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https://visualarts.byuh.edu

Jeff Merrill, Visual Arts Coordinator (jeff.merrillt@byuh.edu) McKay 191H, (808) 675-3901, Fax (808) 675-3900

Sosina Feinga, Office Manager (sosina.feinga@byuh.edu) McKay 185, (808) 765-3892, Fax (808) 675-3900

Losaline Hafoka, Academic Advisor (line.hafoka@go.byuh.edu) McKay 173C, (808) 675-3249

 

Faculty

Associate Professors

  • Toluta'u, Viliami H., Sculpture (1991) B.A. 1980, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.F.A. 1983, Brigham Young University

Assistant Professors

  • Merrill, Jeffrey B., Painting (2011) B.F.A. 1997, Brigham Young University; M.F.A. 2011, Academy of Art University
  • McConnell, Rob, (2015) B.S. Technology and Engineering Education, 2011, Brigham Young University; M.F.A, 2014, Graphic Design, Maryland Institute College of Art.
  • Kwon, Jihae, Art (2015) B.F.A. 1999, University of Utah; B.F.A. 2003, University of Utah; M.A. 2014, The Corcoran College of Art & Design

Adjunct Faculty

  • Christy, Olivia, Art Education (1985) B.A. 1981, Brigham Young University
  • Helekunihi, Carol, Art History (2006) B.A. 1998, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.Ed. 2000, University of Hawaii
  • Houghton, Caryn, Art History (2009) B.A. 1992, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2014, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
  • Saenz, Monique, Photography (2003) B.F.A., Brigham Young University-Hawaii. M.F.A. 2010, Academy of Art University
  • Skaf, Daniel M., Video Production (2006); B.A. 2001, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.F.A 2005, Dodge College of Film & Media Arts, Chapman University   

Emeritus Faculty

  • Alisa, Mata'umu
  • Fisher, Jan
  • Garside, A. LaMoyne
  • Miller, Dwight E.
  • Swapp, Wylie
  • Wells, Richard D.

 

General Information

The Department of Visual Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (art) as well as bachelor's degrees in art and art education. Students may also earn a skill-based certificate in art. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisor and academic advisor to plan an academic schedule. Programs offered in the Visual Arts Department include the following and are described below.

Programs and Degrees

  • B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Art with an emphasis in
    • Graphic Design
    • Painting
  • B.A. Art Education
  • Certificate in Graphic Design
  • Certificate in Painting
  • Certificate in Photography/ Video
  • Certificate in Sculpture

Visual Arts Mission

The mission of the Visual Arts Department at Brigham Young University-Hawaii is to educate leaders in visual communication with the aptitudes necessary to establish professional creative endeavor.

The Discipline

The visual arts curriculum serves five main purposes: (1) to prepare competent professionals in various fields of visual arts; (2) to qualify artists and designers to solve conceptual and technical problems inherent in visual arts; (3) to train art students to critically assess and discuss works of art; (4) to prepare art educators for teaching the visual arts at the secondary level; and (5) to generally develop individuals' aesthetic sense by helping them experience art.

Career Opportunities

The Art major prepares students for many visual art and humanity-related careers and provides a solid foundation for art and design graduate programs. Studio art majors can specialize in one of two media tracks (graphic design, or painting). Students in the graphic design track are trained as graphic designers in digital and print media for branding, publication, and web design, including additional skills in illustration, photography, and video. Students in the painting track are trained to work as self-employed freelance artists, with the skills necessary to develop gallery exhibitions. The BFA program is designed to raise the skills of students to professional levels and to develop a professional portfolio for career development, graduate school, and higher education opportunities. A degree in art education certifies a student to teach in elementary and secondary levels.

Program Outcomes

Upon completing a major in Art, students will

  1. Demonstrate studio proficiency in hand crafted visual art production techniques.
  2. Demonstrate studio proficiency in digital imaging and computer software production techniques.
  3. Demonstrate methods of critical thinking through critique, compositional analysis, and interpretation of the elements and principles of design.
  4. Demonstrate informed understanding and appreciation of the history of art, theories of art, and the role of art in education through written and oral communication.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in professional practices of visual arts documentation and presentation through portfolio production and exhibition.
  6. Demonstrate leadership and self-directed learning through independent study, student research and internship.

