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The painting minor provides students not only with a strong technical and creative foundation, but also with the opportunity to explore the endless number of paths the painting medium can lead an artist. It exposes students to the range and multiplicity of ideas that generate contemporary approaches to painting, to stimulate a full understanding of those concepts and to challenge students to develop a personal vocabulary of painterly forms and create a store of visual ideas relating to their own lives and experiences.

Within both Western and non-Western traditions, painting has a long history as a site of aesthetic experience and cultural questioning. This minor allows students to immerse themselves in painting, as well as developing a grasp of the critical issues surrounding it. Beginning courses provide the fundamentals of color, composition, and medium. Advanced courses require more ambitious projects, personal direction, research and sustained focus.

Career Opportunities

  • painter
  • independent artist
  • museum opportunities
  • gallery-related careers
  • education
  • sales
  • restoration
  • art direction
  • conservation

Experiential Learning

  • R.K. Bailey Art Studios is a 30,000-sq.-ft artist workspace and classrooms
  • Scarfone/Hartley Gallery exhibits include works of faculty, students and visiting international artists
  • innovative visiting renowned artist program, STUDIO-f
  • internships with Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, Tampa Museum of Art, Smithsonian, San Francisco Arts Commission, Ralph Lauren, Maverick Media, Fueled by Ramen Design, Albany Institute of History and Art

Student Organizations

Student activities include volunteering on-and-off campus as well as field trips to museums and art galleries. See UT's Art History Honor Society or visit

Course Information

View the online catalog for information on painting course descriptions.


Each year the Department of Art and Design awards several art scholarships to new incoming students. These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of an art portfolio on CD-ROM and the completion of this application.