PaintingBachelor of Fine Arts

“I took full advantage of what Lyme had to offer and in return it has given me a home where I met the best people and became a true artist,” says Shaina Bernard ’18.

Master the medium and the method

Painters may have more decisions to make than any other artist.

Choosing between oil, watercolor, tempera, and pastel - each with its own chemistry, challenges, and charms - is just the beginning. In painting, the only thing more complex than the medium is the method. Students in this major explore both, following a structured curriculum that builds technical proficiency and confidence in the medium.

The painting major explores contemporary issues within the contexts of art history and traditions. As you progress through the coursework, your knowledge of painting will grow alongside your skills - and both will help define your personal expression in studio practice.

The perfect subject

Many of the courses at Lyme rely on direct observation to develop conceptual tools. The human figure, with its formal complexity, historical relevance, and visual power, is as perfect a subject a painter could ask for - and is a prominent element of the program.

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.


Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Multimedia Artists and Animators

16% Growth 2017-2027


Art Directors

10% Growth 2017-2027


Set and Exhibit Designers

15% Growth 2017-2027

Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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A Selection of Studio Courses

These are just a few the classes you will take as part of a comprehensive fine arts education.

  • Foundation

    The Foundation program provides all entering students with a common first year experience that prepares them for a successful transition to their sophomore year and choice of major.

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  • Figure Painting

    This course addresses essential figure painting skills as the student learns to construct effective human forms in a believable space. Formal strategies of compositional design, such as relative proportion or color-as-form, will be introduced and explored. As students learn to utilize the figure as a dynamic element of picture making, various methods and techniques will aid the student in constructing not only competent paintings of figures, but also well-executed figure paintings.

  • Large-Scale Painting

    Students will apply various compositional strategies to develop dynamic and imposing images. Issues of appropriation as well as various methods of portraying imagery, including diptych formats and various projections, will be addressed. Art historic and contemporary examples will be studied.

  • Figure in the Interior

    Students explore the conceptual and spatial problems involved in figure painting by integrating a spatial environment with figuration. Students will use other artistic media, such as film stills, as reference while developing compositional motifs to achieve meaning and content in their work.

  • Portrait

    This course offers the student a systematic approach for the drawing and painting of portraits in a carefully controlled environment. The initial focus is on, but not limited to, the study of the clothed model as sculptural form in space. Light reflecting off the various planes of the subject is translated first into patterns of value, then into color. Resemblance is a natural by-product of the process. As students progress and display basic competence in generating a recognizable image, they will be encouraged to explore the use of social and painting conventions in making paintings that reflect more than a subject's physical characteristics. The role of the portrait and its changing stature will be discussed. Students may work in any medium, but oil or watercolor is recommended.




National Association of Colleges of Art and Design Accreditation

The University of New Haven has achieved National Association of Colleges of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation. This mark of excellence designates the University’s B.A. in art and B.F.A. programs in graphic design, digital art and design, and interior design, as well as the B.F.A. programs in drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture at Lyme as nationally accredited programs.

Founded in 1944, NASAD is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 360 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.

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Next Steps

  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

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  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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