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“Art is the highest form of hope.” —Gerhard Richter

The Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a vibrant, diverse environment full of options for students interested in pursuing a degree in a creative field. Whether you are interested in being a professional artist, designer, educator or researcher, you will learn traditional methods of art production and research as well as innovative approaches to art and design. 

Art students are analytical, critical thinkers who use their creativity daily. They work independently and collaboratively to develop thoughtful responses to the world around them. No student at MSU Denver is better at envisioning a project from start to finish than our emerging artists, designers, educators and scholars. 

The Auraria Campus is a stone’s throw from the heart of downtown Denver’s art museums and Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Art District and MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art, so students are tapped into Denver’s creative economy. Our graduates have become curators, archivists, art installers and entrepreneurs, and have gone on to graduate schools at Virginia Commonwealth University, Columbia University, Goldsmith’s University, London and more. 

No matter what your ultimate career goals are, the degrees in the Department of Art at MSU Denver offer you the flexibility of diverse options so you train to become an innovative creative professional. And MSU Denver is the most affordable four-year university in Colorado, so you won’t be burdened under a mound of debt.

“It really feels great to be putting my degree to good use. I use the skills I gained over the course of the program at MSU Denver every day, and I am positive that the Communication Design portfolio class in particular is a big part of why I was able to obtain multiple job offers and gain employment before graduating.”

Greg Jesse, MSU Denver '12

Graphic designer at Sukle Advertising & Design

Career Prospects

Here's where an Art degree from MSU Denver might take you:

Graphic designer, museum curator, art teacher, jewelry designer, photographer, illustrator, and many more.

Faculty Focus

Lisa Abendroth_Communication Design Professor Abendroth is a founding member and regular contributor to the international design network, SEED®: Social Economic Environmental Design where she is a co-author of the SEED Evaluator design assessment tool and a reviewer for project certification. She currently serves on the SEED Advisory Board and was the recipient of the Award for Leadership in Public Interest Design.

Lisa Abendroth

Communication Design Professor

Our Program Options

Center for Visual Art BFA Portfolio Requirements Visiting Artists Student Clubs   Give Online Now
Contact Information




Office Location:

Arts Building, Suite 187

Auraria Campus

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National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation seal

The Department of Art at MSU Denver is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.