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The Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism

 

If you are fascinated by art from other times and places and want to understand its impact on society, you will find the Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory, and Criticism program a comprehensive, inclusive, an inspiring curriculum. The program emphasizes the study of diverse visual traditions and their social contexts. Here you will find courses in a wide variety of topics and formats ranging from ancient to contemporary, Western to non-Western, and lecture-based classes to small seminars.

Our faculty is committed to introducing students to the most current theoretical approaches and helping them develop skills in visual analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing. You can enhance your experience by taking part in study-abroad programs in Italy, Spain, England, or Latin America. As a liberal arts degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory, and Criticism prepares students for a variety of careers in and outside of arts-related fields as well as potential graduate study.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

As a major in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, you will begin your studies by taking the foundation courses that are common to all majors in the Department of Art. From there, you will take a course devoted to developing your writing and critical reading skills, ARTH 2600 Reading and Writing Visual Culture. Additional beginning-level studio classes will provide you with an appreciation for the practice of making art and engaging in the critique process. After taking a variety of upper-level art history electives in topics—such as Art of the Ancient Andes, Roman Art, Northern Renaissance Art, or Art of the 1960s—you will finish with a seminar in Art Theory and Criticism and your Senior Experience. In the Senior Experience, you will complete a thesis on a topic of your choice and present it in a professional setting at the Student Symposium in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Art history students also take foreign language courses to prepare them for future graduate studies and travel to other countries.

Graduating students earning the B.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism liberal arts degree should be able to:

  • Locate and synthesize a range of scholarly sources of sufficient breadth and depth to thoroughly investigate an art historical problem.
  • Apply appropriate art historical methods and theoretical frameworks to analyze an art historical problem.
  • Develop and support a clear, logical thesis derived from an art historical study that is eloquently articulated in both oral and written formats.

OPPORTUNITIES

At MSU Denver you will find an abundance of opportunities to gain experience and prepare for a possible career in the arts and graduate study. You may choose to join the Art Guild to network with other students and plan events such as the annual juried student art show. Or you may serve an internship in one of the many local galleries, museums, and nonprofit organizations devoted to the arts. The Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver's off-campus gallery, also provides work-study employment opportunities.

CAREERS

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Theory and Criticism provides students with a well‐rounded liberal arts education suitable for a variety of careers including, but not limited to, galleries and museums. The degree also prepares students for graduate studies in art history, theory and criticism and advanced scholarly research.
 

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2017 or Later BA in Art History, Theory and Criticism

2016 BA in Art History, Theory and Criticism

2013 - 2015 BA in Art History, Theory and Criticism

2012 BA in Art History, Theory and Criticism

 

 

 

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Faculty:

Deanne Pytlinski
Art History, Theory and Criticism
Chair
Associate Professor
pytlinsk@msudenver.edu
303-615-1026 | Art 187Q

   
Jillian Mollenhauer
Art History, Theory and Criticism
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
jmollenh@msudenver.edu
303-615-0877| ART 187M

   

Summer Trentin
Art History, Theory and Criticism
Assistant Professor

strentin@msudenver.edu
303-615-1253 | AR 187N

   
Jessica Weiss
Art History, Theory and Criticism
Assistant Professor

jweiss16@msudenver.edu
303-615-1293 | AR 187K

   

Leila Armstrong
Art History, Theory and Criticism
Visiting Faculty

armstrle@msudenver.edu
303-352-4405 | RO 201 


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