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School of Art and Design


Undergraduate Admission Information

Students wishing to concentrate in Painting and Drawing must submit a portfolio using the following guidelines and prerequisites.

Portfolio reviews are conducted at the end of every semester. The dates are announced in class and posted around the building. Students must sign up with the Painting and Drawing area coordinator by the designated date and have their portfolio submitted on time. Students accepted into the program will be assigned a Painting and Drawing faculty advisor.

Portfolio Review: Painting and Drawing BFA Submission Process
It is recommended that students submit to the Painting and Drawing concentration while enrolled in ART 2561 or 3561.  Submission should take place before the completion of no more than four painting courses including survey.

Prerequisites for submissions:
1.    ART 1005:  Design I
2.    ART 1015:  Design II
3.    ART 1020:  Drawing    
4.    ART 1030:  Figure drawing
5.    ART 2560: Painting Survey: Materials and Methods
6.    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
Art 3566: Portrait Painting

The portfolio should include the following:

•    Approximately 8 paintings. This may include a balance of paintings with significant development (4 to 5) accompanied by quicker paintings done for preliminary research or studies (3 to 4).  Paintings do not need to be framed.
•    A minimum of 6 drawings. Drawings may be submitted in a portfolio folder.  They do not need to be framed or matted.
•    Two to three pieces from a class or classes outside of painting. This could be work from foundation level design, survey level, or any advance studio outside painting and drawing.
•    The portfolio will need to be accompanied by photographic reproductions of the work submitted.  This includes all paintings, drawings, and work from outside of painting.  (Download PDF for format.)

The submitted work should demonstrate technical skills in drawing and painting including effective ideation, composition, and use of color.

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Work Habits/Demonstrated Motivation     Grades (GPA above 2.5 in Art)
Conceptual development            Drawing Skills
Compositional Skill                     Color Use
Technical Proficiency                  Presentation

Students submitting portfolios to the BFA in Art 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 in Art Painting and Drawing concentration.  In the School of Art and Design, a portfolio review is required for admission to upper level (4000) painting studios.
Students not accepted into their preferred program or area of concentration should be prepared to seek alternative areas of concentration and/or degree programs.


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:

Work Habits/Demonstrated Motivation     Grades (GPA 3.0 or above in Painting & Drawing)
Conceptual development            Drawing Skills
Compositional Skill                     Color Use
Technical Proficiency                  Presentation
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.
Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Work Habits/Demonstrated Motivation     Grades (GPA 3.0 or above in Painting & Drawing)
Conceptual development            Drawing Skills
Compositional Skill                     Color Use
Technical Proficiency                  Presentation
Communication Skills

For additional information about the Painting and Drawing concentration, contact Beth Blake (blakeb@ecu.edu)