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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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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Pamela M. Parsons
Associate Professor of Art

Mark Webber
Assistant Professor

John Meza
Associate Professor of Art

Sam Olfano
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.


I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.

I graduated from Marywood University in May 2014 and currently work as a Communication Specialist for Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC), a small non-profit organization based outside Philadelphia.  MVC places volunteers for one year of service in cities across the United States and South America.  Their mission is to support people who are poor and marginalized through the efforts of our volunteers, support teams, alumni, and staff. 

As a Communication Specialist, I am responsible for the marketing of their brand and their internal and external communications.  My responsibilities range from producing monthly newsletters to press releases on their new volunteer positions and service site expansions.  MVC is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, so I also work closely with the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy.  Working for Mercy Volunteer Corps as a graphic designer has given me many opportunities to expand my skills.  I work with some of the most wonderful people who are always supportive of my creative process and encourage me to continue learning through conferences, webinars, and other events.

I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.  Mercy Volunteer Corps is truly the dream job for me and I could not have gotten where I am without the support and guidance of the Marywood community!

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 Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, 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.

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

15 credits

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

Studio Art (2-D)
Painting Track

63 credits

Students in the 2-D painting track learn to manipulate versatile media through an introduction to the important concepts that govern visual thinking. Through close, individual guidance, advancing students are challenged increasingly to branch efforts into what is essentially their own experience.

ART 113* Art History I 3
ART 114* Art History II 3
ART 215A Figure Drawing I
ART 215B Figure Drawing II
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era 3
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review 0
ART 327 Intaglio
ART 345 Painting II
ART 429 Advanced Drawing
ART 435 Contemporary Art History
ART 443A Painting III
ART 444A Advanced Painting
ART 444B Advanced Painting
ART 444C Advanced Painting
ART 444D Advanced Painting
ART 445 Professional Contribution (Exhibit)
ART Elective Studio or Fieldwork
ART Elective Studio or Art History
ART Elective Studio

*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.