As a Painting major, you will develop technical skills in painting, drawing, color, and pictorial composition through extensive studio work in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and nontraditional media. Built on courses in art history and critical studies, the Painting program gives you the resources and support, both in and out of the classroom, needed to develop your artistic talents, drive creative endeavors, and forge a career as an artist.

Sample Courses

Core coursework covers art history, composition, and color studies. Sample courses include:

  • Professional Practices in Visual Arts
  • Decoding Images of Representation
  • Art Nouveau Design and Architecture: Studies in Material Culture
  • Practicing in Public
  • Art in America
  • Painting Materials Techniques
  • Painting Research

Practical Experience

The Painting program also boasts non-traditional learning opportunities for students in addition to the coursework.

  • Participate in an Art in New York City, MAYmester course.
  • Enjoy purpose-built northern-light artists’ painting studios.
  • Compete for creative recognition during various painting shows.
  • Attend the University Lectures and Syracuse Symposium events.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and build your resume with a study abroad experience during your time at Syracuse. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad boasts more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Painting students often go abroad in Florence, Italy.

Learn more about Global Study Opportunities for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in Painting you can enjoy a career as a:

  • Painter
  • Art Director
  • Curator
  • Painting Teacher
  • Recreational Therapist

Or, earn a graduate degree in art leadership, business, or art education. Recent graduates have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about Painting.