Department of Art
Department Information: 
E-509 HFAC, Provo, UT 84602-6414
(801) 422-2064

Two postgraduate degrees are offered in the Department of Art: Art Education (MA) and Studio Art (MFA). Each requires practicing the component disciplines of art, as well as acquiring certain skills, knowledge, and understandings.

These strong graduate programs examine and promote the study, creation, and teaching of the visual arts, from historical and from contemporary perspectives for a balanced understanding of the field. Faculty in each area are leading practitioners and researchers of the theoretical, philosophical, and professional issues of their respective academic specialties.  High standards for study and practice in each degree program promote professional levels of practice and accomplishment expected of and achieved by our graduates.

The average number of students in each program and the duration of each program is as follows:

  • Art Education: twelve students as a cohort group in program; two years to completion.
  • Studio Art: fourteen students in program; two years to completion.

Fax: (801) 422-0695

Chair:  Garold C. Barton
Graduate Coordinator:  Christopher Croft Lynn

Resources & Opportunity: 

MFA Studio Space:  Studio space is provided for MFA students in all emphasis areas.

Art Resource Center:  The center is an important library resource for graduate study of content, methods of inquiry, and methodology in art disciplines intrinsic to current art education programs.  A wide variety of books, journals, art reproductions, curricula, and other visual materials and aids are available.  Link: 

B.F. Larsen:  This is an art display space in the center of the HFAC.  It consists of the atrium space as well as the 4th and 5th floor hallways adjacent to the atrium.  Link:

Gallery 303:  This is the secure gallery space in the HFAC located on the 3rd floor in the southwest section of the atrium.  There are four discrete spaces within 303, the entry, the main gallery space and two small rooms for installation work.  Link:

Museum of Art:  The BYU Museum of Art is located on the north side of campus.  It is a four-story, modern facility of more than 102,000 square feet in size.  The museum houses ten exhibition galleries, an auditorium, classrooms, a small theater, a print study room, security and administrative offices, as well as a gift store.  Faculty and students engage collaboratively with the museum in projects that yield exhibitions, texts, documentaries, and other forms of presentation.  Major exhibitions from its own collection of over 15,000 works and from other important collections are brought to the museum to provoke inquiry and to contribute to the university’s academic discourses.  Lectures, conferences, performance, and other educational experiences occur regularly in the museum’s varied and versatile spaces.  Link:

Print Lab:  Housed in the Harris Fine Arts Center is the Print Lab, which provides fine art print services as well as access to professional software and equipment.  Students and faculty can avail themselves of the services provided such as:  wide format art prints, scanning, vinyl cutting, 3D printing, laser cutting, and equipment rental.  Link:

Supply Stockrooms:  The Department of Art has two stockrooms that serve a variety of courses and student needs.  In the Harris Fine Arts Center is the 2D stockroom, which stocks and sells art papers, bookbinding supplies, and other select materials pertinent to art making.  Cameras, video and sound recording equipment, and other types of equipment important for photography and new genres can also be checked out through this stockroom.  There is also a 3D stockroom in Building B-66, which stocks and sells select materials important to the disciplines or ceramics and sculpture.

Woodshop:  in addition to the woodshop in Building B66 that is a part of the department 3D facility, the department has a woodshop in the Harris Fine Arts Center that supports gallery functions and the curriculum of various courses.  Students may use the space during open hours after being trained on proper equipment use and paying a shop fee.  The woodshop can be a helpful resource when making art or preparing for a show.

Financial Assistance: 

Financial assistance is available through tuition scholarships, supplemental awards, and teaching assistantships.