VA: Painting / Drawing


Bachelor of Fine Arts – Painting/Drawing Emphasis

The Painting/Drawing emphasis takes a contemporary approach that works to integrate painterly and drawing concerns with focused artistic practice and developing critical dialogue. As a studio discipline, painting and drawing is as rich in visual arts history as it is charged with contemporary innovation. Painting and drawing as a studio practice encouraging a multi-faceted dialogue within this continuum, developing a base of technical skill and an awareness of visual culture while infusing experimental painterly and drawing approaches and theoretical ideas. In painting and drawing students learn to perceive, read and translate the visual world into personal forms of expression and representation. Students acquire knowledge of theory, history and criticism while developing a relationship to the physical production of art.

Painting/Drawing introduces students to a variety of techniques and ideas while challenging them to develop a studio process with formal, conceptual and spatial impact. Painting and drawing classes are interdisciplinary, allowing the use of multiple materials and/or 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 and professional framework, and an ability to take part in the exciting field of contemporary painting and drawing.

The Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Painting/Drawing Emphasis

The BFA Painting/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 2155 and 2610).

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