Art, Painting Concentration - Bachelor of Fine Arts

A male painter wearing paint-splattered jeans, perches on a stool in his studio, in front of his large works of art.

The BFA with a concentration in Painting explores the diverse techniques related to modern experimentations and a variety of modes of expression. Students are trained in a wide breadth of media, such as traditional oil painting as well as modern acrylic paint among other materials. This allows for the growth of students to focus on conceptual and experimental models as they reach higher level classes. Students are taught to work independently and have opportunities to utilize the learned professional practices within the local/regional community.

Professors encourage the freedom and discipline essential for developing strong visual skills. Painting students are a diverse group who are passionate about expressing their personal creativity. Students learn to adapt their existing skill set to the unique challenges and demands of working as a studio artist. Our location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains supports a unique and broad array of studio practices including mixed media, eco art, and outdoor earthworks.

Potential Careers

  • Painter
  • Studio Artist

Median Annual Salary



Studio Artist


*Median annual salaries are from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics