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Visual Arts and Communication


Faculty


Department Chair

Office Manager

Academic Adviser

Professor

  • Beus, Yifen, Film (2000) B.A. 1987, National Chengchi University; M.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2000, Indiana University.
  • Chen, Chiung Hwang, Communications (2001) B.A. 1985, World College of Journalism, Taipei; B.A. 1991, Brigham Young University–Hawaii; M.A. 1994, University of Iowa; Ph.D. 2000, University of Iowa.
  • Stout, Daniel, Communications (2013) B.A. 1979, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1985, University of Georgia; Ph.D. 1993, Rutgers University.

Associate Professors

  • Merrill, Jeffrey B., Art (2011) B.F.A. 1997, Brigham Young University; M.F.A. 2011, Academy of Art University
  • Toluta'u, Viliami H., Art (1991) B.A. 1980, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.F.A. 1983, Brigham Young University.

Assistant Professors

  • 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.
  • McConnell, Robert, Art (2015) B.S. 2011, Brigham Young University; M.F.A. 2014, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Affiliated Faculty Members

  • Beus, David, Film (2000) B.A. 1989, Brigham Young University; M.A. 1994, University of North Carolina; Ph.D. 2002, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Special Instructors

  • 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
  • Compton, D. Chad
  • Miller, Dwight E.

Programs and Degrees


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

Programs and Degrees

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.

 

Upon completing a major Communication Studies, students will:

  1. Understand history and diversity of the communication discipline.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of communication theory and application.
  3. Think critically to develop innovative and well-founded perspectives.
  4. Broaden knowledge of role of media in various cultures.
  5. Use technology to communicate effectively in various settings and contexts.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate and professional ethical behavior.

Program Descriptions


Visual Arts

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.

 

Communication Studies

Media of communication play a crucial role in shaping the world we live in: from the press, to social media, to film and to other entertainment media. The communication studies curriculum teaches students the foundation of ethical and effective communication. The curriculum includes a wide range of topics, addressing important issues such as media criticism, message design, media processes and effects. Students are expected to develop analytical, leadership, teamwork skills, and the ability to articulate, in verbal and written forms, ideas in the contemporary media landscape.

Career Opportunities


Visual Arts

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.

Communication Studies

A major in Communication Studies provides a rigorous degree that prepares students for graduate professional programs in business and public administration, public relations, journalism, as well as for graduate academic programs in fields such as communication studies, media studies, American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs. 

As a terminal degree, the major prepares highly desirable and competent professional consultants, business and government communications specialists, freelance or writers for journals, magazines, or other media outlets.

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Major Requirements

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 in Graphic Design (54-66 hours)

Visual Arts Core (9 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 122 Design Principles (3)
  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)

Art History and Theory (6 hours)

  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • ART 442 Readings in Aesthetics (3)

Take Two of the Following (6 hours)

Art History Courses must be taken in chronological order (e.g. ART 196 first)

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)

All students must pass the portfolio review to advance into a Visual Arts Track: Projects from ART 112, 122, 265 must be uploaded and submitted electronically through a blog: http://byuhvisualartsportfolio.blogspot.com/ to visualartsportfolio@byuh.edu. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Fall will apply before the last week of the same semester for Spring admittance. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Winter will apply before the last week of the same semester for Fall admittance. 

Graphic Design Track (Required) (27 hours)

  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART 270 Typography (3)
  • ART 280 Branding (3)
  • IT 240 Fundamentals of Web Design & Technology (3)
  • ART 370 Web for Designers (3)
  • ART 380 Publication Design (3)
  • ART 444 Motion Graphics (3)
  • ART 445 Packaging Design (3)

Electives: Take two of the following (6 hours)

  • ART 399R Internship in Visual Art (1-3)
  • ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (3)
  • ART 221R, 225, 265, 218, 312, 318, 325, 328, 335, 345, 365, 375, 390R, 399R, 425, 447, 465, 495R
  • FILM 102, 300, 365R

 *Non-BFA candidates only


B.F.A. Fine Art in Graphic Design (66 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 hours):

