The Faculty of Painting prepares the students for their individual work in the fields of easel painting, architectural painting and unique textile as well as for stage design. Within the curriculum there are additionally: core subjects such as visual effects and structures, painting technology, anatomy and perspective, supplementary instruction for specializations such as sculpture, integration of painting, architecture and urban spaces, lettering, graphic art, mural painting, as well as general studies such as history of art and culture, philosophy, sociology of culture, theory of art, foreign languages, physical education, thesis pro-seminar and seminar. Every year the faculty organizes plein-air painting sessions in Zakopane (in the Tatra Mountains), where the Academy has its house.
Many a distinguished artists studied painting and then became well known in Polish and world art. The list is quite large; let us then name only some of them, starting with Jan Matejko and his disciples: painter, poet and dramatist Stanisław Wyspiański, Józef Mehoffer and Jacek Malczewski. In the 20th century among distinguished graduates of the Academy there were Louis Marcousis, Moise Kisling, Tadeusz Makowski, painter and dramatist Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (known as Witkacy), Jerzy Nowosielski, film director Andrzej Wajda, painter and theatre creator Tadeusz Kantor, painter Jan Szancenbach.