About Us

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.

BFA Programs

Students who want to concentrate on a specific area of art and design can gain professional training at UVU through several specialized degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degrees are four-year degrees for individuals with above-average abilities, who are looking for a competitive program to hone their skills.

Those who decide to earn a B.F.A. in their field are typically prepared to enter the workforce at design firms, photography studios or advertising. Others become self-employed artists, promoting their work through galleries, museums, exhibitions and commissions. Some choose to pursue graduate studies to further their artistic development or to prepare to teach in higher education.


Students are encouraged to learn by applying what they study in the real world and by taking part in activities outside the classroom. This could be an internship, serving the community at an art event, or getting involved in a student club. The department offers many opportunities for students to travel and interact with practicing art professionals. Every student in the Department of Art & Design attends an art lecture series, in which artists from all over the country visit UVU to present their work, lecture on what they do and occasionally hold a workshop. Students regularly enter their work in competitions at local, state and national levels, with several students earning awards each year.

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:

  1. Visual Literacy
  2. Professional Excellence
  3. Creative Diversity
  4. Interdisciplinary Skills and Collaboration
  5. 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 Skills and Collaboration We support collaboration in the visual arts through multi-disciplinary student and faculty projects across campus and beyond. We also support interdisciplinary skills in areas of various art fields, forms, methods/techniques, histories, and media.

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.

Faculty and Staff

Department Chair: Courtney Davis
Office: GT 535b
Telephone: 801-863-8118

Administrative Support: Staci Owens
Office: GT 535
Telephone: 801-863-8341

Art Education: Lori Santos
Telephone: 801-863-8382

Art History: Courtney Davis
Office: GT 535b
Telephone: 801-863-8118

Graphic Design: Benjamin Evjen
Office: GT 525a
Telephone: 801-863-5302

Illustration: Perry Stewart
Office: GT 409
Telephone: 801-863-7132

Painting/Drawing: Nancy Steele-Makasci
Office: GT 539a
Telephone: 801-863-6933

Photography: Reid Elem
Office: GT 525c
Telephone: 801-863-8497

Sculpture/Ceramics: Mark Talbert
Office: GT 338
Telephone: 801-863-6270

Art & Design Computer Labs

The Department of Art & Design has 4 computer labs, GT537, GT539, GT540 & GT511E for students enrolled in AVC courses with computer instruction. It also has a print lab, located in GT538. The A&D computer labs are for current art students. All A&D labs use iMac computers and Adobe CC 2014 software, which are funded by A&D student fees and by the School of the Arts. The A&D computer labs are dedicated for current A&D students. Click here for more information about other UVU open computer labs available to all current UVU students.

GT538 utilizes UVU Greenbucks or OneCard system for payment. Below are some quick links for these systems:

UVU Green Bucks information page

UVU Green Bucks sign in

GT538 also has print credit printers available for UVU student use. Below are links with information about the UVU print credits system

UVU Print credit printer list

UVU print credit sign in

For more information about the A&D computer labs and detailed schedule information, check out http://uvuartlab.blogspot.com/


To rent a locker in the GT 3rd – 6th floors, please visit the Facilities Complex located at 936 South 400 West. Locker rentals can be obtained in the main office of Facilities (FC 100). Lockers are $5 per semester or $13 for 3 consecutive semesters. Locker rental fees can be paid with cash, check or credit/debit card. The Facilities Department is open Monday – Friday 7:30a to 5p, questions can be directed to (801) 863-8130.


Administrative Support: Staci Owens
Office: GT 535
Telephone: 801-863-8341

Department Chair: Courtney Davis
Office: GT 535b
Telephone: 801-863-8118