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For students interested in careers in studio arts, art-related professional occupations, or graduate studies, St. Ambrose's integrated, liberal arts approach to art making is highly valuable. The fine arts (Painting) major provides an environment that supports and challenges an individual's creative growth.

Oil painting, drawing, and other media become new expressive voices for the artist. Students learn to incorporate life experience into their investigation of the complex language of form and content. Technical and expressive competence develop simultaneously. 

Students are encouraged to develop their creative ambition in a personal and independent manner. The department's role is to extend and support the student's growth as an artist. The faculty strives to understand the nature of each student's creativity in order to guide them toward mature artistic statements.

Click here to see examples of student work from the SAU Art Department. (Requires Flash plug-in.)

Requirements for a Major in Painting (27-30 credits)

Majors also must satisfy the general art requirements.

+ART 208 Studio Fundamentals: 3-D Design 
+ART 303 Figure Composition and Anatomy
+ART 304 Figure Drawing
ART 330 Painting
ART 331 Painting II 
WI-ART 430 Painting III 
ART 431 Painting IV
With the option of taking ART 400 Senior Honors: Fine Arts (1 credit)

Either +WI-AH 351 Art of the Modern World and /or +WI-AH 354 Contemporary Art are highly recommended.

Six additional credits of art.

Relationship With the Figge Art Museum

Students can visit the museum's collection, attend lectures, and participate in workshops for free! Figge Website

Whats Next

Grad School
Our Fine Arts grads have gone on to The College of Art at the University of Vermont, The University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, Boston University, Lesley University, Mt. Mary College and Marquette University in both studio art and art therapy.