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Art Historians are like detectives and engage with the latest research to unlock the secrets of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids and Macchu Picchu. How did kings, queens, emperors and dictators use images to communicate power and how did the countercultures of the 1960s visualize power shifts? What’s the relationship of art to the spiritual, the social, the political worlds and why should we care? These are some of the questions you’ll grapple with as an Art History, Theory and Criticism major at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
What is Art History, Theory and Criticism? In this wide-ranging degree program, you will study global visual culture, from the ancients through contemporary artists, learning the visual language of art, while also learning about the theories and societies that gave rise to different works of art.
MSU Denver professors are also committed to introducing you to the most current ideas in Art History, Theory and Criticism, while also helping you develop your abilities to think critically and communicate clearly in writing and in speech. Much of this will happen in your MSU Denver classrooms, but also expect to take part in field trips to study Denver’s various collections, participate in internships or study abroad.
The intellectual and aesthetic education you’ll receive as an MSU Denver Art History, Theory and Criticism major will prepare you for art and non-art-related careers and for graduate study.
As an MSU Denver Art History, Theory and Criticism student you will have the chance to:
As an MSU Denver Art History, Theory and Criticism student you will have the chance to take advantage of on campus exhibitions in gallery spaces such as the Emmanuel Gallery and off campus in MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art.
Graduates from MSU Denver’s Art History, Theory and Criticism program go on to work in museums and galleries, start their own businesses and attend prestigious graduate schools.
Associate Professor Deanne Pytlinski chairs MSU Denver’s Art Department and is a professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism. Her research focuses on the history of women, technology and art.
Associate Professor Jillian Mollenhauer is an Art History, Theory and Criticism faculty member whose specialties lie in the areas of the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica and Native American art.
“When I took my first Art History class, I knew I had found my calling. Because of Art History’s inherent interdisciplinarity, the program’s curriculum and a few very inspirational professors, I was challenged intellectually for the first time. Thinking critically has empowered my voice and given me the freedom to actively engage in larger social and cultural conversations. The faculty held me to standards that not only encouraged and prepared me for academic success in graduate school, but helped me to achieve personal growth. MSU Denver’s Art History department will always be the place where I discovered a part of myself.”
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MSU Denver Art History, Theory and Criticism graduates have been hired by organizations such as:
MSU Denver Art History graduates have also gone on to graduate study at the following: