Painting Classes in Cleveland with School Overviews

Research painting classes in Cleveland, which has several schools within 15 miles of the downtown offering programs. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for three Cleveland schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Cleveland Schools with Painting Programs

Painting classes in the Cleveland, Ohio, area can typically be found at schools that offer degree programs in fine art or studio art. These include the two private institutions and state university highlighted in the paragraphs below. Essential school information is included in the table just below. The resource ends with a section about other school options.

  • Cleveland State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art that allows aspiring professionals to specialize in painting, as well as an undergraduate minor in the same field of study. At 1.0 mile away, this state university is the closest to downtown Cleveland.
  • The Cleveland Institute of Art, located 3.4 miles from the downtown, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting program.
  • At Ursuline College in nearby Pepper Pike, about 10.6 miles from downtown Cleveland, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts or minor in studio art, both of which include painting classes. A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting program is also available.

Comparison of Schools

The following table is designed to provide students with an easy way to compare key school statistics, like school size, cost of attendance and financial aid. Note that more than 60% of new students at all three schools return after their freshman years.

Cleveland State University Cleveland Institute of Art Ursuline College
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017) 16,371* 636* 1,123*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,778 in-state; $13,829 out-of-state* $40,655* $31,150*
% of Incoming, Full-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 89%* 98%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017) 90%* 54%* 93%*
Retention Rate of First-Time Students (Fall 2016-Fall 2017) 70% full-time, 38% part-time* 89% full-time* 71% full-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 43%* 56%* 53%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.

Cleveland State University

Established in 1964, Cleveland State University (CSU) serves more than 16,000 students annually. Its art programs include both a bachelor's degree and a minor in studio art. Students in the bachelor's degree program can focus on painting.

Minor in Studio Art and Design

CSU students who want to focus on art in conjunction with another major can pursue a 24-credit minor in studio art and design. Core classes cover Western art history, as well as 2-D and 3-D art and design. An additional 12 credits in studio art are needed; students interested in painting may select a studio sequence in painting to meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

The bachelor's degree program in studio art requires at least 54 credit hours beyond the general education requirements. Core classes in studio art and art history fulfill 30 of these credits. The remaining credits are devoted to advanced coursework. A course in painting will be required for the studio foundations part of the degree. The program concludes with a senior capstone project. To earn an honors degree, students take an additional 9 credits of honors art classes and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all major coursework.

Cleveland Institute of Art

The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is located in the northeast part of the city next to the Cleveland Museum of Art. CIA's visual arts center, which houses classrooms and studios, was once a Ford auto factory and is listed on Ohio's National Register of Historic Places. Students can pursue specialized BFA programs in a variety of mediums, including painting.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

This BFA program helps students refine their knowledge of the visual arts and gain practical skills in painting. All undergraduate students at CIA begin with foundational courses in the methods, concepts and mediums used in the visual arts. Classes explore drawing, color, design and digital media. Students also fulfill liberal arts requirements in topics such as psychology, philosophy, English, anthropology and art history.

Students receive feedback from faculty and peers through workshops, seminars and studio critiques. At the end of the program, students present their portfolios at a BFA exhibition and prepare both a written statement and oral defense of their work.

Ursuline College

Ursuline College is a Catholic institution that was established for women in 1871. Today, women still make up most of the student body, and only 9% of undergraduates are men. Ursuline's Art Department, in the School of Arts and Sciences, offers students the opportunity to major or minor in visual arts.

Minor in Studio Art

Ursuline students seeking a bachelor's degree in a field other than art can pursue a 26- to 31-credit minor in studio art. The curriculum includes three or four credits each in design, drawing, painting, visual communication and ceramics. Participants must also take an art history course and two advanced studio courses. Those earning a studio art minor may later pursue a bachelor's degree in studio art.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

This studio art program requires 52 credit hours and includes coursework in painting as well as a variety of other visual art mediums. Students fulfill 32 credits of core studio art courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and design as well as ceramics, metalworking and visual communication. Following core classes, students present a portfolio for faculty review and approval for degree candidacy. Once approved, candidates take three art history classes, courses on the visual art profession and art advocacy, plus an elective in the medium of their choice.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art - Painting

The BFA in Studio Art is an 83- to 85-credit program that allows students to engage in studio work in their chosen medium and learn the technical skills necessary to work as a professional artist. Students start by taking 32 credits of core studio art courses in various 2-D and 3-D mediums. They must then present a portfolio of their work in order to be approved as BFA candidates.

BFA students take 12 credits of art history, a 3-credit art history survey, four studio courses in their area of concentration, one studio elective and a for-credit internship. Prior to graduating, aspiring painters prepare a body of work for a formal showing at the college's art gallery.

Other School Options

Students can earn a degree in painting from Kent State University at Kent, which is about 30 miles away from Cleveland. For students seeking painting classes closer to downtown Cleveland, bachelor's degree programs in studio art can be found at Notre Dame College. Other Ohio colleges within 50 miles of Cleveland that offer art or studio art programs include Hiram College, the University of Akron, Oberlin College, Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Malone University in Canton and the University of Mount Union in Alliance.

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