BFA Painting

The Painting concentration embodies the significant cornerstones of studio practice: visual literacy, aesthetic understanding, and technical skills. The curriculum offers a broad range of materials, techniques, and processes in its representational and non-representational approaches to art making. Disciplines inherent in the Painting concentration include Drawing and Printmaking. Foundation-level courses focus on a greater understanding of pictorial principles and design through still life, landscape, interior and invented motifs. Observational analysis, spatial relationships, and compositional strategies are emphasized in the progressive stages of the curriculum. Intermediate life drawing courses focus on the human model and the representation of form and structure in a composed space. Advanced courses concentrate on the exploration of ideas and images to develop and encourage personal expression.

The Visiting Artist-in-Residence program offers students the additional opportunity to engage with a broad range of working artists who are invited to spend one semester teaching painting and drawing to undergraduates and graduates. Students work with an artist in a classroom/critique environment and are invited to attend an exhibition and lecture on the artist's work.

Painting Faculty

List of Courses

These are the courses required by the Painting concentration. For a suggested schedule of courses for Painting students, see the schedule at the bottom of this page. For more information on these and other available courses, see the UNCG course bulletin.

For students entering UNCG 2014-2015, core courses required for the Painting concentration:
(all other students should check the appropriate Undergraduate Course Bulletin)

  • Foundations Program (27 s.h.)
  • 221, 232, 321, 322, 335, 337, 420, 482 (24 s.h.)
  • 2 Printmaking courses ART 226, 228, 229, 428, 429 (6 s.h.)
  • 3 Art or related electives (it is recommended that these courses be at 300 level or above) (9 s.h.)

Elective courses in painting include:

  • ART 322: Variable Topics in Drawing
  • ART 439: Painting: Selected Media
  • ART 529: Multi-Media Print

Senior Exhibition Requirement: All seniors enrolled in the BFA Programs must exhibit their work in the annual Senior Exhibition held each spring and fall semester. Students are encouraged to consult the UNCG Undergraduate Bulletin for course descriptions.

Suggested Course Schedule

This list outlines the schedule of courses recommended for majors in the Painting concentration. For more information on courses and requirements, see the UNCG course bulletin. For information on advising, see the Art Department's page or contact the Department.

University Minimums: 122 Hours Required, 36 at or above the 300 level. Department Minimums: 12 Hours at or above the 300 level in Art History

Freshman Year - Foundation Program in Studio Art

Studio Foundation Program Courses:

  • Foundation Semester 1: ARH 110, ART 105*, ART 120, ART 140 and ART 150 (fall)
  • Foundation Semester II: ARH 111; ART 220, ART 240 and ART 253 (spring)

* required for students entering Fall 2016

Sophomore Year

Semester III

  • ARH 112
  • ART 221
  • ART 232
  • General Ed. (choose 2 courses; preferably with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

Semester IV

  • ART History (choose 1 from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • ART 335
  • ART 321
  • General Ed (choose 2 courses; preferably with GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

Junior Year

Semester V

  • ART History (choose 1 from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • ART 337 and one printmaking course
  • ART 321 (may be repeated) or 322 (if offered)
  • General Ed. (choose 1 course; preferably with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • Recommended 18 credit hours

Semester VI

  • ART History (choose 1 from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • One printmaking course
  • ART 393 Practicum/Internship - ideal for those seeking professional training. May count as art or art related elective
  • ART 496 Spec. Probs. Studio
  • ART 321
  • General Ed. (choose 1 course; preferably with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • Recommended 18 credit hours

Senior Year

Semester VII

  • ART 482
  • ART 496 Spec. Probs. Studio
  • ART 321
  • One printmaking course
  • General Ed. (choose 1 course; if possible, choose one with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)

Semester VIII

  • ART History (choose 1 from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • ART 482 (if not previously taken)
  • ART 322