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Visual and Performing Arts

Sample Classes You Might Take:

  • American Musical Theatre
  • World Musics
  • Guitar Musicianship
  • Introduction to Dance and Culture
  • Voice and Movement for the Stage
  • Costume Technologies
  • Principles of Color
  • Advanced Photo-Imaging
  • Contemporary Public Art

"I have always wanted to be an actress. The theater program has provided me with opportunities to be a student of theater, as well as several opportunities to perform each semester. I have an audition for a new agency in Denver tomorrow afternoon and then an audition on Saturday morning for the spring season for the CU Department of Theater and Dance. By participating in plays, I have learned about the rehearsal process and how to be more professional."

- Katie Cross, Theatre Performance & Broadcast Production

You like to sketch in notebooks and doodle on the back of envelopes. You revere Ansel Adams, DeKooning, or Sondheim. You have an eye for the balance of light and composition in your photographs. In high school you auditioned for the lead in your high school musical. With a degree in these fields you can be a performer, set designer, artist, or a composer.

At CU-Boulder...

  • The College of Music boasts a ratio of approximately one faculty member for every six students. This enables students to benefit from dynamic, personal interaction with professors who are respected performers, composers, educators, and scholars.

  • The dance division offers a variety of dance courses with a curriculum designed to develop concrete skills in performance and choreography and to instill an appreciation of the role that dance plays in human culture around the world. Students are offered a variety of opportunities to perform under the direction of faculty members, visiting artists, and student choreographers.

  • The theater division offers courses that build a strong foundation in theory and practice. In addition to the theater department’s full season of plays and musicals, students can also audition for undergraduate directing projects, such as CU Fringe Festival, Performers Without Borders, the Interactive Theatre Project, and film projects for student directors in the Film Studies Program.

  • The Department of Art and Art History provides individual mentoring with students and small class sizes. The department’s internship program allows upper-level undergraduate majors to work with institutions, programs, businesses, and individuals in the arts. Home to the CU-Art Museum and the Department of Art and Art History—the Visual Arts Complex includes studios, galleries, classrooms, lecture halls, wood and metal shops and storage for CU's permanent art collection, one of the most significant art collections in the American West.

  • The Libby Arts Residential Academic Program is an artistic community in Libby Hall offering courses in visual arts, theatre and dance, and film studies.

Programs and Majors

College of Arts and Sciences

Art History
English (with Creative Writing emphasis)
Film Studies - Areas of concentration: Filmmaking, Critical Studies
Studio Arts - Areas of concentration: Ceramics, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Video/Film, Media Arts)
Theatre - Areas of concentration: Performance, Design/Technology, or Musical Theatre

Technology, Arts, and Media (TAM) Minor
Creative Writing Minor

College of Music

Music - Areas of concentration include: composition, musicology, jazz studies, and performance.

The jazz studies area includes jazz guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, jazz bass, and drum set.

Performance areas include voice, voice with an emphasis in music theatre, piano, organ, harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion.

Music Education - Degree tracks include choral music, instrumental music, choral-general music or instrumental-general music.

Certificates in Jazz Studies, Music Technology