Major Description

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.


Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • ARTF 101—Contemporary Issues in Art
  • ARTF 102—Observational Drawing
  • ARTF 104—Expressive Drawing
  • ARTF 106—Visualization Drawing
  • ARTS 251—Beginning Painting
  • ARTH 110—Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture

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

Possible Career Opportunities:

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.

  • 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
  • Animator
  • Artist in Resident
  • Arts Administrator
  • Backdrop Painter
  • Curator
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Freelance Artist
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Installation Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Portraitist
  • Teacher
  • Animator/Animatronics
  • Architectural Design
  • Art Administratior
  • 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

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

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Further Information:

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.