  • ART 399R Internship in Visual Art (1-3)
  • ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ART 480 BFA Thesis Research (3)
  • ART 481 BFA Thesis Studio (Design) (3)

B.A. Art in Painting (48-60 hours)

Visual Arts Core (9 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)
  • ART 122 Design Principles (3)
  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)

Art History and Theory (12 hours)

Art History Courses must be taken in chronological order (e.g. ART 196 first)

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

All students must pass the portfolio review to advance into a Visual Arts Track: Projects from ART 112, 122, 265 must be uploaded and submitted electronically through a blog: http://byuhvisualartsportfolio.blogspot.com/ to visualartsportfolio@byuh.edu. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Fall will apply before the last week of the same semester for Spring admittance. Applicants completing the prerequisites by the Winter will apply before the last week of the same semester for Fall admittance. 

Painting Track (Required) (27 hours)

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

Electives: Take two of the following (6 hours)

  • ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ENTR 383 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (3)
  • ART 156, 270, 280, 218, 312, 318, 328, 335, 365, 375, 390R, 399R, 444, 447, 465, 495R
  • FILM 102, 300, 365R

 *Non-BFA candidates only


B.F.A. Fine Art in Painting (60 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 hours):

  • ART 470 Artist Portfolio Production (3)
  • ART 480 BFA Thesis Research (3)
  • ART 482 BFA Thesis Studio (Painting) (6)

B.A. Art Education (74 hours)

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B.A. Communication Studies (39 hours)

Core Requirements (12 hours)

  • COMM 110 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMM 200 Mass Communication and Society (3)
  • COMM 360 Communication Theory and Method (3)
  • COMM 490 Senior Seminar (3)

Major Electives: Choose Six (18 hours)

  • COMM 201 Introduction to Strategic Communication (3)
  • COMM 211 Media Writing (3)
  • COMM 280 Gender, Race and Culture (3)
  • COMM 301 The Internet and Society (3)
  • COMM 326 Issues in Global Communication (3)
  • COMM 399R Internship in Communication (3)
  • COMM 410 Political Communication (3)
  • COMM 420 Media and Culture (3)
  • COMM 430 Media Law and Ethics (3)

Other Electives: Choose Three (9 hours)

  • ANTH 391, 445, 460
  • FILM 102, 300
  • HIST 3XX, 423
  • HUM 151, 251, 3XX
  • IPB 352 Intercultural Conflict Dynamics
  • PSYC 205 Applied Social Statistics

No grades lower than C- will be accepted. A student must leave the major after failing to obtain at least a C- grade for the same major course after taking it twice, and no major courses may be repeated more than once.


Communication Minor (15 hours)

Required (3 hours)

  • COMM 200 Mass Communication and Society (3)

Electives: Choose four. *Three must be level 250 or higher (12 hours)

  • COMM 110 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • COMM 201 Introduction to Strategic Communication (3) or COMM 211 Media Writing (3)
  • COMM 280 Gender, Race and Culture (3)
  • COMM 301 The Internet and Society (3)
  • COMM 326 Issues in Global Communication (3)
  • COMM 360 Communication Theory and Method (3)
  • COMM 410 Political Communication (3)
  • COMM 420 Media and Culture (3)
  • COMM 430 Media Law and Ethics (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Film Minor (15 hours)

The Film Minor provides basic training in film as a media art form. It introduces the study of film's formal elements, history and practice. The Film Minor provides foundational training in film studies theory as well as practical training in video production. Career options include media production, advertising/marketing/campaigning, public relations, instructional material development, visual communications, and the film industry.
 
Learning Outcomes & Essential Skills:
  1. Acquire fundamental knowledge in film as an academic discipline.
  2. Apply close and critical reading skills in analyzing film texts.
  3. Obtain basic to intermediate level of skills in video production.

Core (3 hours):

  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Electives: Choose four (12 hours):

  • ART/FILM 218 Basic Video Production (3)
  • ART/FILM 318 Intermediate Video Production (3)
  • FILM 300 World Cinema (3)
  • FILM/HUM 365R Special Studies in World Cinema (3)
  • HUM 442 Philosophy of Art (3)

Introduction to Art Minor (15 hours)

Required Courses (3 hours) *Art majors may not apply more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards this minor.

