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The Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism

 

If you are fascinated by art from other times and places and want to understand its impact on society, you will find the Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory, and Criticism program a comprehensive, inclusive, an inspiring curriculum. The program emphasizes the study of diverse visual traditions and their social contexts. Here you will find courses in a wide variety of topics and formats ranging from ancient to contemporary, Western to non-Western, and lecture-based classes to small seminars.

Our faculty is committed to introducing students to the most current theoretical approaches and helping them develop skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing. You can enhance your experience by taking part in study-abroad programs in Italy, Spain, England, or Latin America. As a liberal arts degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory, and Criticism prepares students for a variety of careers in and outside of arts-related fields as well as potential graduate study.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

As a major in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, you will begin your studies by taking the foundation courses that are common to all majors in the Department of Art. From there, you will take a course devoted to developing your writing and critical reading skills, ARTH 2600 Reading and Writing Visual Culture. Additional beginning-level studio classes will provide you with an appreciation for the practice of making art and engaging in the critique process. After taking a variety of upper-level art history electives in topics—such as Art of the Ancient Andes, Roman Art, Northern Renaissance Art, or Art of the 1960s—you will finish with a seminar in Art Theory and Criticism and your Senior Experience. In the Senior Experience, you will complete a thesis on a topic of your choice and present it in a professional setting at the Student Symposium in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Art history students also take foreign language courses to prepare them for future graduate studies and travel to other countries.

Graduating students earning the B.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism liberal arts degree should be able to:

  • Locate and synthesize a range of scholarly sources of sufficient breadth and depth to thoroughly investigate an art historical problem.
  • Apply appropriate art historical methods and theoretical frameworks to analyze an art historical problem.
  • Develop and support a clear, logical thesis derived from an art historical study that is eloquently articulated in both oral and written formats.

OPPORTUNITIES

At MSU Denver you will find an abundance of opportunities to gain experience and prepare for a possible career in the arts and graduate study. You may choose to join the Art Guild to network with other students and plan events such as the annual juried student art show. Or you may serve an internship in one of the many local galleries, museums, and nonprofit organizations devoted to the arts. The Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver's off-campus gallery, also provides work-study employment opportunities.

CAREERS

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism provides students with a well‐rounded liberal arts education suitable for a variety of careers including, but not limited to, galleries and museums. The degree also prepares students for graduate studies in art history, theory and criticism and advanced scholarly research.
 

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BA ARTH - 2016 or later

 

 

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Faculty:


Leila Armstrong

Leila Armstrong
Visiting Faculty - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-615-1146



armstrle@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
201

Office Hours:

Fall 19 Office Hours: 

Mondays & Wednesdays 1pm-3:30pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300.

Campus Box Number:
59


Directory Profile

Bio:

Leila Armstrong is Visiting Faculty in Art History, Theory and Criticism. She received her Masters from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she wrote a thesis titled The Spatialization of Jerusalem in the Early Muslim Period. She is currently working on an exhibition of contemporary African photography that will run at the Center for Visual Arts beginning February 2015.                  



Jillian Mollenhauer

Jillian Mollenhauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-615-0877



jmollenh@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187M

Office Hours:

Fall 19 Office Hours: 

Mondays and Wednesdays 

10am-11am and 12:30pm-2pm 

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300.

Campus Box Number:
59


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jill Mollenhauer is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She completed her doctorate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at UC, San Diego where she specialized in the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica with a secondary emphasis in Native American art. Her dissertation, Olmec Monuments as Agents of Social Memory, focuses on the stone monuments of the Olmec culture, specifically their role as agents in the production and erasure of social memory. Jill completed her BA in Art History at UCLA. Currently, she teaches the World Art 1 art history survey (ARTH 1600), as well as upper-division courses in the arts and cultures of Mesoamerica (ARTH 3401) and the pre-Columbian Andes (ARTH 3402), the art of the ancient Maya (ARTH 350D), and Latin America modern art (ARTH 3481), along with seminars in object agency (ARTH 490C) and art theory and criticism (ARTH 4480).                  



Deanne Pytlinski

Deanne Pytlinski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-615-1026



pytlinsk@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187Q

Office Hours:

Fall 19 Office Hours: 

Mondays  11am - 1pm

Tuesdays  1pm - 3pm

Thursdays  9am - 10am

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300.

Campus Box Number:
59


Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Pytlinski is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism and Chair of the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her doctorate is from the Graduate Center of City University of New York where she wrote a dissertation entitled "Utopian Visions: Women and Early Video Art". She earned an M.S. in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Art History from Colorado State University. Her essay, “San Francisco Video Collectives and the Counterculture” has appeared in the recent anthology, West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977, published by University of Minnesota Press. She recently curated an exhibition for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art entitled "Craft Tech/Coded Media: Women, Art & Technology" which opened on October 3, 2013.



Summer Trentin

Summer Trentin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism Program Coordinator


303-615-1253



strentin@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187N

Office Hours:

Fall19 Office Hours: 

Tuesdays & Thursdays  2pm-4:30pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300.

Campus Box Number:
59


Directory Profile

Bio:

Summer Trentin is an art historian whose work focuses on Classical antiquity. Her current research examines the architectural, aesthetic, and thematic functions of the Roman domestic peristyle garden and the ways in which architecture reflected personal and cultural values. Her other areas of interest include Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and modern architecture.

She teaches upper level courses on the art and culture of ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt as well as African Art, World Art I, Reading and Writing Visual Culture, and BA Senior Experience, and is also the faculty adviser for Art Guild. She considers it a privilege to share her love of art and antiquity with Metro students.                  



Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Art History, Theory and Criticism


303-615-1293



jweiss16@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
AR

Office Number:
187K

Office Hours:

Fall 19 Office Hours:

Mondays 2pm-3pm

Tuesdays  11am-3pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300.

Campus Box Number:
59


Directory Profile

Bio:

Jessica Weiss is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin, with specializations in Iberian and Northern European Early Modern art and a secondary emphasis in Medieval art. Her dissertation, entitled “Isabel of Castle, Flemish Aesthetics, and Identity Construction in the Works of Juan de Flandes,” analyzed the reception of Netherlandish painting in Spain and its importance to royal self-fashioning. She earned an M.A. at Southern Methodist University and two B.A.’s from the University of North Texas in Art History and French Language & Literature. Her essay “Inquisitive Objects: Material Culture and Conversos in Early Modern Ciudad Real” was published by The Research Paper Series of the Latin American and Iberian Institute of New Mexico in 2011. Her new research project explores the role of geography and foreign material culture in fifteenth-century Spanish devotion.                  



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