Related Course Listings

ART | COMM | HUM

Major Requirements-effective Fall 2014

A major in art consists of 45 hours that includes 12 hours of visual arts core classes, 12 hours of art history and theory, and 21 hours of media track classes. Freshman students should take the visual arts core courses during the first year. Transfer students may substitute equivalent visual arts core classes if competence is reflected in their portfolio view. No grade below C- will be accepted in fulfilling major requirements.

B.A. Art (45 hours)

Visual Arts Core (12 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)

Art History and Theory (12 hours)

All of the following:

  • ART 196 Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 442 Readings in Aesthetics (3)

One of two Media Tracks (21 hours)

Graphic Design Track (Required)

  • ART 311 Branding (3)
  • ART 333 Typography (3)
  • ART 411 Publication Design (3)
  • ART 433* Web for Designers (3)
  • ART 444 Design Methods (3)
  • ART 445 Design Studio (3)

*IT 240 is a prerequisite for ART 433 and fulfills the elective requirement. Additional electives are suggested.

Additional suggested electives:

  • IT 240 Fundamentals of Web Design & Technology (3)
  • ART 399R* Internship in Visual Art (3)
  • ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3)
  • ART Studio elective from the following: 221R, 225, 308, 312, 318, 325, 345, 365, 390R, 425, 465, 470, 495R

       *Non-BFA candidates only

Painting Track (Required)

  • ART 221R Figure Drawing (3)
  • ART 225 Painting Concepts (3)
  • ART 325 Figure Painting (3)
  • ART 345 Digital Painting (3)
  • ART 425 Advanced Painting

Select two of the following electives:

  • ART 470* Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3)
  • ART Studio elective from the following: 221R, 308, 311, 312, 318, 333, 365, 390R, 411, 433, 465, 495R

       *Non-BFA candidates only

B.F.A. Fine Arts (57 hours)

A Bachelor of Fine Arts major is a studio performance degree. At least one year prior to the projected graduation, a student may apply for admission into the BFA program. Admission is determined by the acceptance of a portfolio and the recommendation of the faculty. Upon approval, the student will be given BFA candidate status and will maintain that status on a semester-by-semester basis as determined by a portfolio review. Only grades of B- or above will be acceptable for graduation in the program. Participation in the internship, exhibition, as well as the student's performance, must reflect the highest level of professionalism. All BFA candidates must complete an additional 12 credits of thesis level coursework. Students in the Graphic Design track must complete an internship along with their thesis level coursework to be awarded a BFA. Students in the Painting BFA program have the option to complete an internship but are not required.

Complete additional courses depending on track and option (12):

  • ART 399R Internship in Visual Art (3)
  • ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ART 480R Thesis and Artist Exhibition Production (6-9)

B.A. Art Education (74 hours)

See secondary Education >> Learn more.

Certificates in Visual Arts (15 hours)

A certificate in visual arts consists of 15 hours that includes 6 hours of visual arts core classes, and 9 hours of media electives. Art majors may not have more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards a certificate. Art majors and/or non-Art majors doing multiple certificates may not have more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards a certificate. Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor. 

All students hoping to major in visual arts are required to submit a portfolio of their foundation year work for review and acceptance into the program. To submit your work please scan, photograph and post your artwork to your Behance portfolio. Please make sure that you submit before the appropriate deadline to be considered. 

All students Must meet with the Art Advisor and complete a major academic plan MAP before applying to the VA foundation review. Academic MAPS must be attached to the foundation review form and submitted to the Art Office located in MCK 185. 

Certificate in Graphic Design (15 hours)

Visual Arts Core (6 hours) 

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)

Media Electives-Select three of the following (9 hours):

  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART 311 Branding (3)
  • ART 333 Typography (3)
  • ART 411 Publication Design (3)
  • ART 433 Web for Designers (3)

 

Certificate in Painting (15 hours)

Visual Arts Core (6 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)

Media Electives-Select three of the following (9 hours):

  • ART 221R Figure Drawing (3)
  • ART 225 Painting Concepts (3)
  • ART 325 Figure Painting (3)
  • ART 345 Digital Painting (3)
  • ART 425 Advanced Painting (3)

 

Certificate in Photography/Video (15 hours)

Visual Arts Core (6 hours)

  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)

Media (9 hours):

  • ART 312 Intermediate Photography (3)
  • ART 308 Basic Video Production (3)
  • ART 318 Intermediate Video Production (3)

 

Certificate in Sculpture (15 hours)

Visual Arts Core (6 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)

Media Electives-Select three of the following (9 hours):

  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)
  • ART 365 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
  • ART 465 Advanced Sculpture (3)
  • ART 495R Independent Study (3)