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Art and Design, A.A.

Requirements

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.

Total Program Credits: 61

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0) 
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:   
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  ARTH 2710 History of Art to the Renaissance 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 18 Credits
  ART 1110 Drawing I 3
  ART 1120 2D Design 3
  ART 1130 3 D Design 3
  ART 1400 Graphic Computer Applications 3
  ARTH 2720 History of Art from the Renaissance 3
Complete 3 credits from one of the following: 3
  ART 1050 Photography I (3.0)  
  ART 1210 Spatial Drawing   (3.0)  
  ART 1350 Ceramics I (3.0)  
  ART 1420 Introduction to Graphic Design (3.0)  
  ART 1650 Watermedia I (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 8 Credits
Complete 8 credits of the same Foreign Language 8

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 61 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours-- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Portfolio Submission.
  6. For the AA degree, completion of 8 credit hours of course work from one language

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing  3
MAT 1030 or MATH 1040 or 1050 or 1060 Quantitative Literacy 3
American Institutions Distribution 3
ART 1120 2D Design 3
ART 1400 Graphic Computer Applications 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing  3
Social/Behavioral Science  Distribution 3
Physical Science  Distribution 3
ART 1110 Drawing I 3
ART 1130 3D Design 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Biology Distribution 3
Ethics and Values Distribution 3
ARTH 2710 History of Art to the Renaissance 3
ART 1050 or 1210 or 1350 or 1420 or 1650 3
Foreign Language 1010 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Humanities Distribution 3
Physical Science Distribution 3
Health & Wellness Distribution 2
ARTH 2720 History of Art from the Renaissance 3
Foreign Language 1020 4
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 61

Department

Name:

Art & Design

Location:

GT 535

Telephone:

801-863-8341

Email:

owensst@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/avc

Chair:

Perry Stewart

 
 

Mission Statement

To cultivate the creation and appreciation of visual art, we foster creative confidence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. We follow these principles to accomplish our mission:

Visual Literacy, Professional Excellence, Creative Diversity, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Cultural/Social Responsibility

Visual Literacy We encourage the development of strong visual literacy among students of the visual arts. We support the study of history, culture, technology and trends to this end.

Professional Excellence In preparing visual art students for careers in a broad market, we support and expect excellence and professionalism.

Creative Diversity While teaching techniques, styles, and practices is an important part of our programs, we support a diversity of styles and individual expressions among students in their creative work.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration We support collaboration across the visual arts through multi-disciplinary student and faculty projects. These collaborative efforts may be extended to include other departments within the School of the Arts as well as the entire UVU campus.

Cultural/Social Responsibility We support the study and advancement of the visual arts from local to international levels. We foster understanding to promote artistic freedom and to preserve culture through creative production and historical research.

 
 

Art & Design

Administrative Assistant: Stacie Owens

 
 

Art Education

  • Coordinator: Lori Santos
  • Office: GT 535d
  • Telephone: 801-863-8382
  • Email: lori.santos@uvu.edu 
 
 

Graphic Design

  • Coordinator: Patrick Wilkey
  • Office: GT 402
  • Telephone: 801-863-5302
 
 

Illustration

  • Coordinator: Don Seegmiller
  • Office: GT 408
  • Telephone: 801-863-5303
 
 

Painting/Drawing

  • Coordinator: Nancy Steele-Makasci
  • Office: GT 525b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6933
 
 

Photography

  • Coordinator: Travis Lovell
  • Office: GT 535b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8262
 
 

Sculpture/Ceramics

  • Coordinator: Mark Talbert
  • Office: GT 338
  • Telephone: 801-863-6270
 
 

Art & Design Communications Advisement

Advisors: Dane Abegg, Elizabeth Draper, Rae Ann Hall-Ellis

Office: CS 637
Telephone: 801-863-5397
Email: SOAADVISORS@uvu.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Program Description

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. 

Degrees Offered

Students who want to concentrate on a specific area of art and visual communications can gain professional training at UVU through several specialized degrees:

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

A two-year degree where students can emphasize in one of three areas.

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Art Education

A four-year degree in which students are trained to teach as art specialists at the secondary level (7–12 grade).

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
  • Illustration
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography
  • Sculpture/Ceramics

General Art Degrees (B.A., B.S., A.A., A.S.)

Students wanting to study art and visual communications broadly, without emphasizing one particular emphasis area can choose to earn one of four general degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art and Visual Communications (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Art and Visual Communications (B.S.)
  • Associate in Art in Art and Visual Communications (A.A.)
  • Associate in Science in Art and Visual Communications (A.S.)

Students who elect to earn a bachelor of arts or associate in arts degree are required to complete a foreign language requirement, while those who earn a bachelor of science or associate in 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. Some of our 1000 level courses also fulfill general education requirements.

Career Opportunities

Our degrees prepare students for various career opportunities, some of which are delineated below.

Fine Arts: Painting/Drawing, Sculpture/Ceramics, Photography

Students are prepared to compete in the arts arena typically via self-employment by promoting their work through galleries, museums, exhibitions and commissions. Some students also choose to pursue graduate studies to further their development or to prepare them to teach in higher education. Areas of study include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics.

Applied Arts: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography

Students are prepared to compete for employment at advertising agencies, design studios, in-house design departments, printing firms, photography studios, gaming developers, animation studios and for freelance consulting work (self-employed). Some students may also choose to further their studies in graduate programs.

