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Painting & Drawing (Fine Arts, B.F.A.)

The Painting and Drawing program supports the investigation of various methods, forms and histories of painting and drawing in addition to the spaces these modes occupy in the contemporary sphere. Students begin their studies with a thorough grounding in the skills required to successfully engage the traditions and contemporary practices of painting and drawing. Initial coursework provides students strong technical, perceptual and visualization skills through a comprehensive and rigorous Foundations and Studio Core curriculum; gaining material handling competencies of both painting and drawing media. Intermediate coursework includes a review and expansion of these competencies with exploration into the expressive potential of painting and drawing through thematically-driven projects. Advanced coursework provides students the tools to develop individual bodies of work exploring individualized preferred concepts, subject matter, techniques, and media.

Painting & Drawing (Fine Arts, B.F.A.)


Description


What is Painting & Drawing at ODU like?

The Painting and Drawing program supports the investigation of various methods, forms and histories of painting and drawing in addition to the spaces these modes occupy in the contemporary sphere. Students begin their studies with a thorough grounding in the skills required to successfully engage the traditions and contemporary practices of painting and drawing. Initial coursework provides students strong technical, perceptual and visualization skills through a comprehensive and rigorous Foundations and Studio Core curriculum; gaining material handling competencies of both painting and drawing media. Intermediate coursework includes a review and expansion of these competencies with exploration into the expressive potential of painting and drawing through thematically-driven projects. Advanced coursework provides students the tools to develop individual bodies of work exploring individualized preferred concepts, subject matter, techniques, and media.

Program Highlights


What makes Painting & Drawing at ODU unique?

  • Painting and Drawing students are recognized as artists and are treated as such; their individual voices are vital to the learning experience cultivated within the program.

  • Small class sizes mean students have access to instructors who know students by name and understand each student's individualized goals. Faculty welcome prospective student questions and inquiries.

  • Painting and drawing students are required to complete a course entitled “Senior Show” during their final year of study. The course focuses on the final development of each student’s aesthetic vision and studio practice; culminating in a finished, exhibition quality project.

  • The bright and spacious painting and drawing classrooms are housed in brand new facilities in the Barry Arts building and provide students the equipment necessary to produce their work comfortably and safely.

  • The Painting & Drawing faculty consists of two full-time professors and a team of devoted instructors, all of whom bring a wide array of experiences and professional achievements to the classroom.

  • Painting and Drawing students generate artworks that position them for success in today's competitive market.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

$57,520

MEDIAN SALARY


Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Curators

$58,830

MEDIAN SALARY


Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Painting & Drawing at ODU?

ARTS 343:
Techniques in Abstraction


This course serves to expose students to various techniques in contemporary abstraction. Students explore a range of strategies for producing both objective and non-objective abstract work using drawing and/or painting media. Prerequisite: ARTS 341.

ARTS 432:
Figure Drawing Anatomy


A study of visually important aspects of the structural, skeletal and muscular systems of the body. Anatomical study will be related to drawing from the live model. Prerequisites: ARTS 331 or permission of the instructor.

ARTS 445:
Hybrid Approaches to Painting and Drawing


This course emphasizes hybrid approaches to contemporary drawing and painting including the integration of digital processes into studio practice and production. Students will be introduced to various applications and techniques regularly used in contemporary painting and drawing, including generating digital imagery, diorama construction and image compositing. Traditional and nontraditional media and subjects may be used to assist in the fulfillment of students? analytical and expressive intentions. Prerequisites: ARTS 341.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Painting & Drawing at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Painting & Drawing should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

The painting and drawing faculty review portfolio submissions from every student wishing to enter the painting and drawing major. The portfolio consists of artwork created during each student's preliminary studio coursework. This process assures that students are on the right track to advance into upper-level painting and drawing courses where students explore and develop individualized concepts, subject matter, techniques, and media. Application reviews occur each semester with due dates on November 1 during the Fall semester and April 1 during the Spring semester.

Painting and drawing students are required to complete a course entitled "Senior Show" during their final year of study. The course focuses on the final development of each student's aesthetic vision and studio practice; culminating in a finished, exhibition quality project. The course also addresses professional installation, promotion, and documentation of finished work, concluding with a group exhibition in the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


Scholarships are available for continuing students, information about which can be found on the following webpage: https://www.odu.edu/artdept/resources/scholarships

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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