BFA in Painting

The Painting program promotes painting as a fundamental form of visual and artistic expression. The principal component of the Painting program is studio activity, and students explore various forms of painting in the first years of the major. Students also consider the roles of sight, insight, and perception in relation to processes of making from the foundation level onward. Critical dialogue and rigorous expectations about studio practice support work toward a young artistic vision in upper-level courses.

The sequence of seven semesters of Painting courses is intended to provide a solid base for postgraduate involvement in the larger art world. In the foundation year, observational studio work is combined with inventive assignments as a means for students to learn about medium, form, content, broader artistic concepts, and the kinds of questions they wish to address with their work. The post-foundation sequence includes Painting II and Painting III in the sophomore year, Junior and Senior Painting Studios, Painting Techniques I, and three semesters of seminar courses. Students have their own studios in the upper level and work in individual conversation with the professor and in group critiques with one another to develop a cohesive and ambitious body of work and to refine artistic voices. The BFA Painting major culminates in the BFA thesis exhibition, which includes a written component.

Students are also expected to develop a strong drawing practice and to verbally critique and write about their own and others’ work.  Writing and visual research are strengthened in three semesters of Art History. A range of additional studio electives encourage students to see and make creative connections between diverse practices.

Painting Program of Study

Prerequisites to Elect the Painting Major (40 prerequisite credits total):
CFA AR 131 and 132 Drawing I 8 cr
CFA AR 236, 238, 239, 250, 270, 318, 425, 447, 448, 451, 452, 500, 518, or 747 Drawing or Printmaking elective 4 cr
CFA AR 141, 241, 242 Foundation Painting, Painting II, Painting III 12 cr
CFA AR 121 Foundation Sculpture 4 cr
CAS AH 111, 112 Art History 8 cr
CAS WR 100 Freshman Writing 4 cr
Painting Major Requirements (44 credits total):
Drawing and Printmaking electives 10 cr
Sculpture elective 4 cr
CFA AR 341, 342, 345, 346 Painting Major Studios (minimum 4 semesters) 18 cr
CFA AR 547 or 548 Painting Techniques 2 cr
CFA AR 329, 331 Junior and Senior Contemporary Issues Seminars (2 cr each) 4 cr
CFA AR 332 Senior Painting Seminar 2 cr
CAS AH 393 Contemporary Art History 4 cr
Electives (48 credits total):
Sciences/Social Sciences/History 8 cr
Language/Literature/Philosophy 8 cr
Additional liberal arts electives 12 cr
Additional studio or general electives 20 cr
132 cr