Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Virginia Commonwealth University

Curriculum

Faculty and students in the Department of Painting and Printmaking work together in a professional and creative learning environment. The undergraduate curriculum enables students to adopt a specialized focus within the discipline and use elective options to pursue other areas of interest in the School of the Arts, the university and the community. It also permits students to tailor a course of study suited to their professional and personal ambitions. The undergraduate program provides students with opportunities for concentrated experiences in both practice and theory as a foundation for independent exploration and artistic development. Classroom discussions invite students to examine a range of contemporary critical issues, which enable them to understand their own studio work in relation to historical continuum. As students develop their skills in critical analysis they are challenged to articulate and justify their ideas both visually and verbally.

The size and diversity of the faculty guarantee exposure to a plurality of ideas and stylistic approaches. In addition, the department’s visiting artist program brings to campus leading figures in the world of contemporary art for discussions of their work, critiques of student work and workshops.

Degree requirements in painting and printmaking

University core Credits
UNIV 111 and 112 Focused Inquiry I and II 6
UNIV 200 Writing and Rhetoric Workshop or equivalent 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical science 3
Approved social/behavioral science 3
Approved quantitative literacy 3
General studies
ARTH 103, 104 Survey of Western Art 6
Art history (200 level or above) 9
English (200 level or above) 6
Open electives (300-level or above studio or academic courses outside PAPR) 9
Studio requirements
Art Foundation Program 14
Painting and printmaking program
Painting
PAPR 205 Painting, Basic 4
PAPR 305 Painting, Intermediate 4
PAPR 3xx or 4xx (painting) 4
Printmaking
PAPR 209 Materials: Printmaking 4
PAPR 31x Printmaking, Intermediate (etching, lithography, screenprinting or digital) 4
PAPR 3xx or 4xx (printmaking) 4
PAPR 3xx or 4xx (painting or printmaking) 4
Drawing
PAPR 221 Drawing, Basic 3
PAPR 321 Drawing, Intermediate 3
PAPR 3xx or 4xx (drawing) 3
PAPR 290 Concepts and Issues 2
PAPR 490 Senior Seminar (capstone) 2
PAPR 3xx or 4xx (department electives) 6
Studio electives (outside PAPR) 8
Total credits 120

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