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Art and Visual Communications - Illustration Emphasis, B.F.A.

Requirements

The program is ideal for students wanting to pursue careers in traditional illustration, digital illustration, or animation. In addition to working with faculty who are professionals in their fields, students have access to the best software in the industry. Courses in figure drawing, children’s book illustration, anatomy and figure structure, flash animation, 3-D computer rendering, and advanced illustration are just a few of the classes available to students. The courses offer a well-rounded and practical learning experience. Students in the illustration program benefit from interaction with instructors who are nationally known professional illustrators.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements: 

  1. AA, AS, or AAS Degree or equivalent in Art and Visual Communication 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
  MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors) (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social Science majors) (3.0)  
  MATH 1050

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

 
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 AVC 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 1350 Ceramics I (3.0)  
  ART 1420 Introduction to Graphic Design (3.0)  
  ART 1650 Watermedia I (3.0)  
Emphasis Requirements: 39 Credits
       ART  2210 Drawing for Illustration 3
  ART  2220 Imagination and Visual Literacy 3
  ART  2230 Illustrative Media and Techniques I 3
  ART  2240 Illustrative Media and Techniques II 3
  ART  2260 Digital Painting for Illustration I 3
  ART  2270 Anatomy and Figure Structure 3
  ARTH  2780 The History of Illustration 3
  ART  3210 Narrative Illustration 3
  ART  3220 Conceptual Illustration 3
  ART  327R Rendering the Human Head 3
  ART  361R Figure Drawing 3
  ART  421R Advanced Illustration 3
  ART  470R Advanced Figure Drawing 3
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 20 Credits
Take an additional 12 credits from the classes below. 12
  ART  324R Children's Book Illustration (3.0)  
  ART  328R Painting the Human Head (3.0)  
  ART  364R Figure Painting (3.0)  
  ART  3230 3-D Computer Modeling (3.0)  
  ART  325R Flash Animation for Illustration (3.0)  
  ART  3260 Digital Painting for Illustration II (3.0)  
  ART  3270 Digital Illustration (3.0)  
  ART  4230 3-D Computer Rendering (3.0)  
  ART  426R Concept Design I (3.0)  
  ART  427R Concept Design II (3.0)  
  ART  429R 3D Illustration (3.0)  

   
Complete any ART/ARTH courses not already used (4 credits must be upper division). 8

  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 intended to be a guide. 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
MATH 1030/40/50 Choose 1 of the following: QL/Stats/College Algebra 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
ART 1120 2D Design 3
ART 1400 Graphic Computer Applications 3
ARTH 2710 History of Art to the Renaissance 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing  3
ART 1110 Drawing I 3
AVC Elective: Choose 1: ART 1050, 1350, 1420, or 1650 3
ART 1130 3D Design 3
ARTH 2720 History of Art from the Renaissance 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science General Ed 3
ART 2220 Imagination and Visual Literacy 3
ARTH 3110 The History of Illustration 3
ART 1210 Drawing for Illustration 3
ART 2230 Illustrative Media & Techniques 1 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: ART 2220 is a FALL ONLY class
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
American Institutions General Ed 3
PHIL 205G Ethics and Values 3
ART 2240 Illustrative Media & Techniques II 3
ART 2270 Anatomy and Figure Structure 3
ART 325R Flash Animation for Illustration 3
ART 200R AVC Lectures 1
  Semester total: 16
Notes: ART 2240 is SPRING ONLY. PHIL must be 205G to meet GE & GI requirements.
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Biology  3
PES 1097 or HLTH 1100 Choose either Fitness for life or Personal Health and Wellness 2
ART 3210 Narrative Illustration 3
ART ELEC Illustration Elective 3
ART/ ARTH ELEC Illustration/ Art History Elective 3
ART 361R Figure Drawing 2 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Biology or Physical Science GE 3
ART 200R AVC Lectures 1
ART 3220 Conceptual Illustration 3
ART 470R Advanced Figure Drawing 3
Social Science GE 3
ART ELECTIVE Illustration Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: ART 3220 and 470R are SPRING ONLY
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
ART 421R Advanced Illustration 3
ART 499R BFA Project 3
Humanities GE 3
ART ELECTIVE Illustration Elective 3
ART ELECTIVE Illustration Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
ART 499R BFA Project 3
ART ELECTIVE Illustration Elective 3
ART ELECTIVE Illustration Elective 3
ART/ ARTH ELEC Art History Elective 3
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Art & Visual Communications

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 Education

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

  • Advisor:
    Rae Ann Hall-Ellis
  • Telephone: 801-863-6412
  • Email: ELLISRA@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 & Visual Communications

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

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 & Visual Communications 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 of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

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

  • 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

Students who want to study art and visual communications broadly, without emphasizing one particular medium, 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 of Art in Art and Visual Communications (A.A.)
  • Associate of Science in Art and Visual Communications (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. 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 & Visual Communications 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 AVC offices in GT 535. 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 & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Courtney Davis(2007)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
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 & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Catherine Downing(1996)

Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
Faculty



B.F.A., Drawing, University of Florida; M.F.A., Painting, University of South Florida.

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Howard Fullmer(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Stephen Hales(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
Faculty



B.F.A., M.F.A., Visual Communication Design, Brigham Young University.

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Brian Jensen(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Travis Lovell(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Susan Parkinson(1994)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
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 & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Sean Rees(2013)

Instructor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
Faculty



B.A., Graphic Design, Utah State University, M.A., Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art & Design.

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Lori Santos(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
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 & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Rand Smith(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Nancy Steele-Makasci(2008)

Assistant Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
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 & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Mark Talbert(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
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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Marcus Vincent(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Art & Visual Communications
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 & Visual Communications
Faculty



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

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Careers

Careers

Careers:
Students are prepared to compete for employment creating concepts, illustrations, backgrounds, textures, and more in the areas of gaming development, animation, and for freelance consulting work (self-employed) creating illustrations for books (children's, graphic novels, etc.), magazines (both traditional and online), storyboarding, advertising. Some students may also choose to further their studies in graduate programs. Many employment opportunities will be a combination of freelance, part time employment, and/or full time employment. For example, a concept artist may be in a full time position for the duration of a large project but may freelance or be employed part time on smaller similar projects.
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