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ART AT MSU DENVER

“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:

Commercial design and graphics, environmental design and architecture, education, business, crafts, and fine arts all offer an array of possibilities for art graduates. Graphic designer, museum curator, art teacher, jewelry designer, photographer, illustrator, and many, many more

According to the most recent Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Economic Activity Study, which collects data from the nonprofit organizations that receive funds from the SCFD in the seven-county Metro Denver area, “Employment in the arts reached an all-time high in 2017, with 11,820 jobs, an increase of 10% over 2015.”


Alumni Focus


Alumna Rebecca Totman ‘05 will be joining us to share her story and discuss her path... from a fine arts degree at MSU Denver to her current role as Associate Producer of Animation for “The Simpsons”. You won’t want to miss it!



MSU Denver Department of Art alumna Rebecca Totman has over 10 years of experience in the television and animation industries. As an associate producer of animation for the long-running series "The Simpsons," she manages over 180 artists and production personnel, as well as the complex 2D animation pipeline, to deliver 22 episodes per season. In addition to her work on "The Simpsons," Rebeca has also produced and curated six collaborative art shows with her group, Love/Hate Los Angeles.

Rebecca Totman, MSU Denver '05

Associate Producer of Animation for "The Simpsons"


Faculty Focus



Lisa Abendroth Congratulations to Professor Lisa Abendroth! Professor Abendroth is a recipient of the coveted AIGA Fellow Award and will be honored at the 2019 AIGA Colorado Gala on June 21. She served as faculty advisor for the MSU Denver AIGA student group for over a decade, was a 2013 recipient of the SEED Award for Leadership in Public Interest Design, and has lectured, presented, exhibited, and published nationally and internationally. For more information about the AIGA Colorado Gala go to http://gala.aigacolo.

Lisa Abendroth

Professor - Communication Design


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303-615-0300

 

Office Location:

Arts Building, Suite 187

Auraria Campus

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Accreditation

 

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