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Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)

With a Painting emphasis in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, you’ll build strong painting skills with hands-on studio time. You will also develop problem-solving and decision-making skills for all artistic disciplines in a classroom setting.

This is an intense and immersive studio experience, coupled with inspiration from world-class art museums in the city and exposure to a wide range of visiting artists and critics.

The structure of our curriculum allows you to focus on painting while also exploring and collaborating across other fine arts disciplines. You'll expand your cultural and intellectual understanding of the world, and prepare to navigate the complexities of being an artist in today's world.

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Student Spotlight

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Sarena Johnson


Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
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Rush Jackson


Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
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Jessica Dowicz


Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)

In the Fine Arts major, you’ll study with professional working artists who exhibit nationally and internationally.

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Faculty Spotlight

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Rebecca Sack

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Program Director; artist whose paintings court the extremities of stability and riot, growth and decay
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Marcelino Stuhmer

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Award-winning artist whose work includes painting, drawing, written fiction, video and immersive art installations


The curriculum of the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Painting is based on a framework of research, studio experimentation, artistic invention and daily practice. Personal vision and artistic innovation anchor the development of work for significant cultural contributions and dialogue, gallery and museum exhibitions, and creating work for diverse communities and public spaces. To that end, you will be given assignments designed to develop conceptual skills and become proficient in the necessary processes and techniques appropriate to your artistic vision and intention.

Students who complete the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Painting will

  • demonstrate independent, creative problem-solving and original thinking through the development of a distinct and personal approach to art-making informed by contemporary issues and historical precedents.

  • demonstrate critical and conceptual development through research and analysis, applying readings, theories and methodologies toward the production of critically informed artworks.

  • acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs and productive citizens, including further study at the graduate level.

  • effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the thoughts behind their choices and decisions concerning content and strategies.

  • demonstrate proficiency in a number of advanced techniques in individual studio practice, including a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

Sample Curriculum

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First Year

Drawing: Objects & Space
Art History Survey I
Writing I Placement
Free elective (your choice)
Body as Form or Found & Fabricated
Drawing: Natural Forms & the Human Figure or Drawing: Ideation
Art History Survey II
Writing II Placement

Second Year

Painting course*
Sophomore Projects
Critical Studies (your choice)
Thinking Through Science
Free elective (your choice)
Digital Requirement**
Expanded Materials
Painting Course***
Discipline history (your choice)
Contemporary Issues

Third Year

Concepts in Painting 
Painting Strategies
Junior Projects/Discourse
Contemporary Issues 

Fourth Year

Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork
Painting course†
Critical Studies (your choice)
Free elective (your choice)
The Artists' Manifesto
Professional Practices
Fine Arts Thesis Studio

UArts Painting alumni are carving out successful and fulfilling careers in their specific disciplines and across many creative fields.

Alumni & Careers

Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Jonathan Lyndon Chase

BFA '13 (Painting)

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Exhibitions include Green Hall Gallery at Yale University, The California African American Museum, Los Angeles
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Samantha Morris

BFA '17

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Residencies in Norway & Iceland, work has been published in FreshPaint Magazine, Opción Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine
Justin Rubich
Justin Rubich

BFA '10

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Artist, and Media Relations Coordinator for the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Heet Lee

BFA '16

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Solo exhibition at Museum der bildenden Kunst in Leipzig, Germany
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Dan Walsh

BFA '83

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)
Internationally recognized painter featured in the prestigious Whitney Biennial.

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