The Painting Concentration is a studio-intensive program of study that prepares students to produce work of professional competence focusing on mastery of both traditional and contemporary practices and technical skills. It is designed to contextualize a studio practice within an art historical context, with a focus on progressive representational and contemporary figurative art. Individual creative expression is encouraged, with a strong emphasis on concept, and aesthetics informed by required Art History courses and topics.
The Painting Concentration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Adhering to the College’s strong general education requirements, and building from a strong foundation in observational drawing, design, and color theory, our painting concentration is designed to contextualize a studio practice within an art historical context, with a focus on progressive representational and contemporary figurative art.
Through the sequence of drawing and painting courses, our curriculum fosters a balance of technical proficiency and creative exploration to develop students’ intellectual capacity and ability to conceive, initiate, and complete original work according to their own vision.
This 78-credit hour degree prepares students for advanced studies, graduate studies, or for beginning careers as professional painters or visual artists. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses.
Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class.
The Painting/Drawing program offers facilities which includes two drawing studios and three painting studios. Additionally, our senior painting students enjoy semi- or private/independent painting studio space with maximum access.
The culminating FAR 410 Senior Studio in Painting course, is an immersive studio experience where students develop an individualized body of work for the B.F.A. exhibition through venues on campus or off campus supervised by the area’s faculty. This senior exhibition is planned and installed by the students to prepare them for varied aspects of mounting a professional exhibition. No grade is assigned.