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About The Program

The Painting Program consists of courses in acrylic and mixed-media painting offered during the academic year. Courses are taught in the recently renovated Guggenheim Hall Painting Studio, a facility with abundant natural northern light.

  • Degree Overview

    Undergraduate Studies

    The Painting program provides students with a strong technical and creative foundation as well as the opportunity to explore a wide variety of individual directions in painting and mixed media. The curriculum is designed to help students develop their technical, formal and conceptual skills with a focus on individual expression and development of a personal visual vocabulary. At the advanced level, creating a cohesive body of work prepares students for further study and practice of art-making as a professional artist.

    Meet the Faculty

  • Beyond the Classroom

    UNC Galleries

    The Galleries are a teaching program of the School of Art and Design that supports UNC’s mission to promote student-centered, effective learning. Our exhibition program embraces curatorial risk-taking and highlights thought provoking and socially relevant context from regional and nationally recognized artists. The Galleries involve the participation of faculty and students as the advisors, co-curators, and collaborators that enable the program to often realize new work.

    Visit UNC Galleries

    Southard Art Awards

    The Southard Award is the School of Art and Design’s most prestigious competition. Students submit a written proposal selected for a public presentation of creative work. The objective for the competitive process is provide students with an opportunity to develop the materials, documentation and conceptual sophistication, needed in order to pursue advanced academic or professional opportunities upon graduation from UNC.

    Learn More about the Southard Art Awards
  • What Our Students Think

    Mural by Armando Silva

    Art and Design alumnus Armando Silva unveils new mural for the Greeley Stampede. Read more

  • Curriculum

    Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Concentration

    The Painting Program consists of a series of courses in acrylic and mixed-media painting offered during the academic year:

    Painting I (ART 231) is an introduction to the painting process with an emphasis on developing observational, technical and conceptual painting skills. Historical and contemporary approaches to painting are researched and explored in individual projects. Students gain an understanding of color theory and practice, painting techniques, safety concerns, and construction of painting supports, and learn to apply that understanding to individual image-making. 

    Painting II & III (ART 331 & ART 431) provide for continued exploration in painting and mixed media. Goals for these courses include: improvement in technical painting ability, development of individual expression, and creation of a personal vocabulary of shape, form, color, etc., leading to thematic connections. 

    Advanced Painting (ART 432) provides instruction and assistance for students preparing a Senior Portfolio, seeking graduate and professional opportunities, and committing to a higher level of sustained studio production.  Practical issues involved in the making, documenting, presenting, exhibiting, and promoting of artwork are discussed.

    Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Concentration

    Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate

    The Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate can be incorporated into undergraduate studies and consists of twelve credits for completion including students' areas of interest. 

    Learn more about the Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Applications and Scholarships


    Admission to the School of Art & Design does not require any additional steps beyond the UNC application. When you apply for admission to UNC, simply indicate that you would like to declare a major in Art & Design. 

    Painting Admission Requirements


    The College of Performing and Visual Arts awards over $1.8 million in scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students in the arts. There are multiple scholarship types offered to students, including talent scholarships and foundation scholarships. To learn more, visit the PVA Scholarship page.

    PVA Scholarships

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  • Fall semesterAugust 1*
  • Spring semesterJanuary 1*
  • Summer semesterMay 1*
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Painting | School of Art and Design

Painting | School of Art and Design

Painting | School of Art and Design

Painting | School of Art and Design

Painting | School of Art and Design

Painting | School of Art and Design