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Admission & Aid

At DU's School of Art & Art History, aspiring artists and art scholars build technical skills, explore historical perspectives and develop critical methodologies for understanding visual mediums. We offer BA, BFA and MA degrees that prepare you for careers as creatives, administrators, curators and educators. 

From campus visits to enrollment, we make the admission process as streamlined as possible. We offer several financial aid options, as well as merit-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate Students

The School of Art and Art History offers four undergraduate degrees and two minors. Scroll down for admissions and financial aid information, or click on the links below to explore a particular program.

Undergraduate students take a class trip to view Chihuly art at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Undergraduate Admission

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Are you interested in pursuing an art or art history degree? Use the resources below to get started. Undergraduates are admitted into our BA program. If you're a first-year student interested in pursuing a BFA in studio art or pre-art conservation, you'll enter as a BA and may apply for the BFA after beginning coursework. If you are an advanced transfer student interested in the BFA in pre-art conservation, please contact the conservation advisor to learn about applying before coursework begins. If you're interested in pursuing a joint BA/MA or a BFA, you will enter as a BA and apply for those paths after acceptance to the BA program.

Undergraduate Aid & Scholarships

Making Higher Education Possible

There are several scholarship options available to art majors. Once accepted, we'll send you information about how to submit a portfolio for scholarship consideration. The School of Art & Art History works with the Office of Financial Aid to determine award amounts for each student.

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Graduate Students

The School of Art and Art History offers two graduate program options. Students may choose to complete an MA in art history, or an MA in art history with a museum studies concentration. Click the link below to learn more about the programs, or scroll down for admissions and financial aid information.

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Graduate Admission

If you're ready to extend your education in a rigorous and collaborative environment, we invite you to apply to our MA program in art history or our MA with a concentration in museum studies. 

The priority deadline is January 31. We ask that international applicants send materials six weeks prior to the January 31 deadline.  Limited application fee waivers are available for current DU students, DU alumni, McNair Scholars, Peace Corps members, AmeriCorps members,  City Year members, and veterans. To request a fee waiver, contact [email protected].

Recommended Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • 5 undergraduate art history classes with strong grades
  • 2 years of college-level language
  • GRE minimum scores (153 verbal, 4.0 writing)

Application Process

  1. Take the GRE and indicate DU to receive scores
  2. Submit graduate school application online
  3. Request transcripts from all colleges attended
  4. Submit 3 letters of recommendation (professors able to comment on research and writing are best, but one can be from a museum or gallery employer)
  5. Submit a research paper (with notes and bibliography, art history preferred)
  6. Submit a letter outlining your reasons for graduate study and your professional goals

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Graduate Aid & Scholarships

Helping Graduate Students Succeed

We're proud to offer merit-based financial assistance to most graduate students. The School of Art & Art History provides aid in the form of dean's tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships. All accepted students will be considered for merit-based aid. For questions regarding your application or this kind of aid, please contact the graduate advisor, Annette Stott.

Contact the Graduate Advisor

Federal financial aid, including federal student loans and work study, is need-based. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for need-based aid. The Office of Financial Aid handles federal financial aid and all loans.

Office of Financial Aid

Dual Degree Students

We offer an accelerated dual-degree program to motivated art history majors. This opportunity allows you to earn your BA and MA simultaneously, with the option of a museum studies concentration. 

Click the link below to learn more about the program, or scroll down for admissions and financial aid information.

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BA/MA Admission

A Highly Selective Dual-Degree Program

We offer an accelerated dual-degree program to motivated art history majors. This opportunity allows you to earn your BA and MA simultaneously, with the option of a museum studies concentration. 

You can apply during your junior year. A decision from the Graduate Art History Committee will come at the beginning of your senior year before any graduate-level courses are taken.

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BA/MA Aid & Scholarships

As a student in the dual degree program, you will start out by utilizing our undergraduate aid and scholarships. The School of Art & Art History works with the Office of Financial Aid to determine award amounts for each student.

Graduate scholarships from the School of Art & Art History are primarily merit-based and consist of dean’s tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships. All accepted students will be considered for these aid options. You will be eligible for the merit-based graduate aid once you complete your BA degree.

As soon as you are officially accepted into the dual degree program, we recommend that you work directly with the graduate advisor, Annette Stott. The advisor can help you determine how best to make use of the undergraduate and graduate aid available. This will include a recommendation on whether to have your BA and MA degrees awarded simultaneously or separately, as the degree award timing is closely tied to your financial aid options. 

Contact the Graduate Advisor

 

Additional Resources for All Students

CAHSS Financial Support 

CAHSS offers a variety of awards to offset the cost of tuition. From merit-based awards to travel grants to supporting diversity initiatives, we encourage all our students to apply for additional support. 

  • Student Inclusive Excellence Project Award (undergraduate only)
  • Student Research Award (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Summer Internship Award Program (undergraduate only)
  • Sturm Family Foundation Internship Awards (undergraduate only)

DU Financial Support 

In addition to the aid that the College and department provide, we encourage you to make use of DU's scholarships, grants and financial aid services.