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James Froemel
Recruitment Specialist
phone: 304-293-4339

program contact

James Froemel
Recruitment Specialist
phone: 304-293-4339

Program Details

Program Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting provides training in traditional and experimental oil and acrylic media and exploration of both figurative and abstract imagery. The painting program is designed to introduce students to the historic and contemporary foundations of painting. Learning is both one-on-one and collaborative, so personal exploration and an engagement with wider aesthetic discourse are developed.

A summer program in China allows students to study landscape painting in the Chinese ink style in Nanjing, and Tangka (Tibetan scroll painting) in Tongren, with extensive traveling to major historical and artistic sites throughout China.

Career Profile

Careful individualized advisement prepares painters to comprehend and engage the gallery market, trends in critical thinking, and reputable graduate programs for further study and professional opportunities.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

WVU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.