The School of Art & Design has been a leader in the preparation of distinguished artists and art educators for over 100 years. The rigor and quality of our program is reflected in our NASAD accreditation (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).
Whether students are seeking a bachelor or masters degree in art, our challenging and comprehensive curriculum integrates in-depth studio processes, aesthetics, criticism, and art history into each program area. Studio and classroom exploration takes place in three adjacent buildings on campus which feature renovated facilities, first-rate resources, small class sizes and individual instruction. Students are provided with numerous opportunities to investigate technical, conceptual, and creative approaches for the creation of art, as well as recognize the impact visual art holds on history, community and culture.
The art K-12 teacher education program prepares students to teach visual arts in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.
Offering courses ranging from history of art to Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, African, Native, Pre-Columbian, Japanese, Chinese, Contemporary, and Women Artists.
Students are introduced to the process of making ceramics beginning with clay body composition through procedures for firing kilns and glazing techniques & formulas.
Offering state-of-the-art computer imaging, artistic exploration and knowledge beyond visualizing scientific concepts; skills often sought by employers.
Emphasis includes composition, content, technical concerns, use of color and a range of material use from traditional to contemporary alternatives.
The studio includes facilities for various surface processes such as screen-printing and dye work, as well as cloth construction on tapestry, four- and eight-harness floor looms.
Work as creative visual thinkers and communicators using a variety of traditional print and emerging digital media.
Comprehensive study of basic and advanced techniques and processes for the creation of wearable art.
Teaching technical painting ability and vocabulary, development of individual expression leading to thematic connections.
Provides fundamentals of photograpic imaging that aides in understanding of traditional techniques, experimental and non-traditional digital imaging.
Offers courses in Intaglio Printmaking, Relief Printmaking and Monotypes.
Learn a variety of sculpture making techniques including welding, ceramic shell casting, assemblage in a studio spaces indoors and outdoors.
The Mariani Gallery has served the Northern Colorado and Weld County communities since 1972. Students are exposed to exhibits that feature a variety of artworks and art making choices, helping to inform possible future career choices. Recent exhibits include the Annual Juried Student Art Show; Wet Plate Collodion: International Juried Exhibition; Metalsmith, Charlotte Nichols; and Selected Works by Women from the Lydia Rule Room of Women's Art.
The Oak Room Gallery exhibition schedule focuses on undergraduate and graduate student work ranging from solo Honors and Graduate Thesis exhibits to group shows representing various program areas. Recent exhibits include Cognitive Learning with Computer Graphics and Abby Powers, on the breath of the waves.
The Arts Annex serves as additional gallery space as well as housing classrooms. Recent exhibits include the student photography exhibition.
An archival space designed to provide viewing and study, for students and the public, of our current and future art collections. The only room of it’s kind, it was made possible by a generous donation from Bob and Lydia Ruyle.