Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

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  • Course description
    Students seeking professional portfolios will pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) This degree allows for a special concentration in a particular field such as; ceramics, painting, printmaking, graphic design, imaging arts, or sculpture. Admission to the B.F.A. program is by competitive portfolio review after the student has completed 18 hours of studio art.

    B.F.A. Interviews are held mid-semester in the fall and spring. To apply:

    1. Fill out an application and submit it to the art office with a current copy of your transcript. An interview time will then be arranged by the department secretary.

    2. With the help of your advisor, choose work from each of your studio classes to present to the faculty.

    3. Write an artist’s statement about your goals and the purpose of your visual work from which you will give a 5-minute presentation during the interview.

    4. If granted entrance to the program, the student will participate in the B.F.A. Forum each semester until you are enrolled in thesis. Grades in Department of Art courses of less than a “C” will no be counted toward this degree.

    Painting is offered as an area of study for both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Painting is a traditional and broad artform consisting of representational, imaginative, or abstract designs produced by application of coloured paints to a two-dimensional, prepared, flat surface. The elements of design (i.e., line, colour, tone, texture) are used in various ways to produce sensations of volume, space, movement, and light. The range of media (e.g., tempera, fresco, oil, watercolour, ink, gouache, encaustic, casein) and the choice of a particular form (e.g., mural, easel, panel, miniature, illuminated manuscript, scroll, screen, fan) combine to realize a unique visual image.

    Students may produce realistic or abstract paintings and receive special instruction in portraiture, still life, and plein-air painting. Drawing instruction with various materials including charcoal, chalk, pastels, and pencils is an important part of preparation for painters.
    Philip Jackson is the head of the painting program and is assisted by three graduate students.

    The painting facilities are located on the second floor of Meek Hall. They include two large workrooms for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Painting classes. These rooms are furnished with easels, cabinets, storage, taborets and a spray booth. There are also four private studios for painting graduate students.

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