Off-campus learning experiences are an integral part of the department’s mission and enhance on-campus program offerings. The disciplines within the Department of Art have been actively sponsoring study abroad, field studies, internships, field trips and other off-campus learning experiences for more than forty years. These activities take place within the United States and abroad, including past off-campus learning programs in Egypt, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Hawaii, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Mexico and Morocco.
Most years department faculty lead a 7-week study abroad during spring or summer term. Participating students have the opportunity to take art courses, experience a range of cultures and artistic traditions, make art and meet one-on-one with the lead professors. Alumni of the department have traveled all over the world with the study abroad program. Most recently, students have studied in Italy, Morocco, Spain, Berlin and Tibet.
Although directed by faculty from the Department of Art, the study abroad is open to students across the university. Experiential learning funds help offset program expenses, along with scholarships for both majors and non-majors. Interested students should submit an application during the prior fall semester.
In 2019, Art Department professors Bryon Draper and Fidalis Buehler will lead students to Greece and Italy to study the development of art in these countries, and its influence on Greek and Italian culture and European art. After traveling to various locations throughout Greece and Italy, students will set up studios in Florence and Rome to make art in response to their experiences. For more information about the study abroad program, visit the Kennedy Center website.
“Being in Italy made me set goals and parameters for my own art so that I’m not just a copy machine, but rather a voice of help, offering new ideas to the world.”
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
The Summer Intensive Program offers advanced art students the opportunity to produce self-directed, independent projects under the close mentorship of faculty members. Participating students enroll in ART 394R (Special Projects) and ART 480R (Advanced Studio) during summer term and are required to log at least 20 hours of studio time each week, facilitated through unconventional workspaces. Thursday and Friday classes provide time for instruction, critiques and field trips, which sometimes extend into the weekend. Past field trips include travel to many of Utah’s unique landscapes and iconic land artworks, as well as a road trip to Los Angeles to explore contemporary museums and galleries.
The 2019 Summer Intensive Program will be co-directed by Professor Joe Ostraff and Associate Professor Chris Lynn. They have planned trips to Los Angeles; Southern Utah and Colorado, including Moab and Mesa Verde; and West Desert, including the Salt Flats, Wendover Air Base, Iosepa and the Sun Tunnels.
Field trip travel and lodging expenses, and entrance fees to national parks, will be provided through experiential learning funds. Tuition, other fees, material costs, museum admissions and food must be covered by the students
“I worked harder for and gained more from [the summer intensive] than any other class I have taken at BYU. Ultimately I was able to do more work and better work than I had previously hoped.”
Art students have the opportunity to participate in a range of internships around the globe. These mentored learning environments provide valuable hands-on experience with artists and art-related institutions. Students receive university credit for completing an internship and fulfill degree requirements while progressing toward graduation. Faculty facilitate internship opportunities and serve as mentors for art interns throughout their experience.
Many BFA and MFA students have had the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors as they were placed with prominent artists in Berlin, Vienna, Ireland and Los Angeles. Over the last few years, 15 art students have worked side by side with Berlin-based artist David Thorpe on an ambitious sculptural project. Students have also interned with Torben Giehler and Peter Linde Busk in Berlin, Kirsi Mikkola in Berlin and Vienna, and Monique Prieto and Elizabeth Huey in Los Angeles.
Internships are often funded in part with experiential learning funds, scholarships and Oscarson Discovery Grants. Students who are interested in completing an internship should speak with a potential faculty mentor to discuss options.
“It was really valuable to see the process Elizabeth went through to narrow ideas and transform information into a successful painting. Observing her process had a lasting impact on me and made me want to refine my own approach to research and art making.”