The Painting emphasis encourages and supports a broad range of stylistic and conceptual exploration nurturing your unique artistic voice. Painting students have pursued graduate work in painting, art history and art therapy as well as found employment in careers such as curatorial fields, gallery work, design and education. Students may pursue a B.A. or B.S. in Art Education or a B.F.A. in Studio Art in this emphasis.
BFA Studio Art - Painting Emphasis
Students may pursue a B.F.A. in Studio Art in this emphasis. The B.F.A. in Studio Art is designed for students interested in a professional degree in art or design. This degree will prepare students for a career as a professional Painter. Aside from Painting, eight other Emphasis Areas are available to choose from in the B.F.A. degree.
Faculty and student discuss technique during painting class
In addition to learning the techniques of painting, the program encourages undergraduates to examine the broader social and cultural contexts in which they create their work. At the introductory level, students establish a professional groundwork in media, materials, and processes necessary for their development as painters. As they continue in upper level courses, each is supported in cultivating a personal approach to the medium. This process includes intensive coursework, independent studio projects, critiques, and museum visits that offer students rich opportunities for reflective and engaged learning.
The painting facilities at GVSU include three large purpose-built classrooms. Each studio has ample natural light and offers specialized lighting for figure painting. Students have access to the woodshop to fashion supports for their work. The program also has a dedicated common room for group critiques. Students pursuing a BFA in this program have individual studios.
Prospective Students are invited to attend one of the High School Student Receptions, held throughout the academic year. Receptions follow the Laker Experience Days.