Visual Arts
Accolades & Rankings

Top Ranked UX Program

Top Ranked Graphic Design Program

CU Denver Digital Design received top honors in the country as top school for User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI)from Animation Career Review  in the 2024 Program Rankings!

  • #1 in Colorado among private and public schools
  • #5 among schools in the Southwest


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 2023 Program Rankings!

  • #1 in Colorado among all schools
  • Top 20 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges 
  • Top 10 in the Southwest
  • Top 50 Nationally among schools offering an Animation related BFA 


Top 10 Public Illustration Programs

CU Denver's Illustration program received top honors in the country from Animation Career Review in the 2022 Program Rankings!

  • Top 10 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges (#9, top 15%)
  • #3 in the Southwest
  • #1 Public School in Colorado 

In Visual Arts 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 in studio art, where students gain interdisciplinary arts skills and focus on concentrations in selected areas, providing students with dynamic knowledge of materials, methods, and concepts 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.


In addition, to the six major programs listed above, the Visual Arts Department offers many fantastic minor degree programs. These minor can be added on to any of the visual arts majors or can be added by CU Denver students with majors outside of the Visual Arts Department. Here are the minor degrees offered:

2023 CU Denver Visual Arts BFA Thesis Show at Redline


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College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

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1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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