Students who receive a BA from DU's renowned art program develop a well-rounded foundation in the practices and history of visual art. We offer broad education and training in art techniques, theory and criticism, and you'll gain experience with a range of media from painting to ceramics. Meanwhile, you'll develop valuable historical context as you work to find your artistic voice. Upper-level electives allow you to specialize in whatever captivates you, whether that's portrait photography or screen printing.

As part of this major, you're required to complete a minor or an additional major. This requirement allows you to acquire relevant skills in related areas across the university. For example, students who earn a BA can double major in journalism to prepare for a career in media or advertising, in art history to prepare for a curatorial career, or even in business for a career in nonprofit arts management. Many alumni have gone on to pursue graduate study or employment in a range of art-related fields.

Why Study Art at DU?

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    Art students enjoy small class sizes in state-of-the-art facilities and open access to arts supplies, resources and technologies.

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    Our official partnerships with the Denver Art Museum, the University’s Vicki Myhren Gallery and the Madden Museum of Fine Art give students opportunities for hands-on experiences that supplement their classroom learning.

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    We introduce students to internationally renowned visiting artists, curators and scholars to expand their professional network.

Degree Requirements

  • To major in art, students complete 60 credits of art courses.
  • Requirements include 16 credits in art foundations, 12 credits in art history and 32 credits of studio art courses. 
  • BA students may combine majors or minors within the School of Art & Art History, but no reduction in total credits will be allowed.
  • Requirements for a distinction include a minimum of 3.3 major GPA, minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, completion of three studio art classes beyond the introductory level and completion of a special project with distinction.

For more information about courses, degree/minor requirements and the program, visit the DU Undergraduate Bulletin.


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