Visual Arts


At CU Denver students use photography as a form of creative expression while expanding their knowledge of the photo medium as a critical dialogue in contemporary culture. From the darkroom to the digital lab, photography 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.



Where Do Photography Graduates Find Careers?

CU Denver photography 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. Photography graduates have started their own photography companies, freelance, work in journalism, and work for large organizations.

Meet CU Denver's Alum-in-Residence, Shameka McBoat '06.


Photography Student Work

Students graduate from the photography program with a strong conceptual framework, an ability to place their images in the context of contemporary fine art photography, and a portfolio that demonstrates a mastery of the medium. View the photography work of recent CU Denver graduates here.



CU Denver Photo Studios & Labs

CU Denver and the Auraria campus is home to premiere photography facility that includes digital photography studios. wet labs, dark rooms and finish areas, studios, large format printers and trimmers.


Learn More About CU Denver Photography

For more information about the Photography emphasis, email the College of Arts & Media at or call 303-315-7487.

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

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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