A degree in Painting and Drawing

"Death-Loss-Love Continued," Miguel Godoy, MFA 2021.

A comprehensive education that fosters innovation and sustains tradition

Students earning their degree in painting and drawing develop formal and technical skills in a range of media and learn historical and contemporary practices and concepts. The curriculum is designed to reflect the diversity and plurality of contemporary painting and drawing, including non-traditional materials and processes and topics relevant to issues facing our society today. In the drawing and painting programs, students develop their own style and create a unique body of work and gain professional skills necessary for pursuing a career in the arts, including those for exhibiting and marketing their work.

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Art (Painting and Drawing), BFA

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Art, MFA

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Studio Art, minor

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Visiting artists of national stature enhance the program with lectures and individual critiques each year. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a variety of venues in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and take advantage of a wide array of internships in the larger art community. Numerous art and performing venues give students an opportunity to experience a plethora of art practice throughout the valley.