The Drawing program cultivates foundational skills through advanced observational, conceptual, and experimental processes to enable students to explore ideas across media and disciplines. Students in all majors within the School of Art are able to complete a sequence of drawing courses to strengthen their drawing as a tool for visual thinking and recording, and examine ways to push its boundaries.

Drawing majors are expected to work with a wide range of approaches and materials to investigate drawing in various contexts and engage with contemporary practice. Advanced drawing students work in close consultation with full-time faculty to pursue individual directions and interests.

The Bachelor of Arts program in Studio Art offers students a more generalized course of study and the opportunity to pursue a minor. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Studio Art with a concentration in Drawing is a pre-professional degree intended to prepare students for graduate study. Undergraduate admission does not require a portfolio submission, but all undergraduate Studio Art majors must complete Common Review in their last semester of their second year to continue in their concentration.

Darice Polo is a full-time faculty member who coordinates the drawing program, teaches drawing and serves as the advisor for advanced drawing majors. Other full-time faculty who teach drawing include Mahwish Chishty and Shawn Powell.

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The School of Art offers the Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing.  Working in close consultation with a major advisor, graduate students pursue a sequence of course work that encourages the development of an independent, critical approach to artistry in the discipline.  Studio space on campus is available on a limited basis for full-time resident students.