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Painting is a deep immersion in creative expression. You will expand your perspective, build your technique, and find your own artistic voice.

Develop your talents and live your passion

In small classes, you’ll work side-by-side with talented artists who love to teach. You’ll study the subtleties of painting and drawing, deepen your knowledge of art history, and practice your hand at printmaking, design, photography and sculpture. In a curriculum deeply rooted in the liberal arts, you’ll sharpen your critical thinking skills and gain a new understanding of the broader society and culture. You’ll learn to present your work effectively, to discuss it intelligently, and to communicate visually with refinement and impact. This major will prepare you for a meaningful career and for lifelong intellectual competence.

More ways to learn, on campus and beyond

Practical, hands-on experience is built into the curriculum. Drawing on Chicago’s lively gallery scene and world-class museums, we make our connections your connections so you can test drive your dream job in the real world. You can combine academic study with compassionate service to people in need, in the Chicago area or around the world. We encourage you to take full advantage of the university’s outstanding study abroad program. Spend a summer in Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance, taking studio courses in photography or drawing. It’s a perfect combination for art students.