Painting and Drawing

BFA in Art, Painting


Submission to the Painting and Drawing area takes place at the end of each semester. Students wishing to concentrate in Painting and Drawing must submit a portfolio using the following guidelines and prerequisites.

Prerequisites for Submissions

  • ART 1030: Figure Drawing
  • ART 2560: Painting Survey: Materials and Methods
  • Enrollment in or completion of one of the following course:
    • Art 2561: Painting: Composition - Design for Painting
    • Art 3561: Painting Studio I
    • Art 3562: Figure Painting

It is recommended that students submit to the area while enrolled in ART 2561: Painting Composition or ART 3561: Painting Studio I. Submission should take place before the completion of no more than four painting courses including survey.

The submission portfolio should include a minimum of 8 paintings, 6 drawings, and evidence of the student's research process. This may be a sketchbook, a blog, or digital journal that includes preliminary drawings and/or compositional studies for paintings, information gathered for your assignments, and/or information on artists that influence you.

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria

  • Conceptual development            
  • Drawing Skills
  • Compositional Skill                    
  • Use of Color
  • Technical Proficiency                  
  • Grades (GPA minimum 2.6 in Art)

Students submitting portfolios to the BFA painting and drawing concentration must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 in the survey and all studio art concentration courses attempted. Students may not submit more than twice for the BFA Painting and Drawing degree program. The submission portfolios are reviewed by all painting and drawing faculty. Acceptance into the area by portfolio review is required for admittance into 4000-level painting. See PDF file for full submission guidelines.

Painting and Drawing 12-Hour Review

Candidates in the BFA Painting and Drawing program will present their work for review after the completion of 12 semester hours of painting courses. This review needs to take place before the midpoint of their fifth painting course. The purpose of the review is to evaluate the student's progress and to determine the potential for completing the programs requirements on an acceptable level, including the potential for the completion of a successful and cohesive senior exhibition.

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria

  • Conceptual development            
  • Drawing Skills
  • Compositional Skill                     
  • Use of Color
  • Technical Proficiency                  
  • Grades
  • Work Habits/Demonstrated Motivation  
  • Communication Skills

The format of this review will be an in-person oral defense. The student should be prepared to answer questions regarding conceptual and formal aspects of their work.

After the completion of the 12-hour review students will receive guidance to improve the quality and/or quantity of their work.  If a student is identified as working on an unsatisfactory level and/or with questionable potential for completing a body of work acceptable for a senior show, they will be officially warned. Should a student receive an official warning they will need to meet with the area coordinator to discuss the parameters for continuation within the Painting and Drawing concentration.

Senior Show (Final portfolio and exit interview)

Candidates in the Painting concentration must take at least 9 s.h. of drawing or printmaking courses beyond the foundations requirements and at least 18 s.h. of painting courses beyond the survey, including at least 3 s.h. at the 4000-level.

During the student's final semester he/she shall complete, frame, and install a senior exhibition of work and pass an exhibit interview with at least two members of the Painting and Drawing faculty. The student must create a post card or poster to advertise the exhibition and turn in a CD containing jpeg images (approximately 4"x6" at 300 dpi) of all work included in their senior exhibition to the area coordinator.