Portfolio Review and Admission

All students entering the Art Department as majors are admitted under either the B.A. in Art or the B.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. After completing the foundation courses and one other course in ART, CDES, or ARTH, those wishing to pursue the B.F.A. in Art, B.F.A. in Art Education or the B.F.A. in Communication Design will be required to pass a formal portfolio review for admittance.

Portfolio submissions must be completed by the end of the 6th week of the fall and spring semesters. Faculty will conduct reviews and students will be notified of the results in time to make registration decisions for the following semester. Refer to portfolio submission deadlines below.

Fall 2023 Portfolio Submission Deadlines

Portfolios are to be submitted electronically to msudenver.slideroom.com by Friday, September 29th, 2023 at midnight. Application opens August 21st.

Applicants will be notified via their msudenver.edu email accounts of their acceptance status no later than Friday, October 13th, 2023 at midnight. Chrome browser is recommended for submissions.

Studio Art Portfolio Submission Workshops

Students interested in learning more about the Studio Program portfolio submission process are encouraged to attend one of the following workshops or arrange an individual advising appointment with their Faculty Advisor. If you don’t know who your advisor is please email the Department of Art office at [email protected].

Workshop Dates:

  • Open Workshop #1—Open to all students
  • Open Workshop #2—Open to all students
  • Open Workshop #3—Open to all students

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Art Education concentration fuses a progressive 21st century approach in the discipline of Art Education with your development as an artist. Within the discipline of Art Education, students focus on generative, authentic, contextualized exploration where inquiry is driven by socially engaged research and contemporary art practices. You will learn how to apply issues and themes poetically, building curriculum to discover the possibilities of what it means to instruct through an idea instead of about an idea. As a future artist-teacher, you will put into practice informed research while working in the K-12 classroom. Combining artistic practice, educational studies, and field experience as an educator, you will be prepared to bring about creative change in the world through the lives of your students.

In addition to the learning outcomes listed for the BFA in Art, instruction in the Art Education degree should prepare students to:

  • Successfully teach in an art classroom applying and testing principles and methods of diverse age appropriate instructional approaches and curriculum development that illustrates respect and professionalism for the field of teaching.
  • Assess aptitudes, experiential backgrounds and interests of individuals and diverse groups of students, and devise learning experiences to meet assessed needs.
  • Develop and present a professional portfolio of work including lesson plans, examples of student work and an art education philosophy statement that demonstrates current best practices in the field.