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective sections) - Select at least two classes from the following:

  • ART 122 Design Principles (3)
  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)
  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART 220 Experience in Visual Arts (3)
  • ART 225 Painting Concepts (3)
  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Painting Minor (15 hours)

Visual Arts Core (3 hours)

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor. All students MUST PASS the Portfolio Review to advance into the minor media electives for the Painting Minor: Projects from Art 112, 212 must be uploaded and submitted electronically through a blog: http://byuhvisualartsportfolio.blogspot.com/ to visualartsportfolio@byuh.edu.

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective selections) - Select at least two classes from the following:

  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)
  • 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)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Photography/Video Minor (15 hours)

Required Courses (3 hours) *Art majors may not apply more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards this minor.

  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective sections) - Select at least two classes from the following:

  • ART 212 Digital Photography (3)
  • ART/FILM 218 Basic Video Production (3)
  • ART 312 Intermediate Photography (3)
  • ART 318 Intermediate Video Production (3)
  • ART 328/ENTR 373 Creative Video Marketing (3)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Sculpture Minor (15 hours)

Required Courses (3 hours) *Art majors may not apply more than 6 hours of duplicate credit towards this minor.

  • ART 112 Drawing Concepts (3)

Studio Electives (6-9 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Take four classes total (as a combination of both elective sections) - Select at least two classes from the following:

  • ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts (3)
  • ART 265 Beginning Sculpture (3)
  • ART 365 Intermediate Sculpture (3)
  • ART 465 Advanced Sculpture (3)

Academic Electives (3-6 hours) *Non-Art majors must take the required prerequisites for each course unless exemption is granted by the instructor.

Select at least one class from the following:

  • ART 196 Global Art History I (3)
  • ART 296 Global Art History II (3)
  • ART 306 Contemporary Art History (3)
  • ART 316 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Film (3)

Strategic Communication Certificate (15 Hours)

Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • COMM 201 Introduction to Strategic Communication (3)
  • COMM 313 Cross-Platform Message Design (3)
  • COMM 321 Strategic Communication Campaigns (3)

Electives: Choose Two (6 credits)

  • COMM 301 The Internet and Society (3)
  • COMM 323 Multimedia Production (3)
  • COMM 326 Issues in Global Communication (3)
  • COMM 410 Political Communication (3)
  • COMM 420 Media and Culture (3)
  • COMM 430 Media Law and Ethics (3)
  • COMM 399R Internship in Communication (3)
  • BUSM 304 Principles of Marketing Management (3)

New Media Journalism Certificate

Vision and Rationale: Journalism has played an important role in modern society. Recent advancements in communication technologies are shaping the nature and the future directions of the field (e.g. the rise of online journalism and the convergence of various media). However, Journalism as a profession remains a growing area with strong social visibility and impact. Skills and knowledge in new media journalism help students to not only obtain meaningful jobs but also to assume influential positions in their communities/countries because of the significant role journalists play in many parts of the world.

Students are expected to integrate their majors/expertise with this certificate to increase their competitive edge in the job market. For example, this certificate enables a science student's career options beyond his or her major to also include a career in journalism as a science reporter. A similar situation applies across all disciplines.

Learning Outcomes & Essential Skills:

  1. Media writing skills for print, online and broadcast journalism
  2. Web skills to create and maintain news sites
  3. Digital media production
  4. Specialized journalism writing and reporting
  5. Broadcast production
  6. Critical analysis of news reporting
  7. Understanding of and ability to utilize professional ethics and media laws

List of Requirements (15 hours)

Core: Take all of the following (9 hours)

  • COMM 211 Media Writing (3)
  • COMM 313 Cross-Platform Message Design (3)
  • COMM 430 Media Law and Ethics (3)

Electives: Choose two (6 hours)

  • COMM 323 Multimedia Production (3)
  • ART 210 Digital Tools (3)
  • ART 212 Beginning Photography (3)
  • ART/FILM 218 Basic Video Production (3)