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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.
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Portfolios are to be submitted electronically to msudenver.slideroom.com by Friday, October 1, 2021 at midnight. Application opens Sunday, September 12, 2021.
Applicants will be notified via their msudenver.edu email accounts of their acceptance status no later than Friday, October 15, 2021.
Students interested in learning more about the Communication Design portfolio submission process are encouraged to attend one of the following workshops or arrange an individual advising appointment with their advisor; Kelly Monico, Peter Bergman, Shawn Meek or Lisa Abendroth. If you don’t know who your advisor is please email the Department of Art office at [email protected].
In addition to the following, all students enrolled in Typographic Syntax CDES 2225 and CDES 2602 will participate in an in-class workshop.
In Class Workshop #2 – open to all students
Tuesday, September 7th, 9:30 – 10:30am, During CDES 2602
With Shawn Meek <[email protected]>
In Class Workshop #1 – open to all students
Wednesday, September 8th 8:00-9:00, During CDES 2225
With Lisa Abendroth <[email protected]>
Open Workshop – open to all students
Thursday, September 23rd, 11am – 12pm
With Kelly Monico <[email protected]>
Photography shoot by Metrosphere
September 15, 16, 17 from 4-8pm in Gallery 199
MSU Denver’s Communication Design program challenges students to become informed, thinking designers. Through specific course work that fuses semantics, pragmatics and syntactics, students discover how to design for the people and contexts that require communication while learning to craft effective and culturally appropriate messages in a broad range of design media. The program positions five pedagogical pillars as significant to our mission: making meaning, furthering function, pursuing process, mediating messages, and fostering form. These pillars are underscored by a contemporary practice that integrates design fundamentals with emerging media, research, and history/theory.
Consistent with the Department of Art, student learning outcomes are designed around three assessable themes: research, execution, and articulation.
Graduating students earning the B.F.A. in Communication Design should be able to: