Painting Option


PSU’s Painting Program has a strong commitment to instilling fundamentals and sound painting practices. A logical progression of complexity of issues, both technical and conceptual, is explored throughout the painting curriculum, where the primary focus is to prepare you to become a confident, self-reliant, independent artist.

Students enrolled in any of the art degree programs are required to take an introductory level course in painting, Painting I. If you choose to concentrate your studies in painting, there are several options: a bachelor of fine arts with a major in painting, a bachelor of arts with a major in painting, or a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with painting as the studio area concentration. Students with a non-studio major can also take painting as a minor.

Mission StatementDegree RequirementsFacility

The 2D program will provide you with a positive environment in which a broad range of artistic viewpoints can flourish. You’ll build a solid foundation of perceptual, technical, and theoretical knowledge that will help you pursue your direction of choice. Combining a sound foundation with experimentation and risk-taking is vital for the skilled artist of the future. Exposure to a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches to art making is necessary for students to make informed choices when developing individual visual ideas and directions. The faculty prides itself on nurturing diversity and independent thinking and nurtures students in their search for a personal artistic vision.

Studio Art Option

120 credits

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
AR 1045 Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content 4
AR 1065 Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning 4
AR 1075 Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language 4
AR 1080 Art Foundations: Digital and New Media (TECO) 4
AR 2520 Drawing: Figure in Value 4
AR 3010 Painting: Theory and Process 3
Ceramics Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3220 Foundations of Ceramics: Exploration
AR 3230 Foundations of Ceramics: Wheel Explorations
Printmaking Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3295 Printmaking Foundations: Cut, Carve, Etch
AR 3325 Printmaking Foundations: Silk and Stone
Sculpture Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3060 Foundations of Sculpture: Representing the Body (QRCO)
AR 3160 Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas (QRCO)
Studio Electives - complete 8-9 credits of 3000/4000 level courses from ONE of the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture [not ARDI] 8-9
AH 1130 Art History Foundations: 12 Monuments 3
AH 1140 Art History Foundations: Visual Culture 3
AH 2700 20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO) 3
AH 3100 Contemporary Art Seminar (INCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 20-17

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.