Department of Visual Art & Design Programs and Minors

The Department of Visual Art & Design (DOVAD) curriculum is designed to offer students specialized majors in a wide variety of emphases while equipping them with a solid foundation in art history and aesthetics. Weber State University offers four degree programs: A pre-major Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Art (BA) in General Art, Art Education Composite Bachelor of Art (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a focus in any of the five areas listed below. Art Education BA and BFA students complete their degrees in conjunction with the Moyes College of Education. Prospective BFA students apply to the program as they complete their foundations courses.

To Minor or Not Minor? Information provided here will help answer some of your questions. We always advise you set up an appointment with your academic advisor on a semester basis. 

Foundations: The Foundations program serves as the core curriculum for the Department of Art and Design . It is designed to foster a knowledgeable, creative, community of artists and designers. Classes are structured to encourage a strong work ethic, disciplined practice and ambitious creative goals. Hand skills, technical abilities, and compositional strategies, in concert with critical analysis, historical knowledge, and theoretical background will offer students the tools to develop elegant and appropriate solutions to a broad range of aesthetic problems.

The Studio Foundation includes courses in visual studies, drawing, 2D design, 3D design and color theory that introduce students to a range of creative approaches. These courses are required for application to the BFA program, and serve as prerequisites for many upper-level, discipline-specific courses.

Art Education:  prepares the teaching candidate for the rigors and rewards of a career in the classroom. DOVAD offers both a BFA in Art Education and a BA Art Education Composite degree, along with a Minor in Art Teaching. Students move on to completing teaching certifications and working in a diverse range of educational contexts.

2D Media: majors specialize or diversify their study in painting, drawing and printmaking as they explore a range of techniques and theoretical perspectives. Students go on to work as exhibiting artists, pursue graduate study, or apply their critical and creative experience in a variety of fields.

3D Media: provides a comprehensive environment for learning current and emerging practices in three-dimensional media including sculpture, ceramics and public art. Students continue on to graduate study, work in arts organizations and studios and use their technical and collaborative skills in a range of careers.

Photography: provides technical expertise in both analog and digital imaging and introduces the critical skills and theoretical insights necessary for students to articulate their ideas into art forms. Graduates work as exhibiting artists and in photography-related professions.

Graphic Design: program provides a well-rounded professional education balancing critical inquiry and conceptual development with formal aesthetics. Employment options for graduates include design for web/interactive media, exhibitions, brand management, packaging, publishing, advertising, and other forms of graphic communication.

Students may extend their studies through any of the following programs. These opportunities support interdisciplinary work, independent inquiry and professional preparation.

Departmental Honors eligibility and application procedures.

Pre-Architecture in Partnership with the University of Utah program requirements.

Study Abroad includes biennial trips to Venice and short excursions both within the US and abroad.

Bachelor of Integrated Studies application information for self-designed interdisciplinary study.