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Art Education, B.S.

Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Art Education prepares students to qualify for teaching licensure for 7--12th grade. Curriculum is designed to give students a background in general education, as well as secondary education. Students can also focus on a single studio area within visual arts such as painting/drawing, sculpture/ceramics, illustration or printmaking.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:

Students will apply for formal admission to the Secondary Ed program in the semester prior to the beginning of their junior year. Admission criteria include:

  1. ACT exam minimums: Composite 21, English 20, Math 19; or SAT exam minimums: Critical Read /Math 1000, with Math and Reading scores of 450; or If student has a bachelor degree or higher, he/she does not need to meet this testing requirement.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Completion of all General Education requirements and the majority of content area courses.
  4. Pass group interview directed by the Secondary Teacher Education Department.
  5. Pass LiveScan Criminal Background Check.
General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0)  
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (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 3
  Fine Arts 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 85 Credits
  ART 1050 Photography I 3
  ART 1110 Drawing I 3
  ART 1120 2D Design 3
  ART 1130 3 D Design 3
  ART 1400 Graphic Computer Applications 3
  ART 1650 Watermedia I 3
  ART 2630 Painting I 3
  ART 2680 Printmaking I 3
  ART 3500 Secondary Art Education Methods I 3
  ART 3510 Secondary Art Education Methods II 3
  ARTH 2710 History of Art to the Renaissance 3
  ARTH 2720 History of Art from the Renaissance 3
  ART 200R AVC Lecture Series (must be repeated) 2
  Two upper-division ARTH classes 6
  Three advisor-approved ART courses 9
Prerequisite Secondary Education Requirements:  
  EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students 2
Secondary Education Licensure Requirements:  
  EDSC 3000 Educational Psychology 3
  EDSC 3050 Foundations of American Education 2
  EDSC 3250 Instructional Media 2
  EDSC 4200 Classroom Management I 2
  EDSC 4440 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
  EDSC 4250 Classroom Management II 2
  EDSC 445G Multicultural Instruction ESL 3
  EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment 3
  EDSC 4850 Student Teaching--Secondary 10

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits, with a minimum of 40 credits of upper division credit.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher with no grade lower than B- in Secondary Education courses.
  3. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  4. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course

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.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3
MATH 1030/40/50 QL/Stats/College Algebra 3
ART 1110 Drawing I 3
ART 1120 2D Design 3
ART 1050 Photography I 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health & Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
Gen Ed Distribution Biology GE 3
Gen Ed Distribution American Institutions GE 3
ART 2630 Painting I 3
ART Elective Drawing II Strongly Recommended 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Gen Ed Distribution Physical Science GE 3
ART 1650 Watermedia I 3
EDSP 3400 Exceptional Student 3
ART 1130 3D Design 3
ART 1400 Graphic Computer Applications 3
  Semester total: 18
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Gen Ed Distribution Biology/Physical Science GE 3
Gen Ed Distribution Social Science GE 3
ART 2680 Printmaking I 3
Gen Ed Distribution Humanities GE 3
Gen Ed Distribution Fine Art--Ceramics (Strongly Recommended) 3
ARTH 2710 History of Art To the Renaissance 3
  Semester total: 18
Notes:   Because of Secondary Ed Matriculation, all GE and most area of study must be complete before matriculation is required. (Thus, the higher credits per semester)
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
ARTH 2720 History of Art From the Renaissance 3
EDSP 3000 Educational Psychology 3
EDSP 3050 Foundations of Education 2
EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment 3
ART Elective Level III of specialty (Strongly Recommended) 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
ART Elective Level IV of specialty (Strongly Recommended) 3
ART 3500 Art Methods I 3
EDSP 3250 Instructional Media 2
EDSP 445G Muticultural Instruction 2
ARTH Upper Div Elective ARTH 309G Intro Non-West World or ARTH 3120 Contemp Strongly Recommended) 3
ART 200R AVC Lectures 1
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSP 4200 Classroom Management I 2
EDSP 4440 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
ARTH Upper Div Elective History of 20th Century (Strongly Recommended) 3
ART 200R AVC Lectures 1
ART 3510 Art Methods II 3
  Semester total: 12
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSP 4250 Classroom Management II 2
EDSP 4850 Student Teaching 10
  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:
Teaching art in a public, private, or charter school, K-12 is the most traditional way of using an Art Education degree. Other options students might consider include: teaching online, teaching preschool (or daycare), teaching private lessons to adults or children, teaching art at an after-school program, running education programs and teaching classes at art museums, starting a non-profit arts organization, teaching at non-traditional organization, being a guest artist or teacher, tutoring, teaching assistant, substitute teaching, retail craft coordinator, writing about art, or consultant for art supply catalog or store.
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