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

Two postgraduate degrees are offered in the Department of Visual Arts: 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, historically and from contemporary perspectives. Faculty in each area are recognized leading practitioners as well as students of the theoretical, philosophical, and professional issues of their respective academic specialties. The academic thrust of graduate studies in the Department of Arts provides a rich blend of the theoretical and the practical for a balanced understanding of art. High standards for study and practice in each degree program promote the high levels of professional 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:  Mark J. Johnson
Graduate Coordinator:  Christopher Croft Lynn

Resources & Opportunity: 

Museum of Art. BYU's Museum of Art provides a rich and diverse environment for the presentation and research of art and the various disciplines related to its analysis, theory, history, display, and reception. Whether it is an individual work, a collection, or an entire exhibition, students are encouraged to look, reflect, analyze, challenge, and enjoy.

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, performances, and other educational experiences occur regularly in the museum's varied and versatile spaces.

Art Studio Space. Studio space is provided for graduate 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 the visual arts disciplines intrinsic to current art education programs. A wide variety of books, journals, art reproductions, curricula, and other visual materials and aids are available.

Art History Visual Resource Library. The library is a teaching resource providing images and reference materials primarily for the Visual Arts faculty and instructors and has been built to support the Visual Arts Department curriculum. Along with the traditional slide collection, a digital database for the approximately 10,000 digital images is currently in process and new digital images are added constantly. In addition, there are several image resources available through the Harold B. Lee Library, including ArtSTOR and 32,000 licensed images from Saskia. There are opportunities for graduate students to work in the Visual Resources Center on assistantships to further enhance their graduate learning experience by working on database projects with professors to develop new collections for teaching and research.

Financial Assistance: 

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