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At MSU Denver you will make art, study it and acquire creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills useful in a variety of careers in a National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited program. Plus, you will collaborate with other creative students in state-of-the art studios and forge relationships that will last a lifetime.
MSU Denver’s incredibly flexible B.A. in Art program offers you the opportunity to get a broad liberal arts education, develop your artistic talents and acquire the communication and intellectual skills to describe and analyze art aesthetically and in a cultural and historical context. In addition, your Art program gives you 21 electives in your major — and requires a minor — so you can customize your degree to your interests.
Through internships, study abroad and experiences you can acquire through MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art, the Art program will prepare you for graduate study as well as potential careers in fine art, business, museum work, gallery management and other fields.
As an MSU Denver Art student you will have the chance to:
As an MSU Denver Art student you will have the chance to work in our outstanding facilities that include the following:
No matter your ultimate career goals, earning your B.A. in Art at MSU Denver offers you the flexibility of diverse options as you train to become an innovative and creative professional.
Many careers make use of the creative problem-solving and visual-spatial thinking skills students acquire in the B.A. in Art program. By pairing your Art degree with a carefully chosen minor, you can tailor your education to your interests, preparing for careers as arts entrepreneurs, artisans, jewelers, craftspeople, photographers, digital designers, arts retailers, arts advocates, critics, art promoters, gallery managers, art restorers, curators or art installer/handlers.
Some popular minors for the bachelor of arts degree in Art include digital media, foreign languages, industrial design, entrepreneurship, marketing, advertising and promotion and art history, theory and criticism. Students may pair Art and biology for medical illustration, Art and writing for graphic novel work or Art and psychology to prepare for art therapy graduate study. There are also many openings for individuals who have a liberal arts degree that needn’t be in a specific field, examples include creative director, manager, client service specialist, researcher, project manager, sales manager, administrative professional or agent.
Students seeking professional careers in communication design, art education and studio art should start in the B.A. in Art program and submit a portfolio for entry into the B.F.A. in Art, B.F.A. in Art Education or the B.F.A. in Communication Design program. There is also a degree program for a B.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism. Some careers may require further education, apprenticeship training or certification.
Associate Professor Carlos Fresquez (MSU Denver ’80) is a Denver native and coordinator of MSU Denver’s painting area. He is an active artist and Chicano art expert whose work has been exhibited in 30 states and 10 different countries. His work resides in many museum collections including the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, the Millicent Rogers Museum, The Nelson Museum of Fine Art, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Museo del Barrio and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Assistant Professor Matt Jenkins teaches integrated media classes with research interests in socially engaged art, performance art, internet art and land and environmental art. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally throughout the United States and in India, Argentina and Canada.
Assistant Professor Marin Abell coordinates the sculpture area and teaches all levels of sculpture from beginning to advanced. He earned his M.F.A. in sculpture and expanded practice from Ohio University and has installed public sculptures in such venues as The ArtLot, Brooklyn, The I-Park Foundation and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. His work has been widely exhibited and reviewed, and he has served as an editor for the online journal continent.
“A B.A. in Art from MSU Denver creates a strong combination of studio art, liberal arts and freedom to tailor your degree to your interests through elective choices and inclusion of your choice of minor. The flexibility the B.A. allowed me while in school was great as well as the diversity of career options after graduating.”
Art teacher in Colorado’s Cheyenne County School District
MSU Denver Art Department graduates have been hired by IBM Design and ArtHaus. Other graduates have started successful business ventures such as Big Kitchen Papers or gone on to prestigious graduate programs including those at Cornell University, Tufts University, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver and many more.