Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. All Painting majors must complete the BFA curriculum and General Education requirements.

  • Students must earn a C- or better in Painting (PDS 2011 or PDS 2111) and Intermediate or Digital Drawing (PDS 2311, PDS 2321, PDS 2331, PDS 2341 or PDS 3341) to enter the Painting major.
  • The eight required Junior/Senior courses and PDS 3596 must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements. 

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Painting

Sophomore Requirements

Painting
PDS 2011Painting3
or PDS 2111 Painting
Drawing
Select one of the following:3
PDS 2311
Intermediate Drawing
PDS 2321
Intermediate Drawing
PDS 2331
Intermediate Figure Drawing (spring only)
PDS 2341
Digital Drawing (fall only)
PDS 3341
Digital Drawing

Notes:

  • PDS 2051 is suggested, but not required, for those interested in becoming a Painting major.
  • PDS 2511 is strongly recommended for students interested in Painting or Sculpture as a major.
  • Students may only take 3 Painting/Drawing courses in the sophomore year; other 2000-level PDS courses may be used as electives for the junior/senior year.

Junior and Senior Requirements

Four (4) Advanced Level Painting courses (see Painting list below)12
Two (2) Advanced Level Drawing courses (see Drawing list below)6
Two (2) Advanced Level Painting or Drawing courses (see Painting/Drawing list below)6
PDS 3596PDS Seminar (Capstone, WI) 13
1

PDS 3596 counts as one of the two required writing intensive courses. The other writing intensive course must be an Art History course.

Advanced Level Painting Courses
PDS 2051
Painting Materials & Techniques
PDS 3021
Landscape (fall only) 1
or PDS 4021
Landscape
PDS 3041
Color
or PDS 3141
Color
or PDS 4041
Color
PDS 3031
Figure Painting
or PDS 4031
Figure Painting
PDS 3211
Painting on Paper
or PDS 3221
Painting on Paper
PDS 3011
Advanced Painting
or PDS 3111
Advanced Painting
or PDS 3112
Advanced Painting: Rome
or PDS 4011
Advanced Painting
or PDS 4111
Advanced Painting
PDS 4072
Senior Painting Studio 2
PDS 4172
Senior Painting Studio 2
Advanced Level Drawing Courses
PDS 3021
Landscape 1
or PDS 4021
Landscape
PDS 3341
Digital Drawing
PDS 3351
Rome Sketchbook
PDS 3411
Advanced Drawing
or PDS 3412
Advanced Drawing: Rome
or PDS 3421
Advanced Drawing
or PDS 4411
Advanced Drawing
PDS 3431
Figure Drawing
or PDS 3441
Figure Drawing
or PDS 4431
Figure Drawing
or PDS 4441
Figure Drawing
PDS 3451
Interactive Projects
Additional Advanced Level Painting/Drawing Courses
PDS 2051
Painting Materials & Techniques
PDS 3011
Advanced Painting
or PDS 3111
Advanced Painting
or PDS 3112
Advanced Painting: Rome
or PDS 4011
Advanced Painting
PDS 3031
Figure Painting
or PDS 3431
Figure Drawing
or PDS 3441
Figure Drawing
PDS 3232
Fresco Painting
PDS 3351
Rome Sketchbook
PDS 3411
Advanced Drawing
or PDS 3412
Advanced Drawing: Rome
or PDS 3421
Advanced Drawing
PDS 4072
Senior Painting Studio 2
PDS 4172
Senior Painting Studio 2
1

PDS 3021 and PDS 4021 may be taken for Painting and/or Drawing Credit.

2

Students wishing to enroll in PDS 4072 or PDS 4172 must be jury-selected by the faculty and special approval is needed to register.

Notes: 

  • Do not duplicate any courses previously taken for Drawing or Painting credit.

  • Painting or Drawing courses taken in excess of the required eight courses will count as studio electives. This is a common practice encouraged by the Painting Faculty.