Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Go from doodling and sketching to drawing and painting!
This minor will add to your overall education by improving your creativity while expanding and refining your coordination, fine motor skills and ability to imagine. Strengthen your memory through visual, semantic and motor skills.

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Why Earn a Drawing and Painting Minor?

Pursuing your passion for drawing and painting means investigating a wide range of issues and media rooted in contemporary and historical art practice.

Students are encouraged to work across a broad range of contemporary and traditional painting and drawing practices, concepts, aesthetic conventions, methods and techniques. The breadth and depth of our program are built upon the diversity of expertise of our faculty and their shared commitment to excellence as working artists and thoughtful teachers.

In addition to learning about methods, materials, composition and color, drawing and painting, like other forms of art, aid in relaxation and stress relief. The minor in D&P can increase self-confidence, improve your concentration, motor skills, visual analysis abilities and improve hand-eye coordination — benefits to enjoy all your life.

Drawing and Painting Minor Highlights

We provide many opportunities to exhibit your work as you progress through the program with competitive exhibitions held on campus in the Paul Voertman Gallery and the Cora Stafford Gallery.
Our faculty members are accomplished artists who are active and respected participants in the professional art world. Each faculty member exhibits their artwork nationally and internationally and maintains a high profile in their field.
The Drawing and Painting program excels in supporting students as they expand their artistic capabilities by providing and cultivating an intellectual and creative environment for students to explore, experiment, and think critically.
Our facilities also include multiple computer labs, a wood and sculpture workshop, and a fabrication lab.
Our College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and is considered one of the best in the Southwest.

Drawing and Painting Minor Courses You Could Take

Beginning Drawing and Painting: Painting I (3 hrs)
Introduction to painting practices and issues, including the study of methods and materials (oil, acrylic, tools, building of supports and surfaces), composition, value, color, and pictorial space centered on observation. Focuses on the capacities of painting and introduces students to technical and historical issues central to painting.
Foundations: Perception and Translation (3 hrs)
Focuses on the translation of visual phenomena using a variety of digital and analog drawing (mark-making) materials.
Intermediate Drawing and Painting: Figure Drawing I (3 hrs)
Visual observation of the nude figure and interpretation through various graphic techniques.
Intermediate Drawing and Painting: Figure Painting (3 hrs)
Painting the nude human figure and exploration of the figure as a subject and narrative device. Introduction of formal issues and conceptual strategies related to painting the figure.
Intermediate Drawing and Painting: Themes, Variations and Series (3 hrs)
Exploration of the strategy of the series in drawing and painting to deconstruct, transform, distill, unpack, or otherwise evolve an idea.
Intermediate Drawing and Painting: Experimental Approaches (3 hrs)
Experimental Approaches to drawing and painting through stretching, subverting, and challenging traditional boundaries.

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