Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Drawing, Painting & Printmaking

The Drawing, Painting & Printmaking Major at Loyola University Chicago is focused on the subject as an artistic discipline with 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.

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.

Drawing, Painting & Printmaking 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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 and critical thinking, and take creative and intellectual risks in the production of original artwork
  • 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

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