Drawing and Painting | Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree / MCAD

Drawing and Painting

Try everything: wood, pencil, ink, oil, acrylic.
Play with form, structure, proportion.


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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Drawing and Painting

Drawing and painting students learn to refine essential techniques while expanding their conceptual ideas through discussion with faculty and visiting artists.

By studying historical and contemporary drawing and painting, students are able to put their work in context and develop a vocabulary to illuminate their artistic visions.

Drawing and painting is a major offered in the four-year BFA degree program. Our BFA curriculum is rooted by Core Four—foundation courses that enhance students' professional development.


Course Descriptions

Required Courses 42
Total Credits 120


On-site internships at organizations such as galleries, ad agencies, and cultural institutions—both local and international—allow students to learn about the industry, enhance their skills, network, and build their portfolios. Previous students have interned at the following organizations, among many others:

ArticultureBockley Gallery ▪ Free Arts MNFundred Dollar Bill Project, Louisiana ▪ Humpback Whale Sanctuary, Hawaii ▪ Mary Mattingly, New York ▪ MN Center for Book ArtsUrban OutfittersWalker Art Center

Drawing and Painting Faculty

John GauntMichael KarekenEd CharbonneauHoward QuednauNatasha Pestich

Drawing and Painting Alumni

Kristen LoweSamantha FrenchGregory EuclideJulie Buffalohead