Drawing and Painting

About Drawing and Painting as a Concentration in Studio Art

Pursuing your passion for drawing and painting means investigating a wide range of issues and media rooted in contemporary and historical art practice. The Drawing and Painting program excels in supporting students as they expand their artistic capabilities by providing and cultivating an intellectual and creative environment for students to explore, experiment, and think critically.

Students are encouraged to work across a broad range of contemporary and traditional painting and drawing practices, concepts, aesthetic conventions, methods and techniques. The breadth and depth of our program are built upon the diversity of expertise of our faculty and their shared commitment to excellence as working artists and thoughtful teachers. 

Students in the Drawing and Painting program have generous access to accomplished creative professionals and visiting artists who provide excellent mentorship: encouraging an adventurous exploration of media and modeling a dedication to their creative research, interdisciplinary experimentation and professional practices. Outside of the classroom, students participate in the student organization, Painting and Drawing Association, which cultivates a vibrant cultural community by sponsoring visiting artist workshops, museum and gallery exhibitions and art-related field trips. 

B.F.A. in Studio Art with a Concentration in Drawing and Painting

As you graduate, you will have been empowered to develop a personal voice, a professional and creative practice, self-discipline, and cultural awareness. Students pursuing the B.F.A. complete a final portfolio of original, cohesive work.

M.F.A. in Studio Art with a Concentration in Drawing and Painting

The M.F.A. program integrates creative research, contemporary theory, and practice culminating in a thesis exhibition. Please visit the Studio Art M.F.A. web page.

Drawing and Painting Minor 

The Drawing and Painting minor listed in the UNT 2020-21 Catalog is designed to encourage students from all areas of the university to explore working in this art form.

Contact Information

Future undergraduate students: Apply to UNT; you will meet with an academic advisor during orientation. You also may contact CVAD Recruiter Kevin ContrerasKevin.Contreras@unt.edu, for more information.

Currently enrolled undergraduate students: Contact the CVAD advisor listed for the first letter of your last name on the CVAD Advising webpage.

Department of Studio Art: 940-369-7671 |  cvad.studio@unt.edu | Art Building, Room 230



Note: Should you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office, cvad@unt.edu, 940-565-4001. For voice access, dial 1-800-RELAYTX (735-2989). Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

UNT is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, phone: (703) 437-0700; fax: (703) 437-6312; email: info@arts-accredit.org. In 2020, UNT achieved designation from the Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority-Serving Institution and as a Hispanic Serving Institution.