Who We Are

The School of Art and Design offers enriching classroom involvement that incorporates real-world experience, preparing students for successful and rewarding careers in the Arts. Graduates from our School go on to careers as professional studio artists, art educators, art historians, designers, and entrepreneurs. 

At UNC, you’ll gain an education that is hands-on, creative and challenging by design. The UNC School of Art and Design is, and has long been, a leader in the preparation of distinguished artists and art educators in Colorado and beyond. Our challenging and comprehensive curriculum integrates in-depth studio and classroom exploration with education in research, criticism and art history. You’ll work and create in studios and classrooms in a nationally accredited program with small class sizes and individual attention. And, with a curriculum that is designed to give you the opportunity to explore different media, you’ll expand your knowledge with the guidance of faculty artists.

Areas of Study
Art Education

Art Education

The art K-12 teacher education program prepares students to teach visual arts in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.

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Art History

Art History

Offering courses ranging from history of art to Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, African, Native, Pre-Columbian, Japanese, Chinese, Contemporary, and Women Artists.

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Ceramics

Ceramics

Students are introduced to the process of making ceramics beginning with clay body composition through procedures for firing kilns and glazing techniques & formulas.

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Digital Media

Digital Media

Offering state-of-the-art computer imaging, artistic exploration and knowledge beyond visualizing scientific concepts; skills often sought by employers.

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Drawing

Drawing

Emphasis includes composition, content, technical concerns, use of color and a range of material use from traditional to contemporary alternatives.

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Fibers

Fibers

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.

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Work as creative visual thinkers and communicators using a variety of traditional print and emerging digital media.

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Jewelry

Metals

Comprehensive study of basic and advanced techniques and processes for the creation of wearable art.

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Painting

Painting

Teaching technical painting ability and vocabulary, development of individual expression leading to thematic connections.

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Photography

Photography

Provides fundamentals of photograpic imaging that aides in understanding of traditional techniques, experimental and non-traditional digital imaging.

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Printmaking

Printmaking

Offers courses in Intaglio Printmaking, Relief Printmaking and Monotypes.

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Sculpture

Sculpture

Learn a variety of sculpture making techniques including welding, ceramic shell casting, assemblage in a studio spaces indoors and outdoors.

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Mariani Gallery

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