VA: Painting & Drawing


Take a contemporary approach that works to integrate painterly and drawing concerns with focused artistic practice and developing critical dialog. As a studio discipline, painting and drawing is as rich in visual arts history as it is charged with contemporary innovation. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques and ideas, exposed to several art-historical and contemporary art practices and are challenged to develop a studio process that involves both formal and conceptual impact. Painting and drawing classes are interdisciplinary in that they allow the use of multiple materials and techniques in the production of a successful art piece or body of work. Students come away with a strong studio skill base, an engaged conceptual framework, and an ability to take part in the exciting discourse of contemporary painting and drawing.

The Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts

The BFA Painting and Drawing emphasis is a fall entry program and only accepts applications once a year; students are required to apply in the sophomore year. For detailed information on portfolio and application materials, consult the following guidelines for painting and drawing: Portfolio Guidelines and Program Eligibility.

Applications must be uploaded to SlideRoom by November 1, 2016, 5:00 pm (Mountain Standard Time). Applications are only accepted online and must be formatted to the specifications listed on SlideRoom (there is a $30 fee to apply).

For step-by-step instructions for submitting a portfolio and application, consult: Portfolio Submission Instructions for SlideRoom.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must have cumulative fine arts/art history GPA of 2.75 and must have completed (or currently enrolled in) the following courses: FINE 1100 Drawing I, 1400 2D Design, 1500 3D Design, 2155 Intro to Digital Photography, 2030 Life Drawing, 2600 Art History Survey I, 2610 Art History Survey II (transfer students do not need to have 2015 and 2610).

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