Visual Arts




Administrative Assistants


Academic Advisor


Associate Professors

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


Assistant Professors

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


Special Instructors

  • Christy, Olivia, Art Education (1985) B.A. 1981, Brigham Young University.
  • Houghton, Caryn, Art History (2009) B.A. 1992, Brigham Young University; M.A. 2014, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
  • Merrill, Ann, Art History (2013) B.S. 1996, Brigham Young University.
  • McConnell, Anna, Art (2017) B.S. 2011, Brigham Young University.
  • Saenz, Monique, Photography (2003) B.F.A., Brigham Young University-Hawaii. M.F.A. 2010, Academy of Art University.


Emeritus Faculty

  • Alisa, Mata'umu (1997-2011)
  • Miller, Dwight E. (1978-2012)

Programs and Degrees

The Visual Arts Program offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (art) as well as bachelor's degrees in art, and art education. 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 Program include the following and are described below.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (Graphic Design)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (Graphic Design)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (Painting)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (Painting)
  • B.A. in Art Education
  • Minor in Painting
  • Minor in Sculpture
  • Visual Arts Minor


Programs 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.


Programs Descriptions

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.



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