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The BFA in Painting is a professional undergraduate degree for students desiring extensive studio experience with an emphasis in Painting. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, refine their intellectual and creative processes, and learn both traditional and contemporary aspects of the painter's craft.

The Painting Program features balanced instruction and a diverse faculty presenting a wide range of viewpoints. This well-rounded educational preparation provides students with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and ability essential to creative activity.

For the most current curriculum, please see the Herron website. For the recommended four-year plan of study, please refer to the IUPUI degree map.  The BFA degree requirements meet the standards established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for professional undergraduate degrees in the Fine Arts.

Degree requirements

General Education

30 credits corresponding to IUPUI's Statewide Transferrable General Education Core.

Foundation Studies

20 credits

Art History, Theory, and Criticism 

Credits distributed as follows:

•           HER-H101 History of Art I (3 cr.) (may be used to fill Arts/Humanities General Education requirement)

•           HER-H102 History of Art 2 (3 cr.) (may be used to fill Arts/Humanities General Education requirement)

•           HER-H205 Introduction to Contemporary Art (3 cr.)

•           HER-HXXX Art History electives (6 cr.)

Professional and career preparation

HER-X201  Professional Practice in Visual Arts I

HER-X301  Professional Practice in Visual Arts II


Major Studio Requirements

Credits distributed as follows

•           HER-P201 Painting 1 (3 cr.)

•           HER-P202 Painting 2 (3 cr)

•           HER-P301 Painting 3 (3 cr.)

•           HER-P302 Painting 4 (3 cr.)

•           HER-P303 Concepts in Figuration 1 (3 cr.)

•           HER-P304 Concepts in Figuration 2 (3 cr.)

•           HER-P401 Painting 5 (6 cr.)

•           HER-P402 Painting 6 (6 cr.)


Studio Art Electives

27 credits, of which 3 must be N208 Integrative Studio Lab: Rotating Topics (3 cr.)


Non-Studio requirements

6 credits

•        ENG-L 105 or L115 English Literature (3 cr.)

•        Academic elective (3 cr.)

Total: 125 credits

Last update:  April 2021