Painting at the U of M is taught within the broader cultural, historical, and contemporary
context in which art is made and experienced. Within this context, our undergraduate
and graduate students have a rigorous experience in the discipline of painting. Instruction
in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and other media, as well as opportunities for mixed media
exploration with other areas, is combined with an investigation and discussion of
art theory and contemporary issues. Small classes allow the attention students need
to develop personal interests, aesthetics, and thinking skills. Our faculty and visiting
artists provide both group and individual attention through lectures, demonstrations,
discussions, and critiques.
Students are introduced to a variety of techniques and principles about the nature
of painting with the intention of encouraging individual exploration. Undergraduate
painting students are required to take courses in the other fine art concentrations.
Because contemporary art frequently takes the form of multimedia works, painting students
often create works that incorporate other art media such as collage, photography,
drawing, sculpture, digital imagery, and installation.
baccalaureate degree in chosen concentration or related discipline
official undergraduate transcripts
portfolio of 20 - 30 slides
2 letters of reference
statement of intent
Teaching and service assistantships are available to students enrolled in 12 credit
hours of coursework.
36 hours of 7000 level studio courses
9 hours of graduate level art history
9 hours of 6000 or 7000 level electives
6 hours of ART 7996, Thesis