The curriculum introduces a variety of painting media, techniques and approaches to subject matter as well as formal concerns and art historical background, leading students toward personal conception and stylistic development in their art.

In advanced courses, students demonstrate the ability to manipulate the media proficiently, generate appropriate symbols, and appropriately structure space in accordance with their artistic statements. They further develop the ability to give and respond to criticism and engage in creative thinking concerning their own work both in the painting program and to art in general. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary issues in painting.