Drawing and Painting

Female Student painting.jpg

The BFA programs in both Drawing and Painting exposes students to a full range of aesthetic and intellectual pedagogy.

Students investigate various types of media including charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, graphite, aqueous media, oil, and acrylic paint. Through research, experimentation, and critique, they master basic drawing and painting skills and begin to address art's relationship to contemporary issues and ideas.

Drawing sample four-year plan (pdf)
Painting sample four-year plan (pdf)


For current requirements and details, refer to the UGA Bulletin.

Applying to be a Painting & Drawing Major

The Painting and Drawing faculty review new applicants to the concentration twice a year, during the School of Art's Portfolio Review Week.

To be eligible for the Drawing or Painting Concentration you must have completed the minimum:

  • Studio Foundation First year program
  • Drawing Concentration: Completed either ARST 2000 or ARST 2010
  • Painting Concentration: Completed ARST 2100

For questions, please e-mail the area chair of Drawing and Painting Professor Morrison.

Student Profile

Independence of mind, a strong work ethic, and a disciplined attitude towards creativity and expression are essential qualities of any student entering the BFA program in drawing and painting. Students with an interest in this major should bring enthusiasm and rigor and be ready to exhibit a final body of work in their senior year. They must also be able to engage in critiques of their own work and the works of their colleagues


A primary goal for most BFA candidates is developing their careers as exhibiting visual artists.Creating associations with professional and/or college galleries is encouraged and supported. However, Drawing and Painting majors also typically find opportunities in arts-related businesses such as publishing, arts administration, gallery operations, and teaching. At the BFA level, art education certification is required to teach elementary through high school. The MFA degree is required to teach at the college level.