Painting, with its many traditions, is a medium put to an extraordinary diversity of contemporary uses. Capable of representing everything from the material to the intangible, painting continues to be a means for artists of vastly different interests to address their subjects in highly individual ways.
The painting concentration at Notre Dame fosters the aesthetic, critical, and technical development of each student through a program of course work, independent study, and regular critiques. Emphasis is placed on being well-versed in contemporary critical issues, on articulating individual themes, and on developing the technical means to give visual form to thematic concerns. Apply now.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Arts
- Drawing I
- Painting I
- Multilevel Painting
- Topics in Contemporary Painting
Art History Recommendations
- Modern Art I
- 20th Century Art II
Recommended Studio and Design Courses
Industrial Design: Design Drawing
- Artists Books & Papermaking
Outside of Department
- American History
- Cognitive Psychology
- Creative Writing
- Gender Studies
Studio MinorThe minor in studio art is intended for the student who wishes to add studio art experience to their undergraduate studies. The minor requires 15 hours, or 5 courses in studio art. Before being able to declare a minor, a student must be enrolled in or have already taken one of the following: Drawing I, 2D Foundations, or 3D Foundations.
As with the major, students seeking the minor may elect either a general or focused course of study; that is, students may take the four studio courses selected from among any of the studio disciplines (Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture) or they may take four studio courses from within a single discipline. Because the Department offers multiple entry-level courses, students are able to enter the program at a variety of points.
Thinking of perhaps London or Rome to take an Art History course requirement? Students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad to get credit towards their degree in visual communication. Your academic advisor will help with options and scheduling.
Contact for Advising
Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies, Emily Beck, for general questions about the various Art, Art History & Design programs. If you have specific questions about painting, feel free to contact a faculty member directly.
Visit the Program
If you are planning to visit campus, please stop by Riley Hall while you are here. Riley hall houses all the studio arts in the department. If you are considering studying painting at Notre Dame, feel free to contact our department office and staff members will arrange for a tour.
Considering painting as a major? Visit the department's main office: 306 Riley Hall of Art and Design. General questions about majoring in studio art can be sent to the Department of Art, Art History & Design at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply now.