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Art and Design - Photography Emphasis, B.F.A.

Requirements

UVU’s photography program teaches the language of photography. Students will take courses to diversify their skill set in the creation and appreciation of different approaches to photography. They will work with film, historic photographic processes, and cutting edge digital technology. Students learn about and work in commercial and fine art environments. They will be taught working methods in the darkroom, studio lighting techniques, motion, and digital manipulation. The photo program emphasizes a hands-on and engaged approach. We actively look for opportunities to get our students on location and into real world scenarios through internships, study abroad programs, service oriented programs, and classes taught off campus.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements: 

  1. AA, AS, or AAS Degree or equivalent in Art and Design or advisor approval
  2. Portfolio Review
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 (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors) (3.0)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social Science majors) (3.0)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050

College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) (4.0)

  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)
  MATH 1090

College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors) (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 (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
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: 26 Credits
  ART 1110 Drawing I * 3
  ART 1120 2D Design * 3
  ART 1130 3 D Design * 3
  ART 1400 Graphic Computer Applications * 3
  ART 200R ART and Design Lecture Series (Must be taken 2 times) 2
  ART 499R BFA Project (must be taken in two consecutive semesters) 6
  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)  
Emphasis Requirements: 15 Credits
Complete the following:  
      ART 1790 Dark Room Techniques 3
  ART 2700 Photography II 3
  ART 2710 Documentary Photography 3
  ART 2720 Color Photography 3
  ART 2730 Photographic Lighting I 3
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 44 Credits
  ARTH 3010 History of Design and Visual Arts (3.0)  
or ARTH 3070 Modern Art and Architecture History 3
  ARTH 3200 The History of Photography 3
  ART 371R Historical Photographic Processes 3
  ART 3730 Photographic Lighting II 3
  ART 3740 Fine Art Photography 3
  ART 3750 Advanced Digital Imaging 3
  ART 471R Photographic Illustration 3
  ART 474R Advanced Photo Studies 3
  ART 4750 Exploratory Photographic Processes 3
  ART 481R Art and Visual Communications Internship 2
  Complete any ART/ARTH courses not already used (5 credits must be upper division). 15

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall GPA of 2.0 or above with 3.0 GPA or above in ART & ARTH courses. Courses within the student's area of emphasis must be completed with a C grade or above.
  3. 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 program.
  4. 4 Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  6. Portfolio submission required during senior year.
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.
Footnotes
* Minimum grade of B- required.

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
ART 1050 Photo I 3
ART 1120 2D design 3
ART 1110 Drawing I 3
ARTH 2710 History of Art to Renaissance (Fulfills Fine Arts) 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MAT 1030 or 1035 or STAT 1040 or 1045 or MATH 1050 or 1055 or 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business  
ARTH 2720 Art History From the Renaissance 3
ART 1130 3D Design 3
ART 1400 Graphic Computer Applications 3
ART 1790 Darkroom Techniques 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Social/Behavioral Science - GE 3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Fitness for life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
ENGL 2010 or 2020 Intermediate Writing  GE 3
ART 200R Art and Design Lecture Series 1
ART 2700 Photography II 3
ART 2720 Color Photography 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: ART 2720 (Color Photography) is a prerequisite for ART 2730 (Photographic Lighting I)  
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science - GE 3
American Institutions - GE 3
ART 2710 Documentary Photography 3
ART 2730 Photographic Lighting I 3
ART 200R Art and Design Lecture Series 1
ART/ARTH Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Biology - GE 3
ART 371R Historical Photographic Processes 3
ART 3750 Advanced Digital Imaging 3
ARTH 3010 or 3070 History of Design & Visual Arts or Modern Art & Architecture History 3
ART/ARTH  Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes:  ART 371R (Historical Photographic Processes) and ART 3750 (Advanced Digital Imaging and Art History) classes are only offered in fall semester.
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ART 3740 Fine Art Photography 3
ART 3730 Photographic Lighting II 3
ARTH 3200 The History of Photography 3
ART 481R Internship 2
  Semester Total: 14
Notes: ART 3730 (Photographic Lighting II) is only offered in spring semester.
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical or Biology Science - GE 3
ART 474R Advanced Photo Studies 3
ART/ARTH Upper Division Elective 3
ART/ARTH Elective 3
ART 499R BFA Project 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: ART 474R (Advanced Photo Studies) is only offered in fall semester.
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Humanities - GE 3
ART 471R Photographic Illustration 3
ART 4750 Exploratory Photo Processes 3
ART 499R BFA Project 3
ART/ARTH  Upper Division Elective 3
  Semester total: 15R
Notes: ART 4747R (Photographic Illustration) and ART 4750 (Exploratory Photography) are only offered in spring semester.  
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Art & Design

Location:

GT 535

Telephone:

801-863-8341

Email:

owensst@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/artdesign

Chair:

Courtney Davis

 
 

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

 
 

Art History

  • Coordinator: Courtney Davis
  • Office: GT 535b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8382
  • Email: DAVISCO@uvu.edu
 
 

Graphic Design

 
 

Illustration

  • Coordinator: Howard Fullmer
  • Office: GT 405
  • Telephone: 801-863-6491
  • Email: HFullmer@uvu.edu
 
 

Painting/Drawing

  • Coordinator: Nancy Steele-Makasci
  • Office: GT 539a
  • Telephone: 801-863-6933
  • Email: STEELNA@uvu.edu
 
 

Photography

  • Coordinator: Reid Elem
  • Office: GT 525g
  • Telephone: 801-863-8497
  • Email: RElem@uvu.edu
 
 

Sculpture/Ceramics

  • Coordinator: Mark Talbert
  • Office: GT 338
  • Telephone: 801-863-6270
  • Email: TALBERMA@uvu.edu
 
 

Art & Design Advisement

Advisors: Colin Slade, Elizabeth Draper

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, art history, 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, 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

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 Arts (B.A.) in Art History

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.

Art History: BA in Art History

Students are prepared 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 students for a career in postsecondary teaching, museum curatorship, and museum directorship.

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.

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.

Art & Design Core Grade Requirement

The Art & Design 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 design fields. In order to apply to the BFA, students must first meet the core class requirements (consult with your academic advisor for details) in the Art & Design Department and submit a portfolio for departmental BFA review. Students desiring to participate in the review should submit aletter of intent to the area coordinator in their particular interest. Portfolios will be due in March as designated by the area coordinator. 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. 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 & Design Department has implemented a graduating student portfolio submission. All students completing a degree in the Art & Design 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 Art & Design 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
Department Chair, 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., 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)

Associate 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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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)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



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

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Jason Millward(2016)

Lecturer

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



B.A., Sculpture, Utah State University; M.F.A., (ABD), Sculpture, Utah State University.

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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)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Design
Faculty



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

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Lori Santos(2011)

Associate 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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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
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)

Associate Professor

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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Careers

Careers:
Students are prepared to compete in the photo area generally through free-lance work in areas such as advertising, stock images, weddings, documentary, portraiture etc. They may also look at in-house photography departments or studios. Students may also choose to promote their work to galleries, museums, exhibitions, commissions.

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