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Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #751 (QS) , UT,
The College of Fine Arts and Communications teaches students to think, to feel, to perform, and to communicate. Its purpose is to give students the knowledge and skills requisite to a higher education in fine arts and communications.


Illustration as a major form of visual communication in contemporary society provides hundreds of career choices and creative avenues that utilize the skills students acquire in our program. The illustration program is structured to challenge, strengthen, and enhance their abilities to respond to changing markets, to interpret themes and ideas, and to create images both interesting and insightful.

The program is arranged to give students training incrementally—beginning with an understanding of basic image-making skills. Courses such as drawing, figure drawing, and two-dimensional design encourage understanding and clarity of fundamental concepts of line, form, color, space, value, and shape. Competency in these areas is rigorously tested through stimulating and challenging projects, peer-to-peer competition and student/teacher evaluations.

After completing the studio arts core classes, students then apply to the program by submitting a portfolio of work to the admissions committee for review. After admission into the program, students are granted access to a greater variety of classes, and through lecture, demonstration, and experimentation, they engage in more in-depth explorations of the medium, including digital technology, photography, typography, graphic design, and other upper-division drawing courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Seminar: Theory, Criticism, and Visual Culture
  • Drawing
  • Composition
  • Figure Drawing for Illustrators
  • Typography
  • Introduction to Digital Illustration
  • Intermediate Life Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Advanced Life Drawing
  • Issues in Contemporary Design
  • Painting-Mixed Media
  • Sketchbook
  • Character Design for Illustrators
  • Concept Design
  • Professional Practices for Illustrators
  • Introduction to Photography and Digital Workflow

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Submit the application by the appropriate application deadlines.
  • Please note that housing options are dependent upon what is available on any given room selection date. 
  • Students who choose to apply for and attend summer term will have priority selection for fall on-campus housing and fall class registration.
  • Students should apply for the semester or term for which they wish to attend. Requests to change beginning semesters may not be accommodated.
  • The admission criteria are the same for all entry dates. One semester or term is not easier to get into over another. 
  • Applicants intending to serve an LDS mission can view full information about deferring here.
For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    588 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 588 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    294 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 294 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Provo

  • 944 - 1640 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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