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Painting and Printmaking, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Special requirements

  • Nine open elective credits are required and may be either academic (lecture) or studio, but must be outside of the Department of Painting and Printmaking
  • Studio courses are designed to be taken in the following sequence: 200 level (basic), 300 level (intermediate) and 400 level (advanced). Instructors may ask you to withdraw from a course if you lack the appropriate background of knowledge and experience.

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 for Painting and Printmaking, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students are expected to achieve technical proficiency in painting and printmaking, and possess the skill to translate their creative ideas through studio practice.
  • Students are expected to develop personal voices as artists based on an awareness of social, historical and critical issues.
  • Students have the ability to think critically and to articulate their ideas via conversation, public speaking and writing.
  • Students comprehend the potential impact of contemporary art on culture.
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional General Education requirements (9 credits)  
General Education electives 9
Collateral requirements (35 credits)  
Art Foundation Program  
ARTF 131 Drawing Studio 3
ARTF 132 Surface Research 3
ARTF 133 Space Research 3
ARTF 134 Time Studio 3
ARTF 139 Project 2
Art history  
ARTH 103, 104 Survey of Western Art 6
Art history electives 9
English electives 6
Major requirements (47 credits)  
PAPR 205 Painting, Basic 4
PAPR 209 Materials: Printmaking 4
PAPR 221 Drawing, Basic 3
PAPR 290 Concepts and Issues 2
PAPR 305 Painting, Intermediate 4
PAPR 321 Drawing, Intermediate 3
PAPR 490 Senior Seminar 2
PAPR 300-level (printmaking) 4
PAPR 300- or 400-level (drawing) 3
PAPR 300- or 400-level (painting) 4
PAPR 300- or 400-level (painting or printmaking) 4
PAPR 300- or 400-level (printmaking) 4
PAPR 300- or 400-level electives 6
Studio electives (8 credits)  
Studio electives (must be taken outside of the Department of Painting and Printmaking) 8
Total 120


PAPR 300-level intermediate printmaking*: 309, 315, 317, 319

PAPR 400-level advanced printmaking*: 409, 412, 413, 415, 419

PAPR 300-level*: 305, 309, 315, 317, 319, 321, 324, 326, 329, 330, 355, 356, 392

PAPR 400-level*: 403, 404, 405, 412, 413, 415, 417, 419, 421, 423, 455, 456, 491, 492

Note: Studio courses outside of the Department of Painting and Printmaking include COAR, CRAF, SCPT, KINE, PHTO, GDES and CINE.

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