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Drawing and Painting

Build from a common studio arts and art history foundation, and go on to pursue independent, self-generated upper-level studio work. You’ll investigate a wide range of traditional and experimental approaches and areas of study, and explore a variety of aesthetic ideas and theories.

Related career Paths

Students with a concentration in drawing and painting may enter into such fields as art therapy, art restoration, art administration, education, and commercial arts administration.


Drawing and painting involve different studio skills and approaches, but are closely interrelated areas of the visual arts. Students in this concentration begin their studies by completing the Foundation requirements then move on to the intermediate and advanced curriculum, designed to foster a disciplined and technically informed approach to independent, self-generated upper-level studio work and investigation of a wide range of traditional and experimental approaches and areas of study. The program encourages students to develop interdisciplinary interests, to work with a wide range of media, and to explore a broad range of ideas. Students in the drawing and painting concentration must complete — in addition to the foundation courses — two required drawing/painting courses at the intermediate level, one in a related studio arts discipline, and one Interdisciplinary Critique class for a minimum of 20 credits beyond the core foundation. Students in the concentration interested in pursuing individual interests in depth may also elect tutorials and independent projects.

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Painting studio critique with Jacob Fossum

Studio Art 234/434: Painting and Drawing Studio

This course is designed for those who have a desire to further their studio practice within a community of their peers. The course will focus on establishing a personal studio practice through the communal exploration of contemporary themes as it relates to the inception and creation of two-dimensional art. Students will also be expected to practice process journaling within their sketchbooks through drawing and writing, and to participate in group critiques at the completion of the project. There will be one required field trip to NYC to visit artists' studios. Prerequisites: Studio Art 103, Studio Art 113, or permission of the instructor. This course has a studio fee.

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