Chart your own artistic course with a bachelor of fine arts in studio art. In our program, you'll be exposed to multiple mediums and can choose to concentrate in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture or continue working in multiple modes. We also encourage collaboration with creatives in film, theater, dance and other areas. 

Your instructors will provide you with essential tools and guidance as you develop your unique aesthetic. With your peers, you’ll practice the art of critique and learn to give and receive constructive feedback. In art history seminars, you’ll learn from the masters, turning your aesthetic inclinations and aversions into critical analysis. At the end of their program, students exhibit their work professionally in the Vicki Myhren Gallery. Our art BFA graduates go on to become professional artists, educators and arts managers. 

Why Study Studio 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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    We provide local and national internships, enabling students to gain the experience needed to secure employment after graduation.

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    Our official partnerships with the Denver Art Museum, the University’s Vicki Myhren Gallery and 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.

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    Students graduate with exhibition experience, offering professional exposure.

Degree Requirements

Studio Art BFA

  • If admitted to the University and the School of Art and Art History (SAAH), all students will be entered into the BA program in their area of interest. Students interested in pursuing a BFA in studio art apply under the guidance of a faculty member once enrolled in SAAH.
  • To major in studio art, students must complete 110 to 135 credits of art. Required coursework includes 20 credits of art foundations, 20 credits of art history and 70 credits of studio art. 
  • Requirements for a distinction include a minimum of 3.3 major GPA, minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, completion of three classes studio art classes beyond the introductory level and completion of a special project with distinction and accompanying paper.

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

Studio Art Minor

  • The Studio Art Minor offers students the opportunity to focus on Studio Art courses. 
  • The minor consists of six courses, including two required courses and four elective ARTS courses. Two of the elective courses must be upper division.
  • Student may substitute one Art History Courses for an upper devision Studio Art courses if desired.

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


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