The atmosphere of Brigham Young University, shaped by its environment, history, and people, is kindred to the spirit of art. Surrounded by a spectacular view that includes the Wasatch Mountains on the east and Utah Lake on the west, the university fosters the pursuit of truth and beauty through the mind, body, and spirit, providing a strong general education as the foundation of understanding.
The school was founded in 1875 in Provo, Utah, by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and today has 29,000 full-time students, 99 percent of whom are members of the Church. All students agree to abide by an honor code based on standards of behavior established by the Church. BYU operates on a flexible calendar composed of two 16-week semesters and two eight-week terms.
The campus is located 45 miles south of Salt Lake City and is close to several canyons offering recreational retreats.
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 non-majors 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.
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.
The Department of Visual Arts offers undergraduate degrees in 10 areas of emphasis: Art Education, Art History and Curatorial Studies, Animation, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The Department of Visual Arts serves five main purposes:
The Department offers graduate degrees in 3 areas of emphasis: Art Education (MA), Art History and Curatorial Studies (MA), and Studio Art (MFA in Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, or Sculpture). All programs emphasize compliance with the Aims of the BYU education and promote the mission of Brigham Young University as well as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Department is housed in 3 buildings on campus: HFAC (Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking/Drawing), JKB (Art Education, Art History and Curatorial Studies, BFA and MFA Student Studios), and B66 (Ceramics and Sculpture).
Visual Arts is a closed enrollment program with the exception of Art History and Curatorial Studies. Students apply to the Visual Arts program with an online application and online portfolio download of their work twice a year, once in November for winter enrollment and one in March for spring/summer/fall enrollment. Approximately 350 to 400 students apply each year and following a review of the portfolios, the Department accepts approximately 250 students. The Department services approximately 1,100 majors. This number includes graduates, pre-program students, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
The Department provides courses which fulfill the General Education requirement of Arts and Letters and services approximately 2,500 students per year.
Of the 28 faculty, 8 are professors, 11 are associate professors, and 9 are assistant professors. The Department faculty are involved in research and projects connected with their fields of expertise. The faculty are actively exhibiting, working on commissions, writing, and researching. The faculty involve the students in many of their projects and have been involved in mentoring projects in Tonga, Ghana, Syria, South America, England and the United States. In addition, faculty and students participate in Study Abroad programs in China, Italy, France, England, and Tonga with programs proposed for Samoa and Egypt.