Brent Barson graduated from Brigham Young University in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. He received an MFA in media design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Barson was first hired by BYU in 2004 as a Visiting Assistant Professor for fall semester. In 2007 he was hired as a permanent professor, and is currently a member of the Category:Design Faculty.
In 2004, Barson created the opening and closing title/motion graphic sequence for the Typophile Film Festival at Typecon 2004 in San Fransisco. He also created digital illustrations and programmed Flash interactive illustrations for Curesearch.org, a resource for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
In 2008, Barson and fellow professors Eric Gillett and Linda Sullivan oversaw fifteen student's creation of the Typophile Film Festival for Opening Credits design package. The work, which was commissioned through alumnus Jared Benson for his companies Punchcut and Typophile, has been awarded prestigious design awards. It received a Silver Cube at the Art Directors Club Awards, a Silver Pencil from the OneShow Awards, and was selected as a finalist in the Motion Graphics category at the 2008 Adobe Design Achievements Awards.
A few years later Barson created an iPad app for the Carl Block: The Master's Hand exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art, which was awarded the HOW Interactive Design Award in 2012.
In 2014, he received the Randall L. Morgan Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship at BYU's Annual University Conference. The same year, he was featured in Creative Quarterly as a winner in the Professional Graphic Design category. Also this year, he was involved in the Ultra Violet project funded by the Laycock Center. The project included many students and faculty of various departments at BYU, and produced several collaborative projects with the artist Ultra Violet (Isabelle Collin-Dufresne). The end of the project came with the showing of "Ultra Violet: The Studio Recreated, April 24-May 24," an exhibition which transported all the contents of her art studio inside Dillon Gallery in New York, including animations the artist had created with BYU students. Barson mentored students working to complete the series of animations with the artist.
The same year, he traveled with fellow students Jeffrey Wade, Ricardo Quintana and Shelbi Anderson and faculty Ed Carter and Jeff Sheets to Chile, where the group spent two weeks gathering information about the reform of higher education in the country in collaboration with students at Universidad Mayor. This project was also funded by BYU's Laycock Center.