Areas of Study
The School of Art, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design, was established in 1893 and its first graduate degree was conferred in 1932. The curriculum is divided into seven areas of study: art history, ceramics, graphic design, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting and drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Curricula within these areas lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design and Studio Arts; and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History, Art Education K-12 Broadfield, and Liberal Arts Studio. Minors are also available in Art History (non-teaching) and Art Education K-12. Graduate degrees offered are the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art and Master of Art in Art History.
Admission to Studio Art Programs
During the first year in the School of Art, students receive formative assessment of their work through the Foundations Advisory Portfolio meetings, helping prepare them for the remaining three year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studio Arts, the Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Total enrollment in the program shall be limited by the teaching resources and space capacities of the School of Art. Spaces available each year will be awarded to those applicants with the greatest creative promise and highest scholastic achievement. While the School of Art does not accept Advanced Placement Studio Art credits to fulfill the foundations level courses the School does allow substitution of those credits for some 200 level studio courses.
Students transferring from other academic departments within the University may be required to take ARTZ 105RA, ARTZ 109RA & ARTZ 110RA regardless of prior coursework. Portfolio critique for transfer students will take place as needed depending on transfer credits and the program of study. Contact the School of Art for details.
BFA Admission to Studio Arts and Graphic Design
In the Studio Arts Option-BFA and Graphic Design Option-BFA a formative assessment is required for all students before admittance to 300/400 level courses. Prospective students who are transferring from similar programs at other institutions must also submit portfolios. Contact the School of Art for details and deadlines.
The curriculum for art majors is composed of both required and elective courses within the School and supporting courses from the other schools and departments of the College of Arts and Architecture and the University. Students may be limited to two studio courses per semester based on space availability and teaching resources. Required courses outside of the School of Art have either specific application to the student's particular concentration or general application to a liberal arts education. The purpose of the curriculum is to develop perceptual and technical skills and to establish a foundation of ideas which gives meaning and direction to this training. The many and varied departments within the University offer the art student a rich source of technical, philosophical, and scientific information.
Provided is a list of links to curriculum requirements in each area of study.
- Art Education K-12
- Art Education K-12 minor
- Art History
- Art History minor (non-teaching)
- Graphic Design
- Liberal Arts – Studio BA
- Studio Arts
Assessment Reports 2016 - 2014:
For more information and curriculum requirements on the individual areas of study click on the links to the right to learn more.