Academics & Admissions
A Creative Cornerstone of the Community
The School of Art & Art History teaches the technical processes and diverse histories of art, as well as methods of analyzing visual culture. We aim to widen understandings of visual expression while helping our students articulate their unique aesthetics and share them with the world. Our instruction helps students think critically and conceptually so they can make significant contributions to society.
About SAAH Programs
Our programs take a cross-disciplinary approach to creating, preserving and showcasing fine art. They're designed to prepare you for a variety of professional roles in the art world, from working as a practicing artist to becoming a museum curator or conservator.
In addition to completing coursework, we encourage students to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities — such as study abroad, internships and working in on-campus or local galleries and museums — to help you develop essential real-world skills and get hands-on experience.
Scott Montgomery, Faculty, Associate Professor, Art History
I think the greatest strength of our programs is the size. You’ll have regular access to internationally known scholars.
Multiple art galleries on campus provide students opportunities to have their own work displayed or to curate the work of others. With exhibits and events featuring regionally, nationally and internationally known artists, students have the opportunity to expand their art experience.
Our art collections continue to grow, primarily through gifts by alumni and friends of the University. Recent acquisitions include gifts of works by Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Vito Acconci. Students have the opportunity to curate exhibitions from the collections, and the works are available for student research.
We offer hands-on work experience at partnering institutions, including the Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, The Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts and Mountain States Art Conservation. Students also benefit from the opportunity to learn from faculty members who are active curators and conservators at local institutions.
Annette Stott, Professor of Art History
Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to see firsthand the art and architecture you study in the classroom and to see it in its proper cultural context. Nothing can replace the experience of studying the Ghent Altarpiece at St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent or conserving old Italian paintings in Florence or painting in Akita, Japan, or making art at the Glasgow School of Art or wandering the halls of the Louvre in Paris.
Micah Messenheimer (MA ’10, MLIS ’10), Interned at the Denver Art Museum while at DU
I really appreciated the emphasis on internships. I really think that’s essential — you have to be active in the field to learn the skills you need.