Fine Art Painting Track

Ready for a career in the vast, varied world of fine art?

Artists in this industry market their work through gallery exhibitions and private commissions, while others create demand entrepreneurially through a targeted and consistent social media strategy. Our program is unique as you receive a thorough grounding in craft and technique before embarking on the conceptual process. You also have the opportunity to focus the direction of the work with a minor in either Designmatters or Business.

Career Opportunities

  • Gallery exhibitions
  • Art consulting
  • Art education
  • Curatorial commissions
  • Public Art projects

Key Courses that Best Represent This Track

  • Painting Projects
  • Re-Presentation: Narrative and Bodies
  • Wet Paint

What You'll Learn

After a strong foundational study in drawing and painting, students will seek to develop a distinct point-of-view within their art practice. As your personal voice emerges, you'll understand your work in context. You'll learn how to produce consistently engaging art in a well-organized studio, while managing promotion and small business practices.

Notable alumni

Our graduates are some of the most celebrated, provocative and inspiring artists in Los Angeles and beyond.

  • Andrew Hem, an LA-based street artist/painter whose work explores the refugee experience.
  • Devin Troy Strother, known for his darkly humorous alternative racial narratives in a variety of mediums from cut paper to neon signage.
  • Sarah Awad, whose vivid, sensual works have been showcased at several solo exhibitions.

Your journey toward a career in Fine Art Painting starts here.

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Track Lead
Illustration fine art painting track lead Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith

His paintings have graced galleries, group shows and solo exhibitions.

Fine Art Painting

Student Work

Devin Troy Strother

Take the next step toward a career in fine art painting.