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Programs of Study

The School of Art and Art History offers four areas of undergraduate instruction: art history, emergent digital practices, pre-art-conservation and studio art (ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture). We offer majors within two different degree programs, the BA and the BFA.

The BA (bachelor of arts) is a liberal arts degree program for students with multiple interests. Course work in the major is limited to 60 hours and either a double major or a minor is required. A minimum of 30 hours in the major must be taken on campus at DU.

The BFA (bachelor of fine arts) is a professional degree program requiring a minimum of 110 and a maximum of 135 hours in the major.  All BFA students exhibit their work in the final quarter of their senior year.  The BFA is for students desiring intensive, focused study in art. A minimum of 55 hours of the major must be taken on campus at DU. Admission is by portfolio application and a GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. Applications are accepted once per quarter in the 5th week. 

We offer a Master of Arts degree in Art History, a Master of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in emergent digital practices.  Our programs are characterized by small classes, individualized instruction, hands-on learning, and international reputation.

In addition to majors and minors, there are many opportunities for other DU students and members of the community to participate in our classes. We encourage study abroad at our partner schools. Annual travel classes, the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, Gallery 023, and our partnership with the Denver Art Museum create unique opportunities for practical art experiences and for classes taught by curators and conservators at DU.