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Laguna College of Art + Design



2222 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, United States

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Drawing and Painting Major

LCAD’s Fine Arts department provides entering students an immersive curriculum that offers a robust learning experience in representational drawing, painting and sculpture with an emphasis placed on academic figuration that serves as a jumping off point. Alongside the building of skills, our courses encourage experimentation with materials and exploration of individual ideas and motivations to broaden student’s visual language, culminating in the development of a body of work that is authentic to each artist.

Students entering senior year are provided a private studio space to work for the entirety of their final year, where they are mentored individually and engage in critical discourse with their peers and distinguished guests. The Fine Arts department offers a BFA in Drawing and Painting, in addition to an Emphasis in Illustration and an Emphasis in Sculpture.

Figurative Sculpture Emphasis 

Our undergraduate Sculpture Emphasis gives students the skills to produce ¼ life-size to monumental sculptures that convey contemporary narrative themes. Our Sculpture curriculum is based in classical techniques and prepares students to enter the competitive field of sculpture by gaining commissions, exhibiting as gallery artists, obtaining public grants, and/or branching out into the entertainment and special effects industries.


Illustration Emphasis 

The Drawing + Painting with Illustration Emphasis zeroes in on the art world found at the intersection of fine arts and illustration to prepare you to work in both traditional and mixed media arts. The program’s curriculum will hone imaginative narratives with design-based aesthetics for commercial and non-commercial applications.

Through both skill building and professional studies curriculum, this emphasis will allow you to take advantage of the representational training of the Drawing + Painting major. You also will gain experience in exhibition, branding, and entrepreneurial skills that will help you to succeed as an independent artist working in a visual style that reflects Imaginative Realism, Pop Surrealism, and mural arts.


Atelier Scholarship 

LCAD is where high value is placed on timeless skills.  All LCAD Approved Atelier students admitted to LCAD's BFA programs in Drawing & Painting are guaranteed at least $30,000 in scholarships. *Amount based on 4-year degree track, a minimum 2.0 GPA and enrolled in at least 9 units each semester. 12 units of transfers are accepted of atelier training based on contact hours. 


Drawing + Painting 

Drawing + Painting w/ Sculpture Emphasis 

Drawing + Painting w/ Illustration Emphasis






Study Abroad Program / Aicad Mobility Program / Florence Academy of Art Summer Full Scholarship Program 

Founded 1961
Course languages (Check multiple if applicable) English
Accreditation BA, MA
BFA, MFA, Post Bacc, Certificate, WASC/NASAD
Part-Time Instructors 12
Full-Time Instructors 4
Students 80
Accommodation Yes

Full time: USD 14750 / semester

Laguna College of Art + Design

2222 Laguna Canyon Rd

Laguna Beach, California, United States

Carl Dobsky

11th Annual ARC Salon Award Winner 

Richard Morris

Drawing + Painting Faculty

Hope Railey

Chair of Fine Arts

Chair of Fine Arts

Joseph Todorovitch

Full Time Assistant Professor

Painting + Drawing Faculty

Kenny Harris

Full Time Assistant Professor

Drawing + Painting Faculty

Brittany Ryan

Sculpture Faculty

Sculpture Faculty

F. Scott Hess

Faculty Drawing + Painting


Betty Shelton

Faculty Drawing + Painting 

Waking Dream by Richard Morris

Salvador Villagran

Kenny Harris

Portrait by Richard Morris

Student Sculpture by Julio Reyes

Wayfare by Nina Ulett

Floral by Miguel Gonzalez

Self Portrait by Miguel Gonzalez

Painting level 2 student

Group Figure Composition by Alex Wagg

Portrait of Morris by Aidan Barker-Hill

3/4 Life Sculpture by LinHui Ding

Figure Drawing by Aidan Barker-Hill

Portrait by Brianna Lee

Life Painting by Nina Ulett

Figure Drawing by junior, Hannah Tjia 2021

Portrait Painting junior, Hannah Tjia 2021

Charlie Goering - Senior Studio Shot

Sculpture Students with monumental sculpture project

2017 Study Abroad / Prague, Vienna, Dresden

F. Scott Hess working in studio

Senior at work in studio

Brittany Ryan chasing a sculpture

Visiting Artist Vincent Desiderio with F. Scott Hess


Musee d'Orsay Study Abroad

Justin Tecson at his Senior Exhibition

Chapman Hamborg painting plein air