At CU Denver students use photography as a form of creative expression while expanding their knowledge of the medium as a critical dialogue in contemporary culture. From the darkroom to the digital lab, students build the technical and conceptual skills that are necessary to produce meaningful and provocative photographs. Discussions of the theoretical implications of the medium strengthen the ability to communicate ideas both visually and verbally.
Studio work is complemented by theory and history courses, as well as by instruction on how to promote oneself as an artist. Faculty focus on personal artistic expression, broad conceptual concerns, and nurturing the creative process. Although graduates have gone on to work in various professional environments, the program emphasizes fine arts photography.
Our students and graduates have shown their work internationally, exhibiting everywhere from New York, San Francisco,
and Boston to Paris, Florence, Helsinki, and Toronto. And of course many take advantage of Denver’s growing art scene.
Students interested in the Photography program must first be admitted to CU Denver. Students who wish to declare a Photography major must first successfully complete a selection of Visual Arts Foundation courses with a grade of C or better. Students who meet the requirements will be eligible to register for required upper-division studio photography courses.