Art Major: Drawing and Painting

Rachel Trainer,  Alyssa (detail), watercolor, 2012

You will study perspective and spatial relationships through geometric forms, including the cube, the cone, the sphere, and the cylinder. You will also work with more complex variations of these forms as they relate to the human figure -- one of the most fascinating and challenging artistic themes -- in drawing classes.
Art majors with a concentration in painting and drawing will explore using elements of color, light, space, volume, tone, texture, and composition through still life and landscape. In addition, instructors place emphasis on composing from memory and imagination, allowing art students to give personal expression to what they have learned.


Where Our Graduates Go


Recent Carlow graduates who have majored in art have interned or accepted full-time positions in such places as:

  • North Hills School District
  • Duquesne City School District
  • Montour School District
  • Brunner
  • Manchester Craftsman's Guild
  • Allegheny Department of Human Services
  • 3E Trading


Carlow's art department graduates in studio art have been accepted into quality graduate programs that include: New York University, Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, and Glasgow University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Carlow has produced working professional graphic designers, professional exhibiting artists, and many art educators.

The art major requires 51 credits in courses in art and art history. It provides a strong foundation in art history, and in studio art: design, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, computer art, and sculpture. Electives and directed study in a variety of media include fiber arts, ceramics, and mixed media. Senior Project, an individual project and study course, is required for all majors, a senior exhibition opportunity is open to all seniors.

Bachelors of Arts in Art with a Concentration in Ceramics Course Information

Course Requirements: 51 credits
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus



An introduction to basic concepts and techniques in oil painting. You will concentrate on color mixtures, creating form, space, and light.  


This course presents a thematic and global approach to the history of art. Explore a range of topics or themes from a global perspective. Some of the topics may include: war, love, the human body, family, portraits, god(s). Examine how artists from around the world explore these themes and how these artworks tell stories universal themes from diverse perspectives.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website. 

Accelerated Option for Current Carlow Undergraduates

Undergraduate students with a major concentration in ArtPainting, and Ceramics are invited to apply to Carlow's Master of Arts in Art program prior to graduation. Carlow's Accelerated Option is a fast-track jumpstart on a graduate degree. Please see the Carlow's Master of Arts in Art page for details.