In ​the Painting ​Emphasis, students will master the skills and concepts ​required to become confident and productive professional artists. Students will be prepared for a lifetime of involvement in the arts and create a portfolio of work ​ranging between still life, landscape, ​figurative​, and abstract works.

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Master Skills for Life’s Canvas

Students pursuing a degree in the fine arts will become part of a group of driven individuals who find great purpose, meaning, and enjoyment in art. This degree will give students the tools necessary to effectively communicate visually. By being exposed to various art styles, concepts, and ways of thinking, students will gain a deeper understanding of art as a whole. Through this process, students will develop their own ​artistic voice and taste. Under the supervision of the faculty at BYUI, students will develop a professional portfolio that will serve to represent them and their work in the professional world.

This degree is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or as a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA).

I came to BYUI because my art teacher in high school said, 'Find a professor who paints how you want to paint because they will teach you to paint the way they do.' This may seem like common sense, but it has changed my life... I came to BYUI and found what I was looking for. The professors here did beautiful work... Please never change... I have learned from many other wonderful professors. They all have taught me valuable lessons that have enabled me to succeed... I have been set up for success... Thank you everyone for the wonderful education I received. I will forever have fond memories of BYUI and my time spent in the Spori

Stephen M.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Art have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

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Gallery Artist

These artists work closely with a team of gallery representatives whose sole job is to sell their work. ​A highly independent but demanding career, gallery artists set their own working hours and choose the ​approach and subject matter they wish to paint.


These artists work on a commission basis. Working closely with state and local government, businesses, or private individuals, they help to create their employer's vision. Muralists get to travel and see the world as they work.Career Description

Portrait Artist

These artists capture the essence of a person or pet in a work of art. They set their own hours and work from anywhere in the world.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 19 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Art Painting emphasis is right for you, take the following classes first:


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