Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulder is a leading force in arts, culture, and entrepreneurship—a place where creativity happens. From our location in the heart ofthe city, CU Boulder produces some of the nation’s top innovators in these realms and is a major hub forthe artistic community on the Front Range. Our talented faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation of original thinkers.
•#1 smartest city in America (Bloomberg, 2017)
•Top 10 universities for sustainability (The Princeton Review, 2017)
•#1 happiest city in the United States (National Geographic, 2017)
Our emphasis on a customized education combined with our dynamic academic programs, hands-on learning opportunities, and rigorous coursework are the cornerstones of the CU Boulder student experience. Within our supportive learning community, you’ll interact with our exceptional faculty—including Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Genius Grant Fellows, US Professor of the Year awardees, and National Medal of Science winners—who will listen, question, and help 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 specializing in 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 oncontemporary art and theory to exhibiting in galleries and museums, participating in film and video festivals, and 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.
• The CU Art Museum began in 1939 and contains more than 6,000 works of art.
• The 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 cuart.colorado.edu/resources/explore-the-facilities.
Learn about the history and development of cinema as an art formand as cultural expression. Graduates develop an informed, analytical understanding of the medium’s aesthetics and impact on society and culture while 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. 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 and 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, TheBoxtrolls, Gone Girl, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Hateful Eight.
Others have successfully pursued MA, MFA, and PhD degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, NYU, UCLA, USC, University of London, and many others.
• Access 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.
At CU Boulder, the hard work happening in our classrooms, labs, recital halls, and studios is complemented by the remarkable beauty that surrounds us. Appreciation for our iconic Rocky Mountain location comes easily in Boulder, and as a result, 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. You’ll find many ways to get involved and make lifelong friends within our inclusive community. And you’ll have the opportunity to serve the greater good through volunteerism and civic engagement, whether it’s around the world or across the street.
CU Boulder graduates continue to Be Boulder as they enter the workforce or begin their grad school education. With hands-on experience, a world-class education, and the ability to think critically, globally, and creatively, graduates benefit from a strong salary potential, high employment rates, and the opportunity to find and excel in careers they’re passionate about.
• 92% of CU Boulder graduates were employed or in grad school within six months of graduation.
• 74% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted to their first-choice grad school.
• $53,000 median starting salary for grads with a CU Boulder bachelor’s degree
• $109,900 median career salary for grads with a CU Boulder bachelor’s degree
Live in spectacular surroundings and immerse yourself in a campus environment full of extraordinary opportunities. Come to CU Boulder and discover who you can be.