their major field of study.
Department Probationary Status
Students can be placed on probationary status for the following:
Basic Degree Requirements