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Explore the drawing and painting bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Turn your talent into a career with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's drawing and painting bachelor's degree. This rigorous program is designed for students pursuing graduate studies or careers in drawing and painting.

Coursework throughout the major will explore a variety of techniques, practices and processes related to drawing and painting. Create artwork with digital software and technologies. Enhance personal expression in depicting the human body while observing a live model. And experiment with electronic media and animation. The digital painting course is a strength of the program and a favorite for many drawing and painting students. The unique class focuses on introducing digital rendering techniques in Photoshop, which can be applied in diverse professional fields, including illustration, animation, video games and industrial design.

While mastering your craft at UW-Eau Claire, you'll learn from expert faculty members with vast experience in the arts. Small class sizes allow for both individual and collaborative work, with plenty of face-to-face time with your professors. To ensure graduates leave with a greater level of artistic development and focus, all drawing and painting students participate in an immersive, studio-focused curriculum. This includes an advanced studio course that will allow you to create a variety of unique projects while learning how to professionally present your artwork. 

During your final semester at UW-Eau Claire, you'll choose groups of your work to be featured in the Senior Exhibition, an impressive showcase for all art students. This leads to the collection of your highest quality work and will prepare you well for a career or graduate work in the visual arts.

UWEC art students on field trip to NYC

Art and immersion programs: experience global design firsthand

What better way to study art than to see it firsthand? As part of a monthlong, faculty-led cultural immersion program in Central Europe, art students have the incredible opportunity to view original artwork, public art, street art and architecture firsthand. And for drawing and painting major Heidi Johnson, the experience was impactful in more ways than one. 

“I feel that this immersion is very important to art students because it gives them a chance to experience viewing street art every day," she said. "It was exciting and eye-opening to see so many walls full of the cries of the people — some full of sadness or anger — with others expressing passion or hope for the future.

I believe it is a great thing when we can actually experience the beauty of other cultures that are different from ours, instead of merely learning about them. Only when our experiences are directly affected by other cultures will we get a better understanding for how we can create a better world full of understanding, common ground and diversity."

Drawing and painting degree scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. For example, the Edward "Ted" Haugen Leslie Memorial Art Scholarship awards $2,300 to a declared drawing and painting major who demonstrates creativity, originality and artistic talent. The scholarship was established in memory of art major Ted Leslie, who attended UW-Eau Claire from 1996-2000. 

Learn more about which resources are available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your art degree.  

Learn more about the financial aid process at UWEC

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Quick facts

Drawing and painting program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Offered: in person
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
Student organizations
  • Art Student Association (ASA)
  • None of the Above (NOTA)

Drawing and painting bachelor’s degree program highlights

Self-discovery. Coursework throughout the drawing and painting major will push you to take risks and embrace openness to the process. Utilizing problem-solving and research strategies, you'll develop individual direction, gain personal insights and uncover the intent behind your work. This awareness builds confidence in yourself and prepares you well for your chosen career.

Opportunities to travel. All drawing and painting majors are required to participate in a travel experience while studying at UW-Eau Claire. This could include a study abroad program, one of the department’s national field trips or at least two of the department’s regional field trips. Explore contemporary art and design in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York City. Or find inspiration in some of the world's art and architecture meccas, like Florence, Rome or Paris.

Outside-the-classroom learning. As an art major, you'll have countless opportunities to hone your skills and develop your artistic expression. Participate in workshops with visiting professional artists. Gain insight into the business side of art and design during an internship. Join the Art Student Association and organize artistic events on campus and in the community. And visit artistic communities, museums and studios with working professionals during departmental field trips. At UW-Eau Claire, the possibilities are endless!

Skill-building curriculum. A portion of the drawing and painting degree is made up of other art-focused electives, allowing you to pursue multiple areas of interest. Explore courses in printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, water media, video and artist books. This all-encompassing approach allows you to enter the working world with a variety of skills and talents that can take your drawing and painting career to the next level.

Art close to home. UW-Eau Claire is home to the Foster Gallery, the largest art gallery in the Eau Claire area. Art and design students can take advantage of this learning space through exhibition receptions, open viewings, installation opportunities, guest speaker presentations and the chance to participate in the annual juried student art show.

Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Client Communication and Management Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings. 

What jobs can you get with a drawing and painting degree from UWEC?

Graduates of the comprehensive drawing and painting degree leave with a bachelor's in fine arts, a polished portfolio, countless connections and the skills needed to pursue their passion. In addition to their creative visual talent, our alumni have also become equally known for their entrepreneurial skills. From e-commerce websites and social media promotion, Blugold artists are finding a myriad of avenues to successfully and globally promote and sell their work.

Drawing and painting careers

Drawing and painting bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Curriculum within the drawing and painting bachelor's degree includes core foundation courses in art as well as courses in art history, drawing and painting. A variety of electives throughout the major allow you to expand your areas of expertise and opens door to additional career paths.

Classes for drawing and painting majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive drawing and painting major in the UWEC course catalog.

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