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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Painting and Drawing

Visual artists give valuable gifts to humanity by communicating their vision of not only the world as it is, but as it could be. Talent is important, but a formal art education helps you develop it so your career can take flight.

The AUM Department of Fine Arts offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art degree with a concentration in Painting and Drawing to refine your artistry and become a practicing artist. Art skills are highly sought after to:

  • Give companies a creative edge
  • Teach the next generation of young artists
  • Restore and archive precious collections
  • Critique works exposing the vital role of art in our society

Your BFA degree will be respected by employers looking for creative talent to join their team. AUM will help connect you to like-minded individuals and organizations to create your own professional network. In addition to offering classes in their areas of expertise, each faculty member maintains an active practice devoted to creative work, exhibitions, academic research and scholarly publishing, or public performance.

The visual arts training this concentration provides, along with the other liberal arts components of the curriculum, forms a solid foundation for jobs in advertising, marketing, crafts, entrepreneurship and other career endeavors. You’ll sharpen your skills and develop your singular artistic voice alongside successful faculty artists in small classes and studios that are highly interactive. You’ll be free to express yourself in a supportive and collaborative environment as you build your portfolio.

As a BFA candidate in painting and drawing, you will also have the opportunity to exhibit your professionally prepared work in a solo exhibition at the Cason McDermott Art Gallery on the AUM campus. 

Other concentrations in this BFA degree program include Graphic Design, Sculpture, and Photography.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Painting and Drawing concentration from AUM

We Help You Cultivate Courage

Know how to create from the heart—not by doing what you are told.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Serving

Know how the cultural concepts like sustainability, diversity, or new perspectives work in art to inspire positive change for humanity.

We Set The Bar For Aesthetics

Know how scholars in the field have defined the nature and culture of art.

We Set The Trend For Promoting Your Art

Know how to manage and promote your art for public recognition, use your art as a platform for your message to mankind, and develop relationships with strong networking groups of artists.

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Points of Pride

  • AUM faculty are renowned instructors who have exhibited their work nationally and internationally.
  • AUM students exhibit their work for local galleries in the Capital City.
  • AUM students enter their work into juried competitions on the regional and national levels.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Tony Veronese was accepted by the Master of Fine Art painting program at University of Dallas, Irving, Texas.
  • Chintia Kirana was accepted by the Master of Fine Art painting program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.
  • Jain Kwak was accepted by the Master of Fine Art painting program at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, New York.

Customize Your Concentration

  • Some artists aspire to make a living at an advertising agency or as a freelance marketing/advertising artist. A Marketing minor might enhance your resume and expand your range of knowledge.
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.

Certainly! The value of a liberal arts college degree is more than simply monetary. Taking time to study your passion from experts in the field helps the artist grow intellectually and creatively. It also creates a life-long network of like-minded professionals.

No. The course work in painting and drawing at AUM is designed for artists to produce original works and learn new skills. You are in a supportive environment that respects your perspective and passion to share your voice.

Our professors stand ready to mentor you through the process of developing your personal art aim as you commit to showing the inward significance of your work.

Degree Options

Is a Concentration in Painting and Drawing right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Archivist, Curator, and Museum WorkerBachelor’s Degree19% (Much faster than average)$52,140
High School Art TeacherBachelor’s Degree8% (As fast as average)$62,870
Art DirectorMaster’s degree11% (Faster than average)$97,270
Special Effects Artist and AnimatorBachelor’s degree16% (Much faster than average)$77,700

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Painting and Drawing Concentration

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Painting and Drawing


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, fine arts, and electives. Contact the Department of Fine Arts for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
VISU 2202WatercolorKnow how to solve problems with digital artmaking. The main difference between the self-taught designer and an artist with a Bachelor’s degree lies in these foundations. You will know how to solve problems with Raster images that use an array of pixels and Vector images that use a mathematical formula which defines the shape of an image.
VISU 2212Beginning PaintingKnow the art of arranging a message by connecting your abstract art to something in the real world. Study Representational Imagery including Realism, Impressionism, and Idealism. Begin painting in oil and other selected media.
VISU 1112Beginning DrawingKnow how to draw by observation. Emphasize your composition, line, perspective and value by using various dry and aqueous monochromatic media.
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