What is Painting?

Our painting major fosters students’ individual interests. Students are taught concept, innovation, and critical thinking skills. In this program, you will gain familiarity with current art theory and practice. You'll also learn visual and cultural literacy skills. In sophomore year, you'll be exposed to materials, concepts, and techniques in color theory, pictorial design, and perception. During your junior and senior, you’ll have your own studio. Later coursework will focus 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. This degree also enables you to 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