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.
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.
List of Chairs of the Department of Art with their years of service:
- Elbert Hindley Eastmond (1906-1936)
- Bent Franklin Larsen (1937-1954)
- Conan E. Mathews (1954-1960)
- J. Roman Andrus (1960-1961)
- Richard L. Gunn (1962-1965)
- Glen H. Turner (1966-1969)
- Floyd Emil Breinholt (1970-1971)
In 1972, most of the programs of the former Department of Environmental Design were transferred to the Department of Art and its name was changed to the Department of Art and Design. Chairs were:
In 1981 the department was divided between art and design. Marshall remained the chair of the Department of Art, and Stout the chair of the Department of Design.
Department History and Evolution of Department Programs
- The Universe - Honor Code and the visual arts (23 Oct 2012)
- The Deseret News - Local draw: Pixar increasingly tapping into BYU talent (24 June 2011)
- The Department of Visual Arts, Department Website.
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