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.


Where Do Art History Graduates Find Careers?

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.

Class Of 2020 Student Work BA Visual Arts Learning Outcomes

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 2020 thesis work on the BFA Thesis Webpage!

    For more information about the Art History emphasis, contact the Visual Arts Department by email or call 303-315-1501.

    For full information about degree requirements and curriculum visit the program page on the CU Denver catalog