B.F.A. in Painting & Drawing

Students want to grasp the “whys” and “hows” of professional art-making. We guide and challenge them to begin mastering traditional skills, and push them to adapt them to newer media. Students gain hands-on knowledge of making their own paint and other materials, and develop their skills through in-depth instruction and experimentation with a wide range of techniques. Among the tactics we use to teach these lessons are: projects, creative workshopping, collaborations, internships, exhibitions, and visits by working artists. We help students hone intuitive processes, expanding visual literacy to enhance their path to becoming working, independent artists. They are introduced to entrepreneurial skills to help break into the highly competitive business of producing, marketing, and honestly committing to careers as image-makers.

Course Requirements

Students pursuing this major must complete the requirements linked below.

Why Choose This Degree?

A B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing allows you to:

  • Strengthen your ability to observe and record nature and figures accurately, and express your creativity through various painting and drawing mediums
  • Build upon your knowledge and appreciation of art’s impact on the past and present
  • Prepare you to pursue an MFA (Master’s of Fine Arts), the highest level of study for Painting and Drawing
  • Better your creative thinking, intuition, problem-solving, and visual literacy skills

Why Earn it at Greensboro College?

At Greensboro College, earning a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing means you’ll have the unique opportunities to:

  • Create art that will impact our Greensboro community and beyond through classroom projects and internships
  • Gain the intuitive and visual literacy skills to be an independent artist
  • Challenge your creativity and grow alongside equally passionate peers and faculty
  • Have personalized, one-on-one attention and help from our faculty so you can stay on track with your career goals

What Can I Do After Graduation?

With your B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing, you will be ready to pursue a graduate degree in the fine arts or begin your creative career in several art-related professions as a:

  • Craft and Fine Artist
  • Landscape Painter
  • Portaitist
  • Cartoonist/Caricature Artist
  • Animal Art Specialist/Naturalist Illustrator
  • Literary/Children’s Book or other Illustrator
  • Advertising Illustrator
  • Muralist/Public Art Specialist
  • Printmaker
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Concept Artist for figurative and background imagery
  • Decorative/Interior Art Specialist (trompe-l’oeil, for example)
  • Pattern/Detail Designer for publishing or other businesses
  • Gallerist
  • Art Director
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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.