The MFA in Drawing and Painting supports artists who explore unique approaches to the creative endeavor and who transcend boundaries. We are interested in applicants who are searching for new insights into our culture and our time. The faculty encourages the creation of innovative and original ideas.
The curriculum of the Drawing and Painting program ensures a comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various approaches to media, content, imagery and teaching styles of our faculty. Students are encouraged to explore the continuing traditions of printmaking as well as drawing and painting, and also to work in pursuit of new forms and with contemporary issues. While students work in the drawing, painting and printmaking combined seminar for a majority of their studio credit hours, they are highly encouraged to move between media within the discipline as well as with other studio areas within the School of Art and Design.
A stalwart component of the Drawing and Painting graduate program revolves around the students’ assistantships, either as a studio lab assistant or, should the student desire it, in teaching undergraduate level courses. As GTA’s while in the program and after required preparation and instruction, students are encouraged to teach a variety of courses related to their degree including Introduction to Studio, Drawing I, 2D Design and Figure Drawing. These experiences in conjunction with the acquisition of professional skills such as resume writing, job application skills and self-promotion prepare the student with the tools to be a professional artist once their studies are complete.