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Drawing is a universal impulse that defines what is fundamentally human—from animals drawn on cave walls twenty millennia ago to every form of visual and spatial expression today. As a drawing major, you will be challenged to explore all possibilities of what a drawing can be and which conceptual approaches, tools, and techniques best convey your ideas and intentions.
a collection of images, positioned on two shelves, evenly spaced
Blue Ruthen BFA Fine Arts '23 Drawing, Photography credit: Cary Whittier
Undergraduate, BFA
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Fine Arts

All first-year students take the Foundation program’s core curriculum, along with required art history and liberal arts courses, and begin the fine arts major curriculum in the fall of the second year. While continuing with their required art history and general education coursework, second-year students take more focused courses in their chosen area of emphasis, whether painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and integrated practices, or jewelry. In addition to their studio requirements, all fine arts students take a series of departmental seminars that address social, historical, and critical issues in contemporary art.

Beyond their major requirements, students may use elective credits to take courses of their choosing, to pursue a minor in a second field or discipline, or to gain internship experience. The senior year is focused on developing a self-directed body of work for the senior thesis exhibition in the spring semester. Departmental courses in professional practice help students prepare their portfolios and make a realistic plan for sustaining their careers after graduation through approaching funders, galleries, residency opportunities, and employers.

a drawing consists of a figure, drawn abstractly
Brentleigh Greene BFA Fine Arts '23 Drawing, Photography credit: Cary Whittier
drawing of a person sitting on a stairs
Matthew Del Carmen BFA Fine Arts '23 Drawing, Photography credit: Cary Whittier

Students will:

  • Understand basic design principles, concepts, media and formats;
  • Have knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools and techniques needed to work from concept to finished product;
  • Have a knowledge of historical and contemporary movements and issues in the field of drawing;
  • Understand the many possibilities for innovative imagery and the manipulation of techniques available to those who draw;
  • Complete a final project related to the exhibition of original work;
  • Achieve entry-level professional competence in the major area of specialization.​
photo of a sculpture
Bailey Rhodes BFA Fine Arts '23 Drawing, Photography credit: Cary Whittier
photo of a drawing of water waves
Annan Zhang BFA Fine Arts '23 Drawing, Photography credit: Cary Whittier