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Drawing and Painting


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

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About Drawing and Painting

Are you an artistic person who loves to draw and/or paint? Can you spend hours perfecting your brushwork on your latest canvas? Would you love to hone your skills and push your creativity to the next level?

The Visual Arts Major offers a multidisciplinary education in the arts with advanced study in one specialization such as drawing and painting. To begin your studies, you can take courses in art history, art and technology, 3-D modeling and animation, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video.

Courses you could take:

Intermediate Drawing & Painting, Figure Drawing & Sculpture, Life Drawing, Identity & Culture, The Artist’s Book, Installation Art, Art as Therapy, Art & Interaction

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Career Opportunities

There are more career options than the traditional path of becoming a fine or studio artist and showing your work in galleries or museums. Many artists create illustrations for national publications including magazines and newspapers. Others become illustrators for books, advertising, clothing lines and fashion, textile design, and many other outlets. Some graduates go on to teaching careers or graduate school.

You can also consider learning more about our joint degree program on Art Therapy with Caldwell College, which would lead to a earning a Masters of Counseling with a Mental Health Counseling/Art Therapy Specialization in Drawing and Painting. Talk to an admissions counselor to learn more:

Sample Job Titles

  • Art Teacher K-12 Grade
  • Theatrical Scenic Artist
  • Retail Store Display Artist
  • Art Directors
  • Craft Artists
  • Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
Hands-On Learning

You will learn technical skills at the foundation levels, then augment these with experimental and conceptual approaches at the advanced levels. Just as drawing and painting have informed other visual media, you will understand how photography, video, film, and digital media have fundamentally changed drawing and painting.

Frequent class trips to major exhibitions at local world-class museums and galleries, and a rich program of visiting artist lecturers offers co-curricular enchantments to your classroom learning. Plus, if you’re interested in pursuing a counseling career in Art Therapy, you can take specialized advanced courses offering hands-on situational experience with therapy groups.