Painting at Ball State covers a range of materials, forms, and traditions, both representational and nonrepresentational. Our students explore their individual visions within the context of developing disciplined studio practices as well as developing their work within a wide range of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual approaches.

Critiques and seminars led by faculty and visiting artists provide students with the form and structure to discuss their work in relation to contemporary art issues.

Beginning painting courses introduce the concepts and materials of painting, furthering students' understanding of space, image, and color. Intermediate and advanced courses cover the properties and possibilities of modern media. In advanced painting classes, students build upon their technical facility and conceptual base to develop personal directions.

All classes emphasize individual aesthetic choices and expression and the exploration of contemporary critical issues, encouraging students to take responsibility for the definition and direction of his or her own work.

Learn more about the degree requirements, including a four-year suggested plan of study (PDF).

View full images of recent student and faculty work in our Painting Virtual Gallery.

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