The Department of Art and Art History affirms the power of art to transform individuals and society. We are committed to the practice, production, critical and historical study of art within a liberal arts education that encourages experimentation and independence of thought. Our faculty offers a rigorous curriculum that crosses disciplines and attracts inquisitive, dedicated students with wide-ranging interests, encouraging creative investigation as an essential skill informed by the highest standards of critical thought. Our diverse faculty, students, and staff are committed to ongoing engagement with communities locally and globally.”
We are dedicated to core initiatives articulated in the Flagship 2030 strategic planning document, with particular emphasis on Learning for a Diverse World. In addition to embracing diversity in our hiring practices, reflected within the department’s demographics outlined in the unit profile, our artists embrace a wide range of artistic practices that are informed by a wide range of cultural traditions. While many art practices faculty exhibit in traditional venues, including galleries and museums, many are interested in engaging diverse communities by exhibiting in public spaces or alternative venues. Similarly, the art historians are committed to a multicultural approach to their discipline, with particular emphasis on situating the art of the Americas within a global framework.
The Department of Art and Art History (AAH) consists of two programs, in art history and in art practices. The art history program offers the B.A. and the M.A degree. The art practices program is divided into five areas that offer degree tracks for the BA, BFA, and MFA degrees: Ceramics, Integrated Media Arts Practices (IMAP), Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture & Post-Studio Practice. The Foundations area works with the five art practices areas in developing a common introductory curriculum for all undergraduates in art practices. In addition, the department confers the M.A. and M.F.A. to graduate students from the Film Studies Program. The department is committed to providing our students a depth of training in a specific field that equips them for interdisciplinary inquiry, whether in art history or in art practices. For the latter program, the five art practices areas provide a sustained inquiry in an artistic field that allows students to develop as creative thinkers, equipped to chart their own trajectories.
For incoming freshman and transfer students interested in Art History and Studio Arts please refer to the University of Colorado Admissions.