Academic Programs of Study

Painting

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art

  • Diverse faculty of accomplished working artists
  • World class facilities and semi-private studios
  • Trips to NYC galleries and museums, distinguished visiting artists

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Painting at Marywood

Students in our painting program explore the fundamental elements and concepts that govern visual language. Through close individual guidance, you will gain expertise and knowledge that will help you navigate both the painting profession and the world at large. Our goal is to help you become an independent creative thinker—aware and engaged in a broad visual dialogue—who is confident and assertive in your own artistic voice.

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John Meza
Associate Professor of Art

Pamela M. Parsons
Chair, Associate Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Graduate Painting

Steven Brower
Associate Professor, Area Coordinator - Illustration, Director MFA - Graphic Design/Illustration

Dennis Corrigan
Assistant Professor of Art
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, built in 2001; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.  The large and airy third floor art studio is dedicated space for advanced painting students. The room has moveable partitions for configuring semi private work areas according to class size.

Computer resources include AutoCAD software, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting AutoCAD software.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.

Diana

I had several job offers immediately after graduating from Marywood.

I graduated in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia.  I am currently a Visual Web Designer Consultant for Verizon Wireless.  I had several job offers immediately after graduating and chose the Verizon Wireless position because I am a big fan of the company and knew it would be an amazing experience. 

I have worked on numerous innovative projects and have been responsible for many of the visual elements on the Verizon Wireless website, which is visited by millions of customers.  My assignments have included home page marquees, landing pages, page redesigns, and even being assigned the responsibility of Lead Designer for the Valentine's Day 2015 creative and device launches.  I absolutely love my job and am so thankful for this opportunity.  Every day is a new challenge and I welcome it.

Looking back, I believe that Marywood's school size contributed a great deal to my achievements.  I do not think I would have been able to do as much as I did at a larger school.  At Marywood, the classes were small and professors were always available to answer questions.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Emphasis

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.

Common Requirements Courses for 2-D Emphasis and 3-D Emphasis 

Foundational Courses
18 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 233* Painting I
3
ART 241 Computer Graphics
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

*Graphic Design Majors must take ART 210, Introduction to Typography, in place of ART 233, Painting I.

Additional Common Courses
12 credits

ART 113* Art History I
3
ART 114* Art History II
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
3
ART XXX Art History Elective or Studio Elective
(Art Therapy students required to take Studio Elective)
3
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review
0
DEAN 071 Undergraduate Degree Candidacy
0

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.

B.F.A.
Painting Track

48 credits

Students in the Painting track explore fundamental elements and concepts that govern visual language. Through close individual guidance, students gain expertise and knowledge to become confident, independent, creative practitioners, able to navigate the opportunities of the painting profession, and the world at large.

ART 215A Figure Drawing I
3
ART 215B Figure Drawing II
3
ART 327 Intaglio
3
ART 345 Painting II
3
ART 429 Advanced Drawing
3
ART 435 Contemporary Art History
3
ART 443A Painting III
3
ART 444A Advanced Painting
6
ART 444B Advanced Painting
6
ART 444C Advanced Painting
6
ART 444D Advanced Painting
6
ART 455 Professional Contribution (Exhibit)
0
ART Elective Studio or Fieldwork
3