MSU Denver

Explore Art at MSU Denver:

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.

Spring 2022 Portfolio Submission Deadlines

Portfolios are to be submitted electronically to by Friday, February 25, 2022 at midnight. Application opens Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

Applicants will be notified via their email accounts of their acceptance status no later than Friday, March 11, 2022.

CDES Portfolio Submission Workshops:

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 Class Workshop – open to all students
Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 10 – 10:45am
With Shawn Meek [email protected]
During CDES 2602 in CN311H

Open Workshop #1 – open to all students
Monday, February 7th, 2022 11am – 12pm
With Kelly Monico [email protected]
CN311H or on MS Teams: (Links to an external site.)

Open Workshop #2 – open to all students
Tuesday, Feb 15th, 2022 11am – 12pm
With Peter Bergman [email protected]
CN311H or on MS Teams: (Links to an external site.)

Contact Peter Bergman
with any Portfolio questions

Portfolio Photography Shoot by Metrosphere

Join us to professionally photograph your portfolio in Gallery 199:

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 2pm – 5pm
  • Thursday, February 17 at 11am – 1pm

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Communication Design

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:

  • show evidence of intellectual inquiry and curiosity in design research;
  • convey ideas that are consistently reinforced through the execution of cohesive work(s) that are the result of the process of making;
  • effectively articulate oral, written and visual design processes and concepts.