Jan 23, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Painting and Drawing Emphasis, Fine Arts BFA

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The painting & drawing emphasis takes a contemporary approach that works to integrate painterly and drawing concerns with focused artistic practice and developing critical dialogue. As a studio discipline, painting and drawing is as rich in visual arts history as it is charged with contemporary innovation. Painting and drawing as a studio practice encourages a multi-faceted dialogue within this continuum, developing a base of technical skill and an awareness of visual culture while infusing experimental painterly and drawing approaches and theoretical ideas. In painting & drawing, students learn to perceive, read and translate the visual world into personal forms of expression and representation. Students acquire knowledge of theory, history and criticism while developing a relationship to the physical production of art. 

Painting & drawing introduces students to a variety of techniques and ideas while challenging them to develop a studio process with formal, conceptual and spatial impact. Painting and drawing classes are interdisciplinary, allowing the use of multiple materials and/or techniques in the production of a successful art piece or body of work. Students come away with a strong studio skill base, an engaged conceptual and professional framework, and an ability to take part in the exciting field of contemporary painting and drawing. 

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required for each course applied toward a College of Arts & Media major, minor or certificate requirement. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will not fulfill a major, minor or certificate requirement. A grade of P is acceptable for courses in which the only grade available is Pass or Fail.
  2. All upper-division visual arts courses must be taken at CU Denver unless approved otherwise by Department of Visual Arts faculty.
  3. At least 27 semester hours of visual arts credits (at any level) must be taken at CU Denver.
  4. At least 24 semester hours of total visual arts courses must be upper-division.

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