College of Fine Arts and Communications

Brigham Young University is home to the award-winning College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC), which has an international reputation for consistently producing exceptional students and graduates.

Housed primarily in three locations across campus, the college boasts the university’s largest number of limited enrollment programs, or majors that require an application and/or audition qualification process. The CFAC offers 22 majors and 11 minors across six disciplines — art, dance, design, communications, music, theatre and media arts.

Our students have access to specialized classrooms, labs, studio spaces and exhibits, including the BYU Museum of Art. As both active audience members and presenting artists in five performance venues in the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC), students step beyond their classwork to get real-world application and experience. Students also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors in small classes and highly personalized environments.

Home to about 3,500 undergraduates at any one time, the CFAC encourages students to develop creativity, collaboration and faith through class projects, field studies, internships, studies abroad and other learning experiences including:

  • Performing with professional musicians, choreographers and other guest artists
  • Writing scripts for on and off campus film and theatre productions
  • Working on production sets for various media markets
  • Recording and editing music for multimedia projects
  • Working on client-based projects in Design, BYU AdLab and Y Digital Strategy Lab
  • Researching with professors and other professionals about pressing issues
  • Working with visiting professional scholars in all disciplines
  • Gaining experience in broadcast, print and digital reporting with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Collaborating with universities and both national and international artists

In both its educators and visiting industry professionals, the college hosts a vibrant community of artists, designers, performers, communicators and scholars focused on nurturing students in a wide range of disciplines. Students develop fluency in the traditions of the arts and communications while meeting the challenge to experiment and develop strong conceptually grounded voices.

Additionally, there are audition performance groups available to students, including:

Performing groups travel the world and have taken their talents to places such as China, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa, South America and Central America, Russia and Canada. This international study experience leads to an enriched and cultured body of students.

College of Fine Arts and Communications students have many travel opportunities including an annual study abroad program, field studies and international internships. Recent programs include travel to New York, Hawaii, California, England, Germany, Italy, France, Indonesia, Japan and Columbia.

Our students understand the influence that their words and art can carry. They continually share their talents and individuality with our campus and ultimately leave BYU prepared to bring their light to the world. As you begin your BYU experience, we invite you to consider joining our College of Fine Arts and Communications legacy.     

For information regarding academic programs, please contact the CFAC Advisement Center in person at D-444 HFAC, by phone at (801) 422-3777 or by email at cfacadvise@byu.edu. For information on other opportunities, please contact the appropriate department or school within the college.