University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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Art & Art History at CU Boulder

Be inspired at the University of Colorado Boulder. With nearly 1,000 undergraduate and 50 graduate Art students, Art Practices is a vibrant community of students, artists, and scholars. The 18 full-time Studio Arts faculty specializing in six areas—Ceramics, Foundations, IMAP (Photography, Digital Media, Video, Integrated Arts), Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture & 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, 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 & 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.

Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts
Our Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts (CINE) aspires to integrate the critical, historical, and theoretical study of cinema, media, and visual arts with artistic and commercial practices. All of our students in the Critical Studies and Production tracks complete a number of requirements including cinema history, film analysis, film theory, genres, documentary practices, directors, national and regional cinemas, and other history and theory classes. These courses are all integrated with Film and Critical Studies majors sharing different expertise to make for a more engaging, deeper understanding of the subject of our studies. 

CINE also hosts a wide variety of artistic, academic, and extracurricular programs to enhance our students’ learning with a rounded cinema-immersion experience as well as a film and video collection of over 1,000 titles that include classic, documentary, experimental, and animation genres. Students enjoy the International Film Series, the First-Person Cinema Program, and the Brakhage Center for Media Arts, plus other special programs and access to the Boulder, Denver, and Telluride Film Festivals.



Top 50 university for National Science Foundation research funding


Top 100 in National Universities | U.S. News & World Report


#61 in Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News & World Report


Top 50 Best Value Public Schools | The Princeton Review


Included in the Guide to Green Colleges list | The Princeton Review

Visual Arts Complex

Opened in 2010 in the heart of campus, the 170,000-sq. ft., state-of-the-art Visual Arts Complex houses both the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Art & Art History and the CU Art Museum. The Department of Art & Art History offers creative facilities and resources for students from woodshop, metal shop, and darkroom spaces to digital labs, exhibition spaces, and practice-based research space. The CU Art Museum is free and open to the public and houses a growing collection of over 8,000 objects—representing the wide range of materials used in the creation of art—and also features works from diverse aesthetic and cultural origins that spans over 10,000 years of human history.

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