College of Fine Arts



The University of Utah College of Fine Arts faculty and programs challenge, immerse and ultimately prepare the committed student for a rewarding career in the arts. While here, students study under passionate, world-renowned faculty who provide exciting, diverse experiences that are truly life changing for our students. And the rigorous practice and ardent curriculum prepares our students to gracefully transition from their education into meaningful lives as artists, scholars, and educators. Our alumni become change factors in their communities and full participants as global citizens.


Fine Arts Scholarships for Artistic Merit

The University of Utah recognizes that students with high artistic talent enrich the experiences of the greater university community. The Fine Arts Scholarship for Artistic Merit program recognizes incoming freshmen students who through the audition and portfolio processes demonstrate high artistic merit and potential.

The Fine Arts Scholarships for Artistic Merit awards for in-state students are $5,000 a year for up to 4 academic years or graduation, whichever comes first.

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Emerging Leaders Program

The College of Fine Arts Emerging Leaders program assists our undergraduate students in creating and participating in leadership opportunities both on campus and off. There are three major components to the program: Student Advisory Committee, Emerging Leaders Internship Program, and the College of Fine Arts Internship Opportunities.

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ArtsForce events and workshops help you, current College of Fine Arts undergraduate students, transition from college into a successful and rewarding career in any field you choose. Each year, a team of your peers intern to create events and workshops. These are opportunities to receive mentoring, network with established artists, businesses, and organizations, and develop skills needed for professional growth after college. ArtsForce wants you to succeed!

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Arts Pass Program

Immerse yourself in the arts through the Arts Pass program. As a University of Utah undergradaute student, your Ucard gives you free or deeply discounted access to visual and performing arts that leave you inspired to create. With the Arts Pass program, you can attend exhibitions, performances, concerts, screenings and virtual events. Learn more about future events today.

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Art & Art History

The undergraduate studio art program will prepare you for an exciting career in creative expression. This program offers education in topics such as visual arts, animation, education, or design. The curriculum helps students to develop a range of hands-on, formal, and conceptual skills.Ultimately, an Art BFA will allow you to understand contemporary art theories, engage with new forms, and explore art as an active part of culture today. Students choose from the following emphases:

  • Ceramics
  • Cross 3-D: Ceramics & Sculpture
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Photograph/Digital Imaging
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture Intermedia

Art History
Satisfy your curiosity and learn how art and culture intersect through the University of Utah’s Art History program. Art history is the study of the artistic endeavors of peoples around the globe, and professional art historians seek to understand the context of art: why art and architecture are made and how they relate to historical and cultural circumstances.

Student Experiences at the U

Summer study abroad programs offer further education in prints, printmaking, and drawing in an international setting. In addition to academic development, the College of Fine Arts also helps students prepare for life after graduation through the ArtsForce program:

  • The ArtsForce program is an event and workshop-based initiative that connects students to fellow peers, faculty members, and mentors to provide them with networking and professional development skills.

Art History
Students wishing to enrich their academic studies may complete an undergraduate research project or internship, allowing them to pursue an area of interest at a deeper level. You can also complete a study abroad program, studying the culture, art, and art history of a current or past civilization. Outside of the classroom, be sure to network and plan for your future by joining ArtsForce, a student-led initiative to offer workshops, events, and career advice to College of Fine Arts majors and minors.

Career Opportunities

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Sculptor
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Printmaker
  • Ceramic artist

If visual design interests you, the Art BFA equips the art training to become an expert in a variety of fields that requires visual expertise such as:

  • Art agent
  • Art director
  • Art gallery dealer
  • Art professionals in museums and community art organizations

Careers as an art instructor, art professor, or art journalist are also possible.Art History With your degree in Art History, you will be well-suited to a career in either the public or private sector. The skills in visual analysis and interpretation that you learned will be appealing to these employers:

  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Libraries
  • Historical societies
  • Arts councils
  • Publishers
  • Auction houses
  • Educational facilities

You can also work as the following:

  • Estate or art appraiser
  • Film or television producer
  • Freelance writer
  • Graphic designer
  • Teacher

If you decide to pursue an advanced degree, you can become a professor, librarian, curator, museum or university administrator, or lawyer.


Department Scholarships

Degrees offered

Ceramics Minor
Printmaking Minor
Sculpture Intermedia Minor
Art History
Art History BA
Art History Minor

Department of Art & Art History


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