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Portfolio Requirements for Current Students

No portfolio review is required for admission to MSU Denver or to declare a B.A. in Art major or a B.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism major. All students entering the 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, the 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 Review Guidelines

Portfolio Review Rubric

 

Spring 2018 Portfolio Submission Deadlines

Portfolios are to be submitted electronically to msudenver.slideroom.com by Friday, February 23, 2018 at midnight.

Applicants will be notified via their MSUDenver.edu email accounts of their acceptance status no later than, Friday, March 9, 2018 – midnight 

 

Portfolio Submission Workshops

Students interested in learning more about the Communication Design or Studio Art portfolio submissions process are encouraged to attend a Portfolio Submission Workshop (Studio Art dates to be announced) or arrange an individual advising appointment with a faculty advisor in Art Education, Studio Art or Communication Design.

STUDIO ART BFA Workshops:  

Workshop #1 Location: ART Room 296 (Drawing Room)

11am – 12pm

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 

Workshop #2 Location: ART Room 189 (Ceramics Room)

11am – 12pm 

Monday,  February 5, 2018

  

Workshop #3 Location: ART Room 296 (Drawing Room)

11am – 12pm

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

 

COMMUNICATION DESIGN Workshops:  

Workshop #1 Location: CN311 

11am – 12pm

Monday, January 29, 2018

 

Workshop #2 Location: CN311 

11am – 12pm

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

Workshop #3 Location: CN311 

11am – 12pm

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 

Contacts for further inquiry:

Lisa Abendroth, Communication Design Program Coordinator: abendrot@msudenver.edu

Sandy Lane, Studio Art Program Coordinator: lanesan@msudenver.edu

 

Degrees requiring a Portfolio Review:

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art prepares students to be critical, creative thinkers and makers. Students often become practicing artists who exhibit their work in galleries both near and abroad and might continue their research in graduate studies. Whatever your final career choice, the skills of the B.F.A. are appropriate for careers throughout the creative economy.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art is interdisciplinary.  Students select an emphasis of 9 credits in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture, and 6 credits a complementary area.  If the emphasis is in a two-dimensional area, the complementary area would be one of the three-dimensional areas; if the emphasis is in a three-dimensional area, the complementary area would be one of the two-dimensional areas.  Students also take at least 15 credits in interdisciplinary integrated media coursework.

Consistent with the Department of Art, student learning outcomes are designed around three assessable themes: research, execution, and articulation.

In the B.F.A. in Art, instruction should prepare students to:

  • make artworks that shows evidence of intellectual inquiry and curiosity;
  • convey ideas that are consistently reinforced through the execution of cohesive work(s) that are the result of the process of making;
  • use effective and eloquent oral, written, and visual communication of enduring ideas.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art Education

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Art Education concentration fuses a progressive 21st century approach in the discipline of Art Education with your development as an artist. Within the discipline of Art Education, students focus on generative, authentic, contextualized exploration where inquiry is driven by socially engaged research and contemporary art practices. You will learn how to apply issues and themes poetically, building curriculum to discover the possibilities of what it means to instruct through an idea versus about an idea. As a future artist-teacher, you will put into practice informed research while working in the K-12 classroom. Combining artistic practice, educational studies, and field experience as an educator, you will be prepared to bring about creative change in the world through the lives of your students.

In addition to the learning outcomes listed for the BFA in Art, instruction in the Art Education degree should prepare students to:

  • Successfully teach in an art classroom applying and testing principles and methods of diverse age appropriate instructional approaches and curriculum development that illustrates respect and professionalism for the field of teaching.
  • Assess aptitudes, experiential backgrounds and interests of individuals and diverse groups of students, and devise learning experiences to meet assessed needs.
  • Develop and present a professional portfolio of work including lesson plans, examples of student work and an art education philosophy statement that demonstrates current best practices in the field.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education

 

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.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design


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