Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Drawing and Painting

The Drawing and Painting program at Loyola University Chicago is focused on Drawing, Painting & Printmaking as an artistic discipline that has a rich global history, encompassing many diverse perspectives and approaches, which explores the relationship of traditional practices to recent advances in technology. The curriculum guides students in learning the technical foundations, aesthetic strategies and conceptual approaches, and the cultural / historical perspectives of the medium. Through the program, students build their ability to pursue Drawing, painting and Printmaking as a means of creative exploration and intellectual investigation.


Loyola University Chicago has designed a streamlined course sequence of 42 credit hours for students interested in earning the BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. The program is housed in the Mundelein Center at the Lakeshore Campus. The facilities feature recently renovated studio spaces for beginning drawing and painting, a separate studio for intermediate and advanced drawing and painting, and a printmaking studio.


The Drawing and Painting Major shares a common Foundation with all the Studio and Applied Majors within the division. This sequence is comprised of four courses that include: Drawing I, 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Color Theory. Majors receive a solid grounding in Art History by taking both Prehistoric to Renaissance and Renaissance to Modern courses.  Majors explore diverse facets of Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking in a six course Applied sequence that include: Painting I, Printmaking I, Painting II, Figure Studio, Drawing II, and Advanced Studio Workshop. Unique to Loyola’s BA program is capstone experience that culminates in a Senior Exhibition of the student’s creative work.


Drawing and Painting Majors after completing the undergraduate degree often seek advanced study and pursue the MFA, the terminal degree in the field. Students go on to have careers as teachers, museum and gallery professionals, or be self-employed artists who show and sell their work commercially.More information about Fine Arts careers can be found at this page