College of Fine Arts
Department of Art & Art History
Department Office: 161 Art Building
Mailing Address: 375 S 1530 E Rm 161, Salt Lake City UT 84112-0380
ART Website: www.art.utah.edu
ARTH Website: www.arthistory.utah.edu
Department Chair: Paul Stout, MFA
Director of Art History Program: Elizabeth Peterson, PhD
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Specific Degree Information
The department, through the College of Fine Arts, offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Art History Program administers a BA, an Honors BA, and an MA in Art History. The studio art area offers a BFA and Honors BFA in Art, an MFA in Art and an MFA in Community-Based Art Education.
Both Art and Art History majors and undergraduate students with a major in another department may declare a minor in Art History, Arts Technology, Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing, Printmaking or Sculpture/Intermedia. Certificates in Arts Technology and Book Arts have been developed in partnership with the Arts Technology Program and the Marriott Library, respectively. Please see details for the different courses of study under the Program and Course Offerings section.
The dynamic environment created within the department is fertile ground for those serious about art making, research, critical discourse, and teaching. Our faculty is dedicated to excellence and provides an open, respectful center for diversity and creative expression. The department mentors students in innovation, critical thinking, craft, and exploration and creates exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. The Department of Art & Art History is an outstanding place for students interested in creating a life in the arts.
Art History Program
The Art History Program fosters a dynamic research and learning environment for the study of global art practice, past and present. Our mission is to advance scholarly research and knowledge of art and visual culture within an interdisciplinary framework of diverse theoretical perspectives and methodologies. The program prepares students for advanced academic study and a broad range of professional careers. Students develop skills in thinking and communicating critically through rigorous academic coursework, focused seminars, scholarly research projects, and community-engaged internships.
Studio Art, BFA
The BFA Art and BFA Art Teaching degrees are designed as professional education for those who wish to become practicing artists and/or educators. It also prepares students for advanced training at the graduate level. All potential art and art teaching majors must successfully complete the First Year Studio Program before enrolling in a desired emphasis area: Art Teaching, Ceramics, Cross 3D Focus, Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography/Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture/Intermedia. Acceptance into graphic design is through a Spring Semester portfolio review consisting of work completed in First Year Studio.
Beyond the application to the University, the department does not require a separate admissions process for the BA or BFA; except in Graphic Design, which requires a portfolio review.
Studio Art Transfer Students
Transfer students to art submit a portfolio and transcripts for possible transfer credit to satisfy a portion of the required coursework in the BFA major. Previous art coursework may count toward required courses in First Year Studio as well as freshman- or sophomore-level classes in the intended emphasis area. Students must petition to have art courses from another institution approved for the major through a portfolio and transcript review. No more than 12 examples should be submitted for each class in the petition. Students must retrieve their portfolio within two weeks of notification of results, the department will not take responsibility for portfolios left beyond two weeks. 40 credit hours must be from art classes in the Department of Art & Art History to receive a BFA from the University of Utah. Admittance into the Graphic Design emphasis occurs once yearly. Portfolios for Graphic Design are reviewed in March for admission the following Fall Semester. Contact the Department for the submission date. Note: Graphic Design is a four-year sequential program, or three years if the First Year Studio program is waived during the Spring Semester portfolio review.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
The University office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers a range of funding packages. The department offers competitive scholarship assistance to undergraduate students declaring a major in Art, Art Teaching, or Art History. For specific information on procedures and deadlines, please see the department web site.
The department administers a competitive two-year program for matriculated students for the MA in Art History, the MFA in Art, and the MFA in Community-Based Art Education. Please read details about the courses of study in the Program and Course Offerings sections.
In general, students who apply to the graduate programs in Art History, Art, and Community-Based Art Education will hold an undergraduate degree in the specific field from an accredited college or university. For department admissions committee recommendations on preparation and requirements for each degree, see the Program and Course Offerings sections.
All applicants for the MA in Art History, MFA in Art, and MFA in Community-Based Art Education apply through the Graduate School, which sets minimum admissions criteria for all applicants. Students complete forms through the Graduate Admissions office’s ApplyYourself web portal.
For additional admission requirements specific to these programs, please see the program pages for specific recommendations regarding admission, please see the websites for Art History and for Art.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial assistance through the department for incoming and matriculated students in art history and studio art in increasing. There are opportunities for students to serve as graduate assistants or teaching assistants during the two-year residency. For MA students in Art History, see the Art History Program. For MFA students in Art, consult with the Director of MFA Graduate Studies.
Graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply for a graduate research fellowship for the second year of residency through the Graduate School. Other funding and subsidized packages such as health insurance is offered through the Graduate School.
Program and Course Offerings