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Visual Art & Film Degree Requirements


The Department of Visual Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (art) as well as bachelor's degrees in art and art education. Students may also earn a skill-based certificate in art. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisor and academic advisor to plan an academic schedule. Programs offered in the Visual Arts Department include the following and are described below.

B.A. Art in Painting (48-60 hours)

 Visual Arts Core (9 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 122 Design Principles (3)
  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)

Art History and Theory (12 hours)

 Art History Courses must be taken in chronological order (e.g. ART 196 first) 

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 442 Readings in Aesthetics (3)

All students must pass the portfolio review to advance into a Visual Arts Track: Projects from ART 112, 122, 265 must be uploaded and submitted electronically through a blog: http://byuhvisualartsportfolio.blogspot.com/ to visualartsportfolio@byuh.edu. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Fall will apply before the last week of the same semester for Spring admittance. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Winter will apply before the last week of the same semester for Fall admittance. 

 Painting Track (Required) (27 hours)

  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART 221R Figure Drawing (3)
  • ART 225 Painting Concepts (3)
  • ART 325 Figure Painting (3)
  • ART 345 Digital Painting (3)
  • ART 425 Advanced Painting (3)

 Electives: Take two of the following (6 hours)

  • ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (3)
  • ART 156, 270, 280, 218, 312, 318, 328, 335, 365, 375, 390R, 399R, 444, 447, 465, 495R
  • FILM 102, 300, 365R

  *Non-BFA candidates only


 B.F.A. Fine Art in Painting (60 hours)

A Bachelor of Fine Arts major is a studio performance degree. At least one year prior to the projected graduation, a student may apply for admission into the BFA program. Admission is determined by the acceptance of a portfolio and the recommendation of the faculty. Upon approval, the student will be given BFA candidate status and will maintain that status on a semester-by-semester basis as determined by a portfolio review. Only grades of B- or above will be acceptable for graduation in the program. Participation in the internship, exhibition, as well as the student's performance, must reflect the highest level of professionalism. All BFA candidates must complete an additional 12 credits of thesis level coursework. Students in the Graphic Design track must complete an internship along with their thesis level coursework to be awarded a BFA. Students in the Painting BFA program have the option to complete an internship but are not required.

 Complete additional courses depending on track and option (12 hours):

  • ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ART 480 BFA Thesis Research (3)
  • ART 482 BFA Thesis Studio (Painting) (6)

B.A. Art in Graphic Design (54-66 hours)

 Visual Arts Core (9 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 122 Design Principles (3)
  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)

 Art History and Theory (6 hours)

  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • ART 442 Readings in Aesthetics (3)

Take Two of the Following (6 hours)

Art History Courses must be taken in chronological order (e.g. ART 196 first)

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)

 All students must pass the portfolio review to advance into a Visual Arts Track: Projects from ART 112, 122, 265 must be uploaded and submitted electronically through a blog: http://byuhvisualartsportfolio.blogspot.com/ to visualartsportfolio@byuh.edu. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Fall will apply before the last week of the same semester for Spring admittance. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Winter will apply before the last week of the same semester for Fall admittance. 

 Graphic Design Track (Required) (27 hours)

  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART 270 Typography (3)
  • ART 280 Branding (3)
  • IT 240 Fundamentals of Web Design & Technology (3)
  • ART 370 Web for Designers (3)
  • ART 380 Publication Design (3)
  • ART 444 Motion Graphics (3)
  • ART 445 Packaging Design (3)

Electives: Take two of the following (6 hours)

  • ART 399R Internship in Visual Art (1-3)
  • ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (3)
  • ART 221R, 225, 265, 218, 312, 318, 325, 328, 335, 345, 365, 375, 390R, 399R, 425, 447, 465, 495R
  • FILM 102, 300, 365R

 *Non-BFA candidates only


 B.F.A. Fine Art in Graphic Design (66 hours)

 A Bachelor of Fine Arts major is a studio performance degree. At least one year prior to the projected graduation, a student may apply for admission into the BFA program. Admission is determined by the acceptance of a portfolio and the recommendation of the faculty. Upon approval, the student will be given BFA candidate status and will maintain that status on a semester-by-semester basis as determined by a portfolio review. Only grades of B- or above will be acceptable for graduation in the program. Participation in the internship, exhibition, as well as the student's performance, must reflect the highest level of professionalism. All BFA candidates must complete an additional 12 credits of thesis level coursework. Students in the Graphic Design track must complete an internship along with their thesis level coursework to be awarded a BFA. Students in the Painting BFA program have the option to complete an internship but are not required.

Complete additional courses depending on track and option (12 hours):

  • ART 399R Internship in Visual Art (1-3)
  • ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ART 480 BFA Thesis Research (3)
  • ART 481 BFA Thesis Studio (Design) (3)

B.A. Art Education (74 hours)

See secondary Education >> Learn more.

Introduction to Art Minor (15 hours)

Required Courses (3 hours) *Art majors may not apply more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards this minor.

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective sections) - Select at least two classes from the following:

  • ART 122 Design Principles (3)
  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)
  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART 220 Experience in Visual Arts (3)
  • ART 225 Painting Concepts (3)
  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Film Minor (15 hours)

The Film Minor provides basic training in film as a media art form. It introduces the study of film's formal elements, history and practice. The Film Minor provides foundational training in film studies theory as well as practical training in video production. Career options include media production, advertising/marketing/campaigning, public relations, instructional material development, visual communications, and the film industry.
 
Learning Outcomes & Essential Skills:
  1. Acquire fundamental knowledge in film as an academic discipline.
  2. Apply close and critical reading skills in analyzing film texts.
  3. Obtain basic to intermediate level of skills in video production.

Core (3 hours):

  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Electives: Choose four (12 hours):

  • ART/FILM 218 Basic Video Production (3)
  • ART/FILM 318 Intermediate Video Production (3)
  • FILM 300 World Cinema (3)
  • FILM/HUM 365R Special Studies in World Cinema (3)
  • HUM/ART 442 Philosophy of Art (3)

 

Painting Minor (15 hours)

Visual Arts Core (3 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor. All students MUST PASS the Portfolio Review to advance into the minor media electives for the Painting Minor: Projects from Art 112, 212 must be uploaded and submitted electronically through a blog: http://byuhvisualartsportfolio.blogspot.com/ to visualartsportfolio@byuh.edu.

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective selections)

Studio Electives: Select at least two classes from the following:

  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)
  • ART 221R Figure Drawing (3)
  • ART 225 Painting Concepts (3)
  • ART 325 Figure Painting (3)
  • ART 345 Digital Painting (3)
  • ART 425 Advanced Painting (3)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Photography/Video Minor (15 hours)

Required Core (3 hours) *Art majors may not apply more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards this minor.

  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective sections)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) 

  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART/FILM 218 Basic Video Production (3)
  • ART 312 Intermediate Photography (3)
  • ART 318 Intermediate Video Production (3)
  • ART 328 (3) Creative Video Marketing (3)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) 

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

*Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the Department.


Sculpture Minor (15 hours)

Required Courses (3 hours) *Art majors may not apply more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards this minor.

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective sections)

Studio Elective: Select at least two classes from the following:

  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)
  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)
  • ART 365 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
  • ART 465 Advanced Sculpture (3)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)