Turn your artistic talent into a proud profession

If even your doodles blow your friends away, you may have a gift the world needs. Whether you’ve been dreaming of a career in illustration or the finest of fine arts, you can cultivate your talent at Susquehanna University.

Start right away developing your distinctive personal style. You will master a broad foundation of skills with a special focus on one technique or medium. By studying art history and contemporary art, you’ll come to understand where your vision fits in a broader context. You’ll see yourself in conversation with the past, present and future of visual arts. Make yourself at home and get inspired in our dedicated studio building for drawing, painting and print making. As you build your body of work, you’ll have plenty of chances to exhibit it and receive feedback from faculty, peers and art world professionals.

Get paid for getting real-world experience by taking advantage of studio assistantships that build networks and give you experience managing a professional creative space. Your senior year you will mount a public exhibition of your work in the Lore Degenstein Gallery and experience what it’s like to showcase your work in a professional gallery with museum standards. With a degree in painting and drawing from Susquehanna, you’ll make a strong candidate for a Master of Fine Arts program or for a job opening as a gallery or museum employee, art buyer, corporate consultant or professional artist or illustrator. You’ll be on your way to helping the world see with fresh eyes.

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Making, breaking and pushing artistic boundaries  

You can express your artistic self at Susquehanna in a multitude of media embracing everything from pastels to graphic design software in a dynamic and creative community.

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Potential Careers

  • Gallery director
  • Art educator
  • Artist-in-residence
  • Art therapist

Recent Employers

  • California College of the Arts
  • Montclair State University
  • Marywood University

World-class art exhibits on campus

From its annual Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Exhibition to spectacular sculptures to pop-culture posters, the Lore Degenstein Gallery hosts four professional art shows a year. Additionally, you can have the opportunity for a solo student show or curate a traveling exhibit.

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Studying for a Degree in Painting and Drawing

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in painting and drawing at Susquehanna.

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See the full list of related programs on the School of the Arts page.

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Art and Design

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Amanda Lenig, department head