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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend, analyze and interpret the visual, functional, psychological, and social elements that constitute a work of art
  • Apply a range of materials, processes and techniques within their chosen concentration as a primary form of artistic expression
  • Engage in self-directed problem solving analysis and critical thinking, and take creative and intellectual risks in the production of original artwork
  • Comprehend the vocabulary, principles, theories and methodologies particular to their concentration, and interpret and articulate them through their own creative process
  • Employ scholarly and visual research in developing concepts that underlie their artistic intentions, and effectively communicate them orally and in written form
  • Reflect on the creative process in relation to audience, current professional standards, and contemporary developments in art production, theory and criticism, and work independently in the development of cohesive bodies of work for professional exhibition
  • Document artwork and artistic activity, and build portfolios relevant to the communication, dissemination and public display of creative work and artistic ideas
  • Understand the place of art making in human creativity within a global historical context. Differentiate between artistic styles, and the multiplicity of populations and communities from which works of have been made (and are made), and engage in critical discussion with a depth of analysis and appreciation for aesthetic and conceptual diversity
  • Recognize that art has many cultural and social dimensions, and make discerning observations and evaluations about ethical and moral issues in art related to gender, class, race, and religion