Education: BS in Art Education

The Bachelor of Science in Art Education certifies students to teach as an art specialist at the secondary level in public schools and private schools.

Engaged Learning

Students are encouraged to learn by applying what they study in the real world and by taking part in activities outside the classroom.

The department offers many opportunities for students to travel and interact with practicing art professionals. In an annual trip to New York, students visit museums, galleries and artists’ studios to learn more about creating art. Students can also apply to attend a five-week study abroad in Italy each summer. The department’s four-week art history and photography study abroad program recently placed

8th among Abroad101’s list of best Short-Term Programs. In this program, students tour Europe for four weeks, learning about art history and taking advantage of photography opportunities.

Students regularly enter their work in competitions at local, state and national levels, with several students earning awards each year. At UVU’s annual art history symposium, students present their research alongside faculty. Every student in the Department of Art & Design attends an art lecture series, in which artists from around the country visit UVU to present their work, lecture on what they do and occasionally hold a workshop.

AVC Core Grade Requirement

The AVC Core requirements (ART 1110, ART 1120, ART 1130, ART 1400 and one of the following: ART 1050, ART 1350, ART 1420, or ART 1650) must be completed with a B- or higher before being formally admitted to the BS, BA, and BFA programs.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Requirements:

This degree is for those with exceptional abilities in art and visual communications. In order to apply to the BFA, students must first meet the core class requirements (consult with your academic advisor for details) in the AVC Department and submit a portfolio for departmental BFA review. Students desiring to participate in the review should submit a letter of intent by Thursday, February 19th to the office of the area coordinator in their particular interest. Portfolios will be due on Thursday, March 5th. Acceptance into the BFA is based on the portfolio review, overall GPA of 2.0 or above with 3.0 GPA or above in ART and ARTH courses. Courses within the student’s area of emphasis must be completed with a C grade or above. For graduation with a BFA degree, students must maintain the grade requirements listed above and receive a B grade or above for ART 499R BFA Project. For more information, contact the Academic Advisors. Those not accepted into the program may apply up to 2 additional times for admission. With the exception of the Graphic Design emphasis, a review is held in the fall for students who were not accepted in the spring. Students not accepted into the BFA program, or who are unable to fulfill the above requirements, may still pursue the more general BA/BS degrees.

Graduation Requirement: Portfolio Submission

To ensure that faculty and programs at UVU are adequately teaching and preparing students for professional careers and/or further schooling, the Art and Visual Communications Department has implemented a graduating student portfolio submission. All students completing a degree in the Art and Visual Communications Department are required to submit a portfolio for faculty/professional review prior to graduation. Results are kept confidential and are used only to help modify and improve curriculum and teaching. Consult with your academic advisor for details of deadlines and requirements to make certain all AVC degree graduation requirements are met.

 
 

Faculty

Steve Bule(1999)

Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Italian & Art History, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Art History, Ohio State University.

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Courtney Davis(2007)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Art History, M.A., Art History & Curator Studies, J.D., Brigham Young University.

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Robert Dewitt(1986)

Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Art , M.F.A., Art/Painting, Brigham Young University.

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Reid Elem(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Computer Art, State University of New York at Oneonta; M.F.A., Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design.

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Benjamin Evjen(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Graphic Design, Utah State University; M.F.A. (ABD), Design & Visual Communications, Commonwealth University.

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Gareth Fry(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Graphic Design, Surrey Institute of Art & Design.

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Howard Fullmer(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Illustration, Brigham Young University; M.F.A., Vermont College.

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Chad Hardin(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.S., Art Illustration, Southern Utah University; MFA, Illustration, Academy of Art University.

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Richard Hull(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Fine Art, Brigham Young University.

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Brian Jensen(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.S., Art & Secondary Education Composite, Southern Utah University; M.F.A., Ceramics, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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Travis Lovell(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Brigham Young University; M.F.A., Maine Media College.

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Susan Parkinson(1994)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Art Education, Weber State University; M.A., Fine Arts, Utah State University; Ph.D. (ABD), Educational Leadership, Brigham Young University.

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John Rees(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Photography, Brigham Young University.

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Lori Santos(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Art Education, Bethany College; M.A., Art Museum Education, University of Kansas; Ph.D., Art Education, University of North Texas.

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Don Seegmiller(2009)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Illustration, Brigham Young University.

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Rand Smith(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Sculpture, Brigham Young University; M.F.A., Sculpture, Arizona State University.

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Nancy Steele-Makasci(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Visual Arts Education, M.A., Printmaking and Painting, Ball State University; M.F.A., Printmaking and Drawing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Perry Stewart(2000)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Department Chair, Faculty



B.F.A., M.F.A., Illustration, Utah State University.

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Mark Talbert(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Art Education, Fairmont State College; M.A., Ceramics/Sculpture, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A., Ceramics/Sculpture, Utah State University.

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Brandon Truscott(2015)

Assist

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Studio Art/Graphic Design, Humboldt State University; M.Ed., Cross-Cultural Teaching, National University; M.F.A., Design & Technology, San Francisco Art Institute.

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Marcus Vincent(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Fine Arts, M.F.A., Painting and Drawing, Brigham Young University.

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Patrick Wilkey(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., M.F.A., Graphic Design, Utah State University.

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Christopher Young(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.F.A., Brigham Young University.

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