Art History familiarizes students with a range of developments in the history of art while developing skills in critical thinking, writing, research and the study of visual culture. After a two-semester introduction to the foundations of art and architectural history, students choose from an array of advanced courses on specific topics.
This curriculum concludes with capstone seminars on the methods of art historical scholarship as well as a thesis project. Upper-division classes are small, and Art History faculty are active and respected scholars in the field, pursuing ground-breaking research, and publishing and presenting their scholarship around the world. The curriculum includes a built-in, open studio component, a unique attribute to the CU Denver Art History program.
Art History graduates pursue a wide range of professions, including careers in museums (such as curatorial work), galleries, education, exhibition installation, arts administration, reproductions and retailing, preservation and conservation, publishing, freelance writing, art librarianship, visual resources curation, art and estate appraising, architecture, arts organization consulting, and arts advising.
Art History students take two capstone seminars with the aim of developing advanced skills in the discipline and then applying them toward a research project. Check out the graduating class of 2019 thesis work on the BFA Thesis Webpage!
Those admitted to CU Denver will be automatically enrolled in the program if they specified Art History on their university application. Current students in other programs may change their major to Art History, as long as their cumulative University of Colorado GPA is at least a 2.0.