Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art is a professional degree concentration with a focus on an innovative curriculum in art education, art history and studio art. Students are introduced to the rewards of artistic practice while studying in any of the areas. All are supported by a strong foundation of visual art and general studies. This degree is intended to prepare students to pursue a professional career as an art educator, art historian or as a studio artist.

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Art Education

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art with a concentration in Art Education leads to licensure for K-12 Art Education in the state of Colorado. This degree has a strong visual art emphasis that includes course work in theory, art history, and studio art.

Courses in Elementary and Secondary Art Education methods are required for each student pursuing this degree. The successful Art Education degree candidate will be prepared to teach all levels of art in a school environment.

A minimum of 75 credit hours of general education and content-area coursework must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.80 before a candidate may apply for admission to the Center for Teacher Education licensure program. You must be formally accepted into the Teacher Education Program before taking education courses. Please see the Teacher Education Department for more criteria and admissions information.

Art History

The BFA degree in Art with a concentration in Art History combines strong curriculum requirements in both studio and art history courses. Students in this major will develop advanced skills in particular studio techniques and will engage in in-depth study of historic and contemporary artists, art movements and styles.

This degree can lead to professional employment in art museums and galleries, art publishing houses, and other areas of art services. The degree will also prepare students for advanced, graduate-level art history studies.

Studio Art

The BFA degree in Art with a concentration in Studio Art combines strong curriculum requirements in design, drawing, studio (either two- or three-dimensional) and art history. Students will develop skills and aesthetic judgment in the materials, techniques and tools within drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics or sculpture studio arts.

Art History studies will engage students in historic and contemporary artists, art movements and styles. The degree culminates in a senior exhibition in CMU's downtown Grand Junction art gallery, and upon graduation students are prepared to pursue a career as an artisan or continue with graduate studies in art.