ABOUT VISUAL ARTS

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.

 

EMPHASIS AREAS:

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

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.

Photography

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.

2022 animation career review ranking

Top Ranked Animation Program

CU Denver's 3D Graphics & Animation again makes the list of top nationally-ranked animation programs from Animation Career Review in the 2022 Program Rankings!

Check out the stats for the highly ranked CU Denver top-tier academic program.

  •  #1 in Colorado among Public Schools

  • Top 20 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges

Denmark: Scandinavian by design

CAM Goes Global


In 2022, CAM students will travel to New York City, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Italy, and India. Read more about the unique opportunities available for students in the fields of visual arts, sound, design, music, and film.

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Art Attack: Gallery Shows and Events Not to Miss

(Westword)––This week's Art Attack sends readers to BRDG Project to view the student-run show of digital media photography from CU Denver's Jasmine Colgan and Alejandra Abad. Also recommended is the Night Lights celebration of Women's History Month and the projection of the work of a dozen women artists on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower. The show is curated by Visual Arts alum Sharifa Moore, an independent curator and executive director of Denver Digerati.