The BFA curriculum in painting provides students with basic painting concepts taught in inspiring ways, to expose students to the range and multiplicity of ideas that generate contemporary approaches to painting, to stimulate a full understanding of those concepts and to challenge students to develop a personal vocabulary of painterly forms and create a store of visual ideas relating to their own lives and experiences.
The sequence of courses in painting starts with the 2000-level where color, figure-ground and chiaroscuro are explored in both theory and practice. The students' work is divided between carefully structured assignments and individually contracted projects.
At the 3000-level, students go through a broadening experience that includes figure painting from live models, experimental painting, advanced work in 2-D composition and serial exploration of individually defined projects. In this intense two-semester sequence the students gain a wide-ranging understanding of what it means to think like a painter.
In the culminating 4000-course, students move into the dedicated senior painting studios to develop the critical and conceptual skills needed to realize a personal painterly vision.
The Graduate programs in Painting and Drawing are designed to further the student's art making practice through the development of enhanced conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills. The program also provides the student access to a variety of courses including: classical and contemporary art history and theory, criticism, museum studies and professional practice for the studio artist. Graduate faculty offer direct instruction through a series rotating, topic specific Painting and Drawing graduate seminar courses, as well as individual instruction on a tutorial basis, meeting with individuals or small groups regularly.