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The drawing program provides the foundation for all studio art students to develop observational, conceptual, and hand-eye skills.
Working with a range of drawing materials, almost all majors in the School of Art complete a required sequence of drawing courses to strengthen their drawing as a basic tool for visual thinking and recording. The drawing program coordinates with the painting program to foster fundamental materials skills and advanced conceptual critical thinking as it pertains to contemporary drawing and painting. Works from drawing classes are regularly on display in the Center for the Visual Arts.
The Bachelor of Arts program in drawing offers students a more generalized course of study and the opportunity to pursue a minor. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in drawing is a pre-professional degree intended to prepare students for graduate study. Undergraduate admission does not require a portfolio submission, but all undergraduate fine art majors must pass a portfolio review at the end of the sophomore year of study to continue in the program.
The School of Art offers both the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Drawing/Painting. Working in close consultation with a major advisor, graduate students pursue a sequence of course work that encourages the development of an independent, critical approach to artistry in the discipline. Studio space on campus is available on a limited basis for full-time resident students.
Professor Darice Polo coordinates the drawing program; adjunct faculty include Juli Friedmann, Kortney Niewierski, and Jennifer Collier.