Department of Art & Art History

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Visual Arts Complex
Visual Arts Complex

Prospective Students

In 2010, the Department of Art and Art History moved to its new 170,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, the Visual Arts Complex located at the heart of the CU campus near downtown Boulder. With nearly 1000 undergraduate art majors and 50 graduate students, the department is a vibrant community of students, artists, and art historians. The 27 full-time faculty from 2 programs and 6 areas including Art History, IMAP (photography, digital media, video, integrated arts), Ceramics, Foundations, Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice, Printmaking, and Painting and Drawing are highly active in their respective fields, from publishing important articles and books on historical and contemporary art to exhibiting in galleries and museums to establishing non-traditional artist venues and opportunities. The faculty are also committed teachers and mentors who work closely with both undergraduate and graduate students, helping them to realize their individual visions as artists and historians.

The Department of Art and Art History offers 5 undergraduate degrees and 3 graduate degrees, which allow students to explore their interests and refine their skills in Art History, IMAP (photography, digital media, video, integrated arts), Ceramics, Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice, Printmaking, and Painting and Drawing. The department also collaborates with Film Studies to offer joint programming. Undergraduates may pursue the BA or BA/MA in art history, a BA or BFA in studio art, or a BA/MA in Film Studies. Graduate students enroll in the MA in Art History program, MFA in Studio Art program or MBA/MA program. Additionally, in collaboration with the Film Studies Program, the Department of Art and Art History offers a Filmmaking MFA Track. The undergraduate internship program provides students the opportunity to gain professional experience in museums, not-for-profit arts organization, and working directly with professional artists. The Visiting Artist and Visiting Scholars Programs complement the department’s course offerings by bringing several renowned artists and scholars to campus to speak and meet with students each semester.

Students who have graduated from our program have gone on to work for museums and galleries; have been hired to teach at colleges and art schools as artists and art historians; have developed public art projects in different cities; and have establish professional careers as artists throughout the country.

BA in Art History
BA in Studio Art
BFA in Studio Arts
BA and MA in Art History
BA and MA in Film Studies 

For incoming freshman and transfer students interested in Art History and Studio Arts please refer to the University of Colorado Admissions.

Graduate Programs
MA/MFA Graduate Application Information