With a Painting + Drawing Concentration in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, you’ll build strong technical 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 and drawing 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.

Heet Lee '16 | Thesis Installation
Sarena Johnson '18
Collin Scott '16
Samantha Morris '17
Yeeun Kang '17



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Sarena Johnson


Painting + Drawing
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Jared Rush Jackson


Painting + Drawing
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Jessica Dowicz


Painting + Drawing

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

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Charles Browning
Charles Browning

Painting + Drawing
Realist paintings depict scenes from the past that explain something important about who we are now
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Rebecca Sack

Painting + Drawing
Painter of vibrant, large-scale still lifes

Sample Courses in the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Painting + Drawing

First Year
Drawing: Objects + Space
Drawing: Natural Forms + The Human Figure
Body as Form

Second Year
Studio Practice 
Discipline Fundamentals 
Research and Practices 
Painting Materials and Processes
Drawing into Painting
Electronic Media/Production

Third Year
Concepts in Painting 
Painting Strategies
Junior Projects/Discourse
Contemporary Issues 

Fourth Year
Advanced Studio Practice
Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork
The Artist’s Manifesto
Professional Practices
Fine Arts Thesis Studio


About the Curriculum

The curriculum of the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Painting + Drawing 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 as well as creating work for diverse communities and public spaces. To that end, students will be given assignments designed to develop conceptual skills and become proficient in the necessary processes and techniques appropriate to their artistic vision and intention.

Students who complete the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Painting + Drawing 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 their individual studio practice, including a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Painting + Drawing, students will complete a total of 126 credits as follows:

  • 39 credits in the Fine Arts Major (including 5 classes in Painting + Drawing)
  • 18 credits in College of Art, Media + Design Core Studies
  • 6 credits in School of Art Core
  • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
  • 12 credits in Art History
  • 30 credits in Liberal Arts
  • 16.5 credits in Free Electives

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

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Jonathan Lyndon Chase

BFA '13

Painting + Drawing
Exhibitions include Green Hall Gallery at Yale University, The California African American Museum, Los Angeles
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Dan Walsh

BFA '83

Painting + Drawing
Internationally recognized painter featured in the prestigious Whitney Biennial.
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Samantha Morris

BFA '17

Painting + Drawing
Residencies in Norway & Iceland, work has been published in FreshPaint Magazine, Opción Magazine, ArtMaze Magazine
Justin Rubich
Justin Rubich

BFA '10

Painting + Drawing
Artist, and Media Relations Coordinator for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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