Studio Art MFA

Program Purpose


The MFA in art, a terminal degree, is dedicated to generating artists with significant skills and understandings that can influence the discipline. In alignment with current trends in art, the program accommodates and nurtures students working in any medium or discipline, including but not limited to:  Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Performance, Installation, Digital and New Media.

The department has an open structure allowing students to move freely between disciplines while developing as artists, scholars, and teachers. Students can focus on one area of exploration or can work out an interdisciplinary program of study. Students have beautiful classrooms, labs, and studio spaces, enjoy access to our museum of art and work closely with faculty in small classes and a highly personalized and mentored environment.

The program at Brigham Young University benefits from the wealth of a well-rounded, spiritual approach to learning. We have excellent physical facilities in each of the areas of study. The geographic isolation of Provo, Utah, located in the midst of the Rocky Mountains, is a pleasant experience, and is complemented by a world class museum on campus, which has a steady stream of national and international exhibitions. An active departmental agenda of national and international travel further compliments the small town profile of Provo.

Learning Outcomes


Art Historical Context

Students will examine art past and present through required on and off campus learning experiences, and will locate their work within this larger context.

Courses that Contribute: ART 320 ART 626 ART 695R VASTU 619R VASTU 680R VASTU 695R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Human knowledge
Final Thesis Project

Students will create a body of work that meets the requirements for the MFA Final Thesis Project including a project proposal, project report, and exhibition of a cohesive body of their work, which meets the expectations of a MFA degree.

Courses that Contribute: ART 626 ART 695R VASTU 619R VASTU 680R VASTU 694R VASTU 695R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Spirituality, Ethics and Art

Students will critically examine spiritual values and ethical issues relevant to art.

Courses that Contribute: ART 320 ART 626 ART 640 ART 695R VASTU 680R VASTU 695R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Lifelong service
Professional Preparation

Students will demonstrate an awareness of and preparation for teaching opportunities and professional studio, gallery, museum and other art-related work.

Courses that Contribute: ART 626 ART 640 VASTU 619R VASTU 680R VASTU 694R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong service

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement