Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Drawing and Painting

Drawing and Painting continues to play a vital role in human artistic expression. The program at Loyola University Chicago is focused on Drawing, Painting & Printmaking as an artistic discipline that has a rich global history, encompassing many diverse perspectives and approaches, and which explores the relationship of traditional practices to recent advances in technology and in purpose. The curriculum guides students in learning the technical foundations, aesthetic strategies and conceptual approaches, and the cultural / historical perspectives of the medium.  Through the program, students build their ability to pursue Drawing, painting and Printmaking as a means of creative exploration and intellectual investigation.

Loyola University Chicago has designed a streamlined course sequence of 42 credit hours for students interested in earning the BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. The program is housed in the Mundelein Center at the Lakeshore Campus. The facilities feature recently renovated studio spaces for beginning drawing and painting, a separate studio for intermediate and advanced drawing and painting, and a printmaking studio.

The Drawing and Painting Major shares a common Foundation with all the Studio and Applied Majors within the division.  This sequence is comprised of four courses that include: Drawing I, 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Color Theory. Majors receive a solid grounding in Art History by taking both Prehistoric to Renaissance and Renaissance to Modern courses.  Majors explore diverse facets of Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking in a six course Applied sequence that include: Painting I, Printmaking I, Painting II, Figure Studio, Drawing II, and Advanced Studio Workshop.  Unique to Loyola’s BA program is capstone experience that culminates in a Senior Exhibition of the student’s creative work.

The curriculum builds a foundation that enables students to pursue a broad range of career paths.  It provides an experience that prepares students to apply to graduate programs and pursue a career in contemporary art as an artist or curator or gallery professional. It develops techniques for students who are interested the commercial applications of the medium (illustration/graphic design).  Finally, as a program that emphasizes the ability to create and analyze images, the curriculum offers skills that are relevant to numerous fields beyond the medium that rely on conceptual thinking and communication through visual means (architecture, design, advertising, media studies, and visual anthropology).


Development and Career resources for Drawing and Painting Majors and Minors can be found on Loyola’s Career Development Center Website.

Development and Career resources for Drawing and Painting professionals can be found at the College Art Association Website.