In the Visual Arts Department at CU Denver, the city becomes our canvas, industry leaders become professors and a passion becomes a profession. We do our best work designing in a digital lab or putting paint to canvas in a studio. Our students have access to state-of-the art digital labs, sculpture studios, industrial equipment and darkrooms. They find opportunities at the Denver Art Museum, in galleries across the Front Range and at digital studios like Pixar. That’s how the College of Arts & Media unites the ability to create with the means to succeed.



3D Graphics & Animation

Preparing students to work in a growing variety of fields that use animated digital computer graphics, 3D Graphics & Animation is operated by the nationally ranked and recognized CU Denver Digital Animation Center. 

Art History

Art History studies visual cultures, spanning ancient to contemporary art and across diverse media. Students hone skills in research, visual analysis, and communications, while understanding and expressing art in its social and cultural contexts.

Art Practices

Art Practices is a professional degree program in studio art, where students self-select two studio art concentrations. The emphasis provides students with dynamic knowledge of the materials, methods, concepts and subjects to make them competitive in the global contemporary art world.

Digital Design

Through an interdisciplinary approach, Digital Design produces designers who use technology in innovative ways and understand the cultural impact of digital technologies to produce solutions for branding, advertising, social causes and to solve human problems.


Illustration is a practice in conceptual illustration, digital illustration, rendering, perspective, painting, exhibition preparation, professional practices and the use of various artistic and illustration techniques.


Developing skills in traditional and digital photography while refining creative and conceptual approaches to the medium, Photography emphasizes artistic development integrating the history of photography, critical theory, and contemporary practice.

Cool Schools: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance teaches STEM career options to students

3D Animation student Pauline Nunez shares how her experience interning with the tech team at the Cleo Robinson School of Dance has influenced her as student, innovator, and creative. Learn more about how Denver legend Cleo Robinson integrates science, technology, arts, and media education in her work.

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DARIA Reviews Melissa Furness and Rian Kerrane: histordomest-icity

The Collaborative Art Work of Melissa Furness and Rian Kerrane

Center for the Arts Evergreen
31880 Rocky Village Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439
March 5–April 9, 2021
Admission: Free
Review by Laura I. Miller

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Professor Yang Wang to Give Lecture at DAM

The Color of Dust Lecture | Denver Art Museum

Yang Wang examines the factors that gave rise to the Chang’an School within the context of Maoist China’s interconnected political, economic, environmental, and cultural policies and argues the artistic depiction of the Loess Plateau was a manifold statement of nationhood.

Free for students.