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.




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.


Activist Alumna Interviewed on KGNU

CAM alumna, Terrilynn Moore '17, has deep roots in Denver as an active leader.  She was recently featured on KGNU Community Radio to chat about current events, her ten years as a Denver Police Officer, and her current art initiatives–– including a piece on display at City of Aurora 19th Amendment Exhibit.


Online, In-Person, On the Street: Where to Find the Art of Melissa Furness

Art-lovers and fans of Furness’s innovative, cutting-edge, radically different fine art have many options to enjoy her paintings this summer– physically, virtually, and mobile(y)­–yes, even on wheels.


Professional animator and experienced educator to join CU Denver faculty

Brett Rutland brings innovation, creativity, and talent to the Digital Animation Center.

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The 2020 BFA Thesis Website

The incredible creative achievement of graduating seniors receiving the BA and BFA Visual Arts degree culminates in an exhibition of their work and documentation of their scholarship during their last semester of study.

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Top Ranked Visual Arts Programs

Illustration and 3D Graphics & Animation are again named top national programs!

  • Top 20 Nationally Among Public Schools and Colleges
  • Top Public College Animation Program in Colorado
  • Top 10 Nationally Among Public Schools and Colleges
  • #1 in Colorado


I Cannot Heave My Heart Into My Mouth

College of Arts & Media Faculty Exhibition

On Display January 23–February 19
Emmanuel Art Gallery

Ideas, revelations, emotions, and worlds are shared through the various expressions of Art. CU Denver’s accomplished faculty from the College of Arts & Media embody these expressions through their vast and varied mediums.

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How Immersive Technology Can Bring New Audiences Into Opera

Forbes covers Experience La Bohome, a CAM virtual and augmented reality project that offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the Opera Colorado production, and how this technology can bring new excitement to Puccini's masterpiece.