The painting and drawing program in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art offers a balance of formal, technical and conceptual approaches with the goal of producing work that is individually expressive and engages an awareness of art's historical and contemporary issues.
Students begin by developing the skills of observation and representation, then move to more complex issues of space and color. Advanced courses continue the examination of contemporary issues and emphasize the development of an individual body of work through core/foundation courses in:
Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, providing comprehensive preparation for professional practice, also are offered in the following areas:
Students in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at UA also may earn a Bachelor of Arts in:
The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, located in Folk Hall, offers 70,000 square feet of learning space — enabling students to explore new areas of creative research and ensuring that their professional skills are cutting edge. Well-equipped studios are devoted to:
Folk Hall also is home to the Emily Davis Art Gallery, which showcases art and design of regional, national and international significance as well as student, juried student and scholarship exhibitions.
In addition, art majors benefit from the visiting artists and lecture series sponsored by the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art.
Students are encouraged to participate in co-op programs and internships. In recent years, students have participated in co-op and internship programs at such diverse sites as:
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The B.F.A. in Painting/Drawing paves the way to follow a wide variety of career paths — such as artist, illustrator, graphic designer, instructor, curator, gallery owner, interior/exterior designer or art therapist.
The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to: