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Visual Arts Profile

Be surrounded

Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulder is a leading force in research, technology, and entrepreneurship—a place where innovation happens. At the heart of the city, CU Boulder produces some of the best and brightest in these industries and is a primary source of Colorado’s highly skilled workforce. Our talented faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring innovative, humanitarian, and social enterprises.

•#1 smartest city in the nation (MarketWatch, 2015)
•#1 best community for well-being (Gallup-Healthways, 2016)
•Rated a “best value” University every year since 2009 (USA Today and The Princeton Review)

Be challenged
At the cornerstone of your experience are our innovative academic programs, hands-on opportunities, and rigorous course work that will prepare you for a complex global society. Within our supportive learning community you’ll interact with our faculty—which include Nobel Laureates, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows, US Professor of the Year awardees, and National Medal of Science winners—who will be listening, questioning, and helping you refine your ideas so you can develop a broad understanding of the world, strong leadership skills, and an enhanced ability to think critically.

Art and Art History
The Art History program encourages students to analyze art within many contexts and to examine diverse methodologies. A wide range of topics are taught, including Western art and architecture—Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern, and Contemporary—and the art and architecture of Asia and the Americas (Colonial, Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Post-Colonial).

With nearly 1,000 undergraduate Art majors and 50 graduate students, Art Practices is a vibrant community of students, artists, and scholars. The 18 full-time Studio Arts faculty from six areas—including Ceramics, Foundations, IMAP (photography, digital media, video, integrated arts), Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice—are highly active in their respective fields, from publishing important articles and books on contemporary art and theory to exhibiting in galleries and museums and participating in film and video festivals to establishing non-traditional artist venues and opportunities.

The Visiting Artist Program is a vital component of the Department of Art and Art History and is one of the oldest programs of its kind. Each year a diverse group of nationally and internationally recognized artists are invited to present their work and ideas to a large audience of students, faculty, and community members.

•CU Art Museum began in 1939 and contains more than 6,000 works of art.
•170,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art Visual Arts Complex opened in 2010 in the heart of campus.
•Take a virtual tour of all the facilities at

Film Studies
Learn about the history and development of cinema as an art form and as cultural expression. Graduates develop an informed, analytical understanding of the medium’s aesthetics and impact on society and culture, while also acquiring career-relevant technical proficiency on various film, video, and digital formats, post-production, screenwriting, and visual and media literacy.

Our distinguished faculty of scholars and working artists come from institutions as distinguished as the Massachusetts College of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, and UCLA, and a wide variety of artistic, academic, and extracurricular programs are hosted to enhance our students’ experience with a rounded arts-immersion experience. Among these are the International Film Series, the First Person Cinema Program, the Brakhage Center for Media Arts, and our association with the Boulder International Film Festival, as well as the Denver Film Festival.

Graduates have realized career opportunities in organizations such as the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Festival, Indiewire, and The Hollywood Reporter; in network and cable television venues like NBC, National Geographic, HBO, and TLC; in hit shows like Glee, American Horror Story, and Mad Men; and in many hit movies like X-Men, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Boxtrolls, Gone Girl, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Hateful Eight. Yet others have successfully pursued MA, MFA, and PhD degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, NYU, UCLA, USC, University of London, and many others.
•Have access to one of the largest collections of 16mm film prints anywhere in the country.
•Enjoy a dedicated teaching theatre with 35mm, 16mm, and HD projection.
•Learn in the state-of-the-art Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society building in the center of campus.

Be inspired
At CU Boulder the hard work happening in our classrooms, labs, recital halls, and studios is passionately balanced with enjoying the beauty that surrounds us. We have one of the most active college campuses in the nation, where recreation, sports, and student groups play key roles in the unique CU Boulder experience. Within our inclusive community, you’ll find many ways to get involved and make lifelong friends. And you will have the opportunity to serve the greater good through volunteerism and civic engagement, whether it’s around the world or across the street.

Be invested
CU Boulder graduates continue to Be Boulder as they enter the workforce or begin their graduate school education. With their hands-on experience, world-class education, and the ability to think critically, globally, and creatively, they benefit from a strong salary potential, high employment rates, and the opportunity to find and excel in a career they are passionate about.

•95% of CU Boulder alumni employed, in graduate school, volunteering, or in military service six months after graduation
•Ranked fifth in the nation for graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers
•9,191 jobs and internships posted through Career Services

Be here
Live in spectacular surroundings and learn in a campus environment of extraordinary opportunities.  Come to CU Boulder and discover who you can be.




Be Boulder
v. The act of reaching your fullest potential by surrounding yourself with a community that will support you, participating in experiences that will challenge you, and living in an environment that will inspire you

Community & Student Life
17 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs
400+ student clubs and organizations
30+ competitive club sports
10+ intramural sports
Nearly 300 community organizations in the Boulder/Denver area partner with CU’s Volunteer Resource Center.

30,789 degree-seeking students
6,464 US students of color (21%)
2,558 international students (8%)
60% resident
40% non-resident

New freshmEn 2015–2016
6,208 starting in fall 2015
3.62 average high school GPA
26.9 average ACT composite
1188 average SAT total
24.3% US students of color
1,113 first-generation students (18%)
428 international students
3,298 resident and 2,910 non-resident

#1 four-year graduation rate for Colorado public universities
18:1 student-faculty ratio
85% of classes with fewer than 50 students
8 colleges, schools, and programs
33 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs 
90+ degree programs
84 undergraduate majors, 71 master’s majors, and 64 doctorate majors
30 minors and 29 certificate programs
11 research institutes and nearly 90 research centers
2,000+ undergraduates directly involved in faculty research
400 study abroad programs in 65 countries

U.S. News & World Report, 2016
#37 among the top 120 public colleges and universities in the nation
#8 among the nation’s top graduate programs in ceramics