Brigham Young University is home to the award-winning College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC), with an international reputation for consistently producing exceptional graduates.
Housed primarily in three locations across campus, the college has the largest number of limited enrollment programs (majors that require an application and/or audition qualification process). The CFAC offers 17 majors and 11 minors across six disciplines—art, dance, design, theatre and media arts, communications, and music.
Also, a collaborative interdisciplinary major exists in the Music Dance Theatre (MDT) program, in which students are trained to excel in all three disciplines to become multidisciplinary experts, or “triple-threats” as they are referred to in the industry.
The students have access to specialized classrooms, labs, and studio spaces, and enjoy access to the BYU Museum of Art and five performance venues in the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC). Students also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in small classes and a highly personalized and mentored environment.
Home to more than 3,500 undergraduates (at any one time), students are encouraged to collaborate across the disciplines through class projects, field studies, internships, studies abroad and other learning experiences. Opportunities include:
- Performing with professional dance choreographers
- Playwriting/screenwriting for on and off campus productions
- Working on production sets for various media markets
- Recording and editing music for multimedia projects
- Client-based experiences in Design, BYU AdLab and Y Digital Strategy Lab
- Working with visiting professional scholars in all disciplines
- Collaborative work with universities, national and international artists
The college hosts a vibrant community of artists, designers and scholars focused on nurturing students who work in a wide range of disciplines. Students develop fluency in the traditions of the arts and communications while being pushed to experiment and develop strong conceptually grounded voices.
Additionally, there are audition performance groups available to students, including:
- BYU Philharmonic
- Chamber Orchestra
- BYU Singers
- BYU Men’s Chorus
- BYU Women’s Chorus
- Cougar Marching Band
- Wind Symphony
- Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band
- Jazz Voices
- Folk Music Ensemble
- International Folk Dance Ensemble
- Ballroom Dance Company
- Theatre Ballet
- Contemporary Dance Theatre
- Young Ambassadors
- The Young Company
Performing groups travel the world and have performed in places such as China, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa, South and Central America, Russia and Canada. This international study experience leads to an enriched and highly cultured body of students.
Art and design students have many travel opportunities including an annual study abroad program, field trips to New York City and Los Angeles and international internships. Recent programs include travel to Nepal, Germany, Italy, France, England, Spain, Tonga, New Zealand and Australia.