Undergraduate students working towards a Studio Arts degree can select drawing or painting as their area of emphasis. The diverse faculty in the drawing and painting area are working contemporary artists whose professional practices exist within the tradition and challenge the boundaries of drawing and painting.
The area also offers a concentrated degree in drawing and painting in the form of a Bachelor of Fine Arts. This is a highly competitive degree and students must apply to the BFA program with a portfolio that displays a unique vision, internal drive, and advanced understanding of practice that sets them apart from the average studio arts major. Once accepted into the BFA program students will be expected to develop a technical proficiency in their media, engage in a critical dialog with their peers, investigate the conceptual underpinning of their own ideas and interests, and work closely with the full time faculty. Every BFA student will be assigned a faculty mentor. This degree is intended for students that believe they want to be a professional in the arts community.
All students in the drawing and painting area must show a rigorous commitment to their creative impulse and a willingness to foster their intellectual curiosity through their chosen media.
Graduates: The drawing and painting area offers a competitive two and a half year Master of Fine Arts degree. The diverse faculty in the drawing and painting area are working contemporary artists that exhibit both nationally and internationally. Working alongside these and other faculty in the department offers students the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of experimentation and interdisciplinary pursuits, all the while receiving critical feedback from a variety of perspectives. An emphasis is placed on conceptual rigor and the current dialog of your inquiry.
MFA Students choose a graduate committee comprised of no fewer than four faculty members with two from the drawing and painting area and all others from any other area within the department including art history. First year MFA students must pass a first year review in order to advance onto the second year. A second review will occur at the end of your degree in conjunction with your MFA thesis show held in the CU Museum. Equal weight is given to the written thesis and thesis portfolio. Students must pass both reviews to receive a degree.