Utah Valley University's Department of Art & Design offers degrees in applied arts, fine arts and art education. Upon completing a degree, students emerge from the program ready to enter careers in graphic design, photography, advertising, printing, animation, illustration, art education, printmaking, sculpture, game development, painting and more. Students can earn a general degree, exploring several areas within the visual arts, or they can specialize, exploring a specific practice in depth to better understand it and/or prepare for employment in that field.
Students who want to concentrate on a specific area of art and design can gain professional training at UVU through several specialized degrees:
Bachelors of Art (B.A.) in Art History degree
A four-year degree in which students are trained offers a strong foundation in the study of art history and the liberal arts, with an emphasis on both intellectual and practical skills.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Art Education
A four-year degree in which students are trained to teach as art specialists.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
A four-year degree for individuals with above-average abilities, who are looking for a competitive program to hone their skills.
• Graphic Design
Students who earn an A.A.S. degree in graphic design, illustration or photography are prepared to compete for employment in their chosen field or to further their studies in four-year programs.
The BA-Art History degree will help you prepare for an array of arts-related jobs, including art dealership, art directorship, and work in museums and galleries. It also provides the necessary foundation for graduate studies in art history, which in turn, will prepare you for a career in postsecondary teaching, museum curatorship, and museum directorship.
The Bachelor of Science in Art Education certifies students to teach art at the secondary level in public and private schools.
Those who decide to earn a B.F.A. degree in their field are typically prepared to enter the workforce as self-employed artists, promoting their work through galleries, museums, exhibitions and commissions. Others apply their degree to jobs in photography studios, design firms and art agencies. Some choose to pursue graduate studies to further their artistic development or to prepare to teach in higher education.
Students who want to study art and design broadly, without emphasizing one particular
medium, can choose to earn one of four general degrees:
• Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design (B.A.)
• Bachelor of Science in Art & Design (B.S.)
• Associate of Art in Art & Design (A.A.)
• Associate of Science in Art & Design (A.S.)
Students who elect to earn a bachelor of arts or associate of arts degree are required to complete a foreign language requirement, while those who earn a bachelor of science or associate of science degree have the option to take more electives. All of these degrees allow students to explore a few areas within the department and gain a more well-rounded education in the visual arts.
Art History Minor
In June of 2013, an Art History Minor was approved. Students take 18 credits of art history to complete the minor.