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Female student drawingThe Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a vibrant, diverse environment full of options for students interested in pursuing a degree in a creative field. Whether you are interested in being a professional artist, designer, educator, or researcher, you will learn traditional rolls of art production and research as well as innovative approaches to art and design. Students at MSU Denver respond critically to visual culture in a variety of context and work independently and collaboratively to develop thoughtful and reasoned outcomes. No matter what your ultimate career goals are, the degrees in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver offer you the flexibility of diverse options so you train to become an innovative creative professional. 

On view at the Center for Visual Art


Catalyze: BFA Thesis Exhibitions


MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibitions - Catalyze

Apr 21 - 28 + May 5 - 12



Analogue Impression: Examining the Printmaking Process

May 26 - Jul 22, 2017

Faculty Stories

Close up of ceramics installation from faculty members JohnsonTsehai Johnson, Associate Professor - Ceramics, has installed Zest, a permanent commission at the new CU Boulder Village Center Dining and Community Commons building, a collaboration between artist Johnson and the chef in consultation with KSQ Architects. The piece explores the explosive flavors and textures of fresh foods and spices. The design originates in the upper left corner of the niche where a plate gradually morphs into to fiery spices, lush flora and bursts of pleasure. In a sense the plate becomes an explosion of colors, flavors and textures.  

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Alumni Stories

Ángel López – a 2016 Communication Design graduate – is now pursuing the MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design. Ángel began exploring how his work as a designer could be used to impact the community. He says he chose the program at Parsons because of its allowance for experimentation and innovation. “The program spoke about sustainability, social change, interdisciplinary collaboration, and actually working on contemporary issues,” he said. He encourages students with similar passions to give themselves creative assignments outside of school and work. “Challenge yourself to create from what inspires you.”

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