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December 15 — Domestic applicants
December 1 — International applicants
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As a prospective graduate student, you are required to submit an application to the Graduate School. Be prepared to submit program-specific supplementary materials for your concentration with your graduate application. Anyone who holds a bachelors or graduate degree from a university of recognized standing and earned the equivalent of a 3.00 (4.00 = “A” scale) grade-point average of 3.00 in the last two years of work leading to the bachelor's degree is eligible to apply for admission to Graduate Education. In addition to these requirements, please check the admission requirements for your preferred program.
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The Graduate Information Session provides prospective graduate students with a broad overview of CU Boulder’s graduate program offerings, opportunities for CU Boulder graduate students and helpful resources for graduate students across the disciplines.
Prospective students applying to the Department of Art and Art History apply to the University of Colorado Boulder and are placed in the Bachelor of Arts degree program in either Art History or Art Practices at the time of admission. There is no portfolio required at the time of admission to CU. Some programs will require a portfolio when you declare that you will be pursuing a BFA (typically during your third year of study). Refer to the Office of Admissions for more information about the admissions process.
The Office of Undergraduate Education develops and oversees first-year seminars and first-year interest groups; coordinates undergraduate academic policy; coordinates the campus advising structure; and is responsible for the coordination and assessment of campus retention and persistence initiatives.
First-Year Application Deadlines:
October 1 — Spring Semester
November 15 — Fall & Summer early action deadline
January 15 — Fall & Summer regular decision deadline
The following degree programs are available at the undergraduate level:
- BA Art History
- Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's (BAM) in Art History
- BA Art Practices
- BFA Art Practices
- Minor in Art History
- Minor in Art Practices
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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
The BFA degree in Art Practices is a more specialized degree in studio art. It allows you to take a higher number of courses through the Art & Art History Department. Choose this degree if you want to create a personal portfolio, attend graduate school, want a career directly related to the arts, or are interested in pursuing a teaching career at the college level.
Requirements include 63 credits of ARTS & ARTH coursework, passing a BFA Portfolio review, completing lower-division required courses, taking the BFA Seminar class, and a recommended GPA of 3.0 within Art & Art History.
October 15 — Fall semester
March 15 — Spring semester
Our Post-Baccalaureate option is for artists who have finished their undergraduate degree and would like additional time and space to develop work while immersed in a dynamic community of artists. During their time at CU, post-bac students develop lasting professional relationships with their peers and faculty, relationships that often continue to influence their work as artists throughout their professional careers. Students may participate in the Post-Baccalaureate option for one or two semesters.
The post-bac option is a non-certificate program and does not qualify for financial aid.
April 15 — Fall semester
November 15 — Spring semester
International students should visit the International Admissions for specific admissions requirements and documentation.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is committed to supporting international students and scholars and their dependents. Take a moment to explore the ISSS mission & vision statements, values, services, and community.
We are glad that you are considering transferring to the University of Colorado Boulder. Each year, top students from around the world find their place at CU Boulder. With our outstanding academic programs, excellent faculty and a diverse community of students, you will find unique and engaging opportunities on campus and in Boulder. We look forward to working with you as you continue to pursue your educational goals. Information is located within the transfer student menu on the admissions page.
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We are centrally located within the Visual Arts Complex (VAC) on the main campus of the University of Colorado Boulder
Main Office: 303.492.3580
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