Painting

What Is It?:

Painting provides courses that foster the development of students' individual interests, with an emphasis on concept and innovation, critical thinking skills, familiarity with current art theory and practice, and visual and cultural literacy, as well as professional skills and habits that allow students to establish a unique, self-directed studio practice.

The mission is to foster students' growth into working artists with an understanding of the professional art world that will prepare them for advanced study in studio art, for careers in museums, in galleries, in arts agencies, as critics and theorists, and as professional studio artists.

The first year is devoted primarily to the study of design, composition, and the acquisition of both representational and abstract drawing skills. The second year concentrates on introducing the student to beginning painting skills and techniques with further studies in drawing and composition. The last two years are devoted to the development of individual creative expression in painting and other media.

For more information, please visit the School of Art and Design.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ARTF 101—Contemporary Issues in Art
  • ARTF 102—Drawing I
  • ARTF 104—Drawing II

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising
  • Animator/Animatronics
  • Architectural Design
  • Art Administration
  • Art Director
  • Art Educator
  • Art Restorer
  • Art Therapist
  • Background Artist
  • Cinematographer
  • Comic Book/Cartoonist
  • Display Designer
  • Editorial Art Director
  • Environmental Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Gallery Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Photojournalist
  • Set Designer
  • Story Board Artist
  • Transportation Designer
  • Video Director

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Animator
  • Artist in Resident
  • Arts Administrator
  • Backdrop Painter
  • Curator
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Freelance Artist
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Installation Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Portraitist
  • Teacher

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Ability to perceive works of art critically
  • Aesthetic development
  • Artistic competence
  • Conceptual comprehension
  • Develop a personal visual language
  • Mastery of the technical skills of painting
  • Research proficiency
  • Technical experimentation

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Painting, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Painting.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Painting.  These organizations include National Association of Independent ArtistsNational Association of Women Artists, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Painting, visit Undergraduate Programs.