2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Painting Minor


Sarah McCoubrey, Program Coordinator

102 Shaffer Art, 315-443-4613, smccoubr@syr.edu


The Painting Minor aims to extend students’ painting skills, develop their art and critical practices, broaden their understanding and abilities to make and discuss art. It also aims to help students understand that a practicing visual artist needs to think globally and be knowledgeable in many cultural and social discourses in order to be conversant in contemporary issues and critical practices.

Whether the minor fulfills students’ desires to study painting or helps bring new skills to their major, the benefit for those who major or minor in painting will be advanced by the conflation of diverse skill sets, opening up creative, intellectual and conceptual content to each others work and class dynamic.

To complete the minor in Painting, students must complete a total of 18 credits, over a 3 to 4 year period.


  • 3.0 GPA (based on the completion of 30 credits with a minimum of 15 credits taken at Syracuse University)
  • An interview with the coordinator is required.
  • Must enter program no later than the first semester of Sophomore year.
  • Applications accepted at any time, but will adhere to October 15 deadline for processing and approval in the Fall semester (March 1st for Spring semester).

Minor Requirements

Required Courses: 15 credits

Choose FIVE from the following:

ARI 261 Painting Studio I

ARI 361 Painting Studio II

ARI 461 Painting Studio II

ARI 300 Selected Topics with a Painting theme

ARI 400 Selected Topics with a Painting theme

Elective Drawing Course: 3 credits

Choose ONE from the following:

ARI 231 Drawing I: Observation

ARI 232 Drawing Through the Figure

ARI 331 Eye, Hand, Body, Mind Through Drawing

ARI 333 Drawing II: Representation to Conceptualization

ARI 200 Special Topics with a Drawing theme

ARI 300 Special Topics with a Drawing theme

Total Credits Required: 18