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Painting and Printmaking

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking

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About the Program

The Department of Painting and Printmaking is a vibrant community that prepares students to be professional artists and participate in a wide range of roles in the field of contemporary art. When you choose to study in Painting and Printmaking, you’ll join a studio program that’s like a laboratory, where you’ll investigate and redefine your personal vision and its relationship to visual culture. You’ll learn the basics of painting, printmaking, drawing and their relationship to other media and use elective options to create an experience that is either broad in focus or highly specialized. You’ll discover a range of aesthetic and conceptual choices, and better understand the issues and criteria informing artmaking today. You’ll also develop skills in critical analysis and learn how to articulate and justify your ideas both visually and verbally. You’ll have access to leading figures in the contemporary art world as they visit to discuss their work, critique your work and conduct workshops.

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Painting from Observation
  • Experiments in Drawing
  • Print Practice and Theory
  • Color
  • Beyond the Gap: Art into Life

Our alumni are:

  • Artists
  • Gallerists
  • Teachers
  • Printers
  • Designers

art foundation

The Art Foundation program (AFO) is the required first year for all undergraduate programs in the visual art and design departments. It provides you with an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. AFO is designed to help you foster an enthusiasm for your work and the means to reflect analytically and critically. Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all visual arts and design departments: Art Education, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, and Sculpture + Extended Media.

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