What is Painting?

Our painting major fosters students’ individual interests, with a curriculum that emphasizes concept and innovation, critical thinking skills, familiarity with current art theory and practice, and visual and cultural literacy. As a sophomore, you’ll be exposed to materials, concepts, and techniques in color theory, pictorial design, and perception. As a junior and senior, you’ll have your own studio, focusing on written and verbal skills to prepare for a thesis exhibition. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the professional skills and habits to establish a unique, self-directed studio practice and engage in many other professions. You must submit a portfolio before being accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Art criticism
  • Art theory
  • Gallery work
  • Museum work
  • Studio art

Post-Graduation Success1

79% employed or continuing education

72% employed after graduation

7% attending graduate school

$37,737 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Archdiocese Of Chicago, Casting House, Caterpillar

Sample grad school destinations: Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Depaul University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 31 ACT Score

1150 - 1370 SAT Score

3.25 - 3.84 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994


  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476


  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350