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In January of 2015, The Department of Visual Arts split into the Departments of Art and Design.


The Department of Visual Arts

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 BYU Visual Arts program is ranked third in the nation and 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 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. This includes upholding the Honor Code in classes such as Figure Drawing. 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, freshman, 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.
VA Faculty 2012(starting from bottom left on the stairs): Chris Thornock, Sharon Gray, Tara Carpenter, David Amott, Kate Lemay, Fidalis Buehler, Ryan  Woodward, Dan Barney, Paul Adams, Sonya Shiffman, Sunny Taylor, Bryan Draper, Jason Lanegan, Val Brinkerhoff, James Swenson, David Dean, Mark Johnson, Brian Christensen, Thaylene Rogers, Bethanne Andersen, Sharon Heelis, Jerry Garns, Peter Everett,  Martha Peacock, Heather Jensen, Gary Barton, Joe Ostraff, Mark Graham, Adrian Pulfer, Linda Reynolds, Andrea Kristensen, Daniel Everett, Cynthia Hogan, Brent Barson, Justin Kunz, and Robert Barrett.

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.

The Department of Visual Arts hosts youth camps each summer for students in middle and high school to come to BYU and improve their skills. To learn more about the various summer camps, or to apply, click here.

Department Chairs

Department of Art and Design

In 1979, the Department of Art and Design was split into two separate departments. Robert Marshall remained the chair of the Art Department, and M. Clane Graves was appointed as the chair of the Department of Design.

Department of Art (1979-1995)

Department of Design (1979-1995)

In 1995, the Departments of Art and Design were combined into the Visual Arts Department. Michael D. Day and Robert Barrett continued their positions and co-chaired the department for the year of 1996.

Visual Arts Department (1996-2015)

In 2015, the Visual Arts Department was again split into the Departments of Art and Design.

Department of Art (2015-Present)

Department of Design (2015-Present)


The department of Visual Arts is home to several student clubs, as well as local chapters of national organizations. To join a campus club of learn more, click here. Clubs in the Visual Arts department include:

  • AIGA BYU Student group
  • Art History Association
  • BYU Illustrator's Association

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