Creating and studying works of art and visual images are the principal activities of the Department of Art and Art History. Included are creative work in studio areas, technical investigation, art history, and research activities. The department covers a broad spectrum of professional interests in its instructional programs. Through undergraduate courses you will come to understand the meaning, purpose, historical and cultural development of art objects and appreciate the relationship of these objects to other humanistic disciplines such as literature and philosophy.

The department offers two separate undergraduate majors that lead to the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree: art history and art prctices. A bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree in creative arts is also available. The B.F.A. program requires more extensive work in studio areas and is more professional and rigorous in nature than the B.A. program.  A major in the Department of Art and Art History with a minimum of 30 hours of ARTS/ARTH and/or trasnfer credit hours and successful portfolio review are required for the admission into the BFA program.

Art history provides introductory courses in world art with specialized, upper-division courses in European, American, North American Indian, Asian, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, as well as special topics courses. Art history courses encourage students to consider stylistic, historical, intellectual, and critical analyses of works of art from many different historical periods and cultures. As a major you’ll become familiar with the varied methodologies used to consider and analyze works of art in their historical context, and develop a thorough knowledge of artistic media and techniques. Oral and written communication skills are emphasized.

The program in art practices offers the best professional art training in the Rocky Mountain region. Programs are offered in painting; drawing; sculpture; printmaking; ceramics; and electronic media which includes video, photography and digital art. There are opportunities to develop an interdisciplinary emphasis as well. Metal and woodshop facilities are available to support studio activities. In addition to serving students in the art major, the program provides a limited number of elective courses to nonmajors.

The study of art is excellent preparation for careers in a wide variety of fields. Some students consider the B.F.A. in practices preparation for life as a professional artist. Curatorial positions in museums and galleries, library work, public relations, commercial illustration, advertising, marketing, and publishing are other areas that utilize skills acquired by art graduates. With graduate and professional training you may prepare for work in areas of the visual arts or enter fields such as law, education, business administration, architecture, art restoration and conservation, or art therapy, to name a few possibilities.

 

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work.

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.”

The Department of Art and Art History is in the new Visual Arts Complex (VAC), which features state-of-the-art equipment, studios, exhibition and classroom spaces. The VAC also houses the CU Art Museum, which has over 8,000 objects in a wide range of artistic media in its permanent collection, including works by Dali, Matisse, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Rodin, and Warhol. In addition to a rotating series of exhibitions, each semester the Museum hosts our students’ BFA and MFA exhibitions.

The department offers a visiting artist program that regularly brings to campus internationally recognized artists and critics. Similarly, the department’s visiting scholar program invites leading scholars to campus. Free public lectures by these visitors are regular features of these programs. All students are strongly encouraged to attend.

An internship program provides junior and senior-level students the opportunity to work in art-related agencies and receive up to 6 credit hours while learning how a major in art can lead to a variety of careers that are often overlooked. If interested, you should discuss this program with the departmental internship director.

The experience of studying abroad can prove invaluable for you as an art major. Your first-hand experience abroad can provide you with new insights into the fine arts of another country or world region. The university offers more than 100 programs throughout the world. You can earn credit that counts as if you had taken courses here, in some cases fulfilling major and core requirements. You may spend a few weeks to a full academic year abroad, depending on the program you select. 

Prior language study or other prerequisites are necessary for some programs, so early planning is essential. More information is available from the Office of International Education, located in the Center for Community, 303-492-7741.

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.
 

Art History 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year.

First Year – Fall Semester
ARTS 1010
(3): Intro to Studio Art
ARTH 1300 (3): History of World Art 1
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematic Skills)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower Division Written Communication)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
ARTS 1020
(3): Intro to Studio Art 2
ARTH 1400 (3): History of World Art 2
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: United States Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
ARTH 3000 or 4000 course
(3): (Elective/Major/upper-division Art History)
CORE/Elective (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science  http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)  

Second Year – Spring Semester
ARTH 3000 or 4000 course
(3): (Elective/Major/upper-division Art History)
CORE/Elective (3): Content Area of Study (example: Lower-Division Literature & the Arts)
CORE (3): Natural Science
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: United States Context)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Third Year – Fall Semester
ARTH 4000 level course
(3)
ARTH 4000 level course (3)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)  
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Third Year – Spring Semester
ARTH 4000 level course
(3)
ARTH 3000 or 4000 level course (3)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
ARTH 4000 level course
(3)
ARTS/ARTH (3): Upper-Division or Lower-Division (major elective)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideas & Values)
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
ARTH 4919 Capstone Seminar
(3): Topics in Art History
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.

Art Practices 4-Year Plan
Average 30 credits per year

First Year – Fall Semester
ARTS 1010
(3): Intro to Studio Art
ARTH 1300 (3): History of World Art 1
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematic Skills)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Lower-Division Written Communication)
Elective/MAPS (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
ARTS 1020
(3): Intro to Studio Art 2
ARTH 1400 (3): History of World Art 2
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Historical Context)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Human Diversity)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
ARTS
(3): Studio Emphasis, 2000 level course
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: United States Context)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science  http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science)
CORE/Elective (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)

Second Year – Spring Semester
ARTS
(3): Studio Emphasis, 2000 level course
CORE (3): Natural Science
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Contemporary Societies)
CORE/Elective (3)
Elective/MAPS (3) 


Third Year – Fall Semester
ARTS
(3): Studio Emphasis (Upper-Division)
ARTH (3): Upper-Division
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Natural Science with lab)  
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (example: Upper-Division Written Communication)
Elective (3): Upper-Division

Third Year – Spring Semester
ARTS
(3): Studio Emphasis (Upper-Division)
ARTH (3): Upper-Division
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideas & Values)
CORE/Elective (3): Upper-Division
CORE/Elective (3)


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
ARTS
(3): Studio Emphasis (Upper-Division)
ARTS (3): Upper-Division or Lower-Division (major elective)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (example: Ideas & Values)
Elective/MAPS (3): Upper-Division
Elective/MAPS (3)

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
ARTS
(3): Studio Emphasis (Upper-Division)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)
Elective/MAPS (3)


Other Major Courses/Prereqs/Pertinent Info.

  • ARTH 1300 offered only in fall term
  • ARTH 1400 offered only in spring term
  • ARTS 1010 is pre-requisite to all other ARTS/ARTH courses. 
  • Studio 1 emphasis class can be taken in same term as ARTS 1020 with instructor permission