Art—B.F.A., Concentration in Drawing/Painting

At its most basic level, drawing and painting is making marks on a surface, though painting includes a wide variety of mediums and approaches. Students who choose this field are people who appreciate the expression of ideas or feelings through purely visual means. In dedicated, well-lit and well equipped studios, students learn to render realistically, but may choose to pursue abstraction, self-expression, or conceptual approaches. This concentration leads to the development of a cohesive body of work, a professional portfolio, and BFA exhibition. 


  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) in Art Courses of 3.0.
  • BFA students are required to pass a Senior Review and Exhibition in order to complete the program.


Transfer students may have up to 30 credits from an Associates in Fine Arts Degree applied to major course requirements in the BFA program if approved by a faculty advisor or the department chair.

Required Foundation Courses:12
ART 110Two Dimensional Design3
ART 111Three Dimensional Design3
ART 115Drawing Studio I3
ART 185Computer Graphics3
Required Art History Courses:12
ART 106Contemporary Art3
ART 131World Art II3
ART 202Philosophies of Art3
Art History Elective (200-400 level)3
Required Studio Courses:36
ART 207Painting Fundamentals3
ART 214Drawing & Composition II3
ART 219Life Drawing I3
ART 245Color Theory3
ART 300Portrait Painting3
ART 305Life Drawing II3
ART 307Relief Printing3
ART 309Silkscreen3
ART 357Digital Imaging Photography3
or ART 230 Photography I
ART 404Figure Painting3
ART 405Experimental Painting3
ART 415Studio Painting3
Art Electives:15
Select 5 Art courses in consultation with a faculty advisor
Required BFA Courses:6
ART 450Portfolio Preparation1
ART 465Bachelor Fine Arts Seminar1
ART 398Studio Research I2
ART 399Studio Research II2
Total Art Credits:81
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
MATH 114
Contemporary Mathematics
or Statistics I
ART 115 Drawing Studio I 3
ART 110 Two Dimensional Design 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College * first time freshmen only 1
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
ART 131 World Art II 3
ART 111 Three Dimensional Design 3
ART 185 Computer Graphics 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 1
ART 106 Contemporary Art 3
ART 219 Life Drawing I 3
ART 245 Color Theory 3
Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 2
ART 207 Painting Fundamentals 3
ART 219 Life Drawing I 3
Art History Elective (200-400 Level) 3
Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
Semester 1
ART 214 Drawing & Composition II 3
ART 300 Portrait Painting 3
Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 2
ART 404 Figure Painting 3
ART 307 Relief Printing 3
ART 202 Philosophies of Art 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 1
ART 405 Experimental Painting 3
ART 357 Digital Imaging Photography 3
ART 309 Silkscreen 3
ART 398 Studio Research I 2
General Education Tier II Course 3
Semester 2
ART 415 Studio Painting 3
ART 399 Studio Research II 2
ART 450 Portfolio Preparation 1
ART 465 Bachelor Fine Arts Seminar 1
Studio Art Elective 3
General Education Tier III Capstone 3
 Total Credits117

**BFA Students are Exempt from the Creative Process and Production Mode of Inquiry Course Requirements within General Education Tier I and Tier II.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.F.A., concentration in Drawing/Painting, students will be able to:  

  1. Compose artworks in a range of visual art studio practices with technical proficiency.
  2. Analyze formal elements of works of art, craft, and design or other items of material culture.
  3. Interpret works of art in light of the social and historic context in which they were produced.
  4. Develop a professional art/design portfolio.
  5. Produce an art/design exhibition thesis.