Career opportunities with a painting emphasis include:
- painting studio assistant
- painting teacher
- gallery or museum worker
- art professor
- artwork shipping specialist
- commercial artist
Get ready to paint your masterpiece
From representational to abstract styles, to using oil or water-based media, you will be exposed to many voices and innovative approaches to applying pigment to a surface. Embrace your personal creative journey, as you master a wide variety of traditional techniques and materials, explore global influences, and confidently share your own unique artistic vision.
NAU’s studio art program allows you to flourish in your chosen medium. By developing a sophisticated understanding of art principles and polishing your technical skills, your education will prepare you to leave your own vibrant, expressive mark on the world. Just as importantly, you will expand your future opportunities by learning business practices for artists, including grant applications, gallery representation, self-promotion, and maintaining a sustainable and safe studio.
The arts are everywhere. With an NAU BFA, you are poised to apply your studio art knowledge in many settings.
Make your creative visions a reality with the guidance of our excellent painting faculty. Your classes will cover:
- the fundamentals of painting
- how to work with specific media
- techniques for working with different subject matter
- materials, methods, and techniques in oils
- canvas stretching
- paint mixing
- glazing and varnishing
- light and shadow
- developing your own style and direction
- composition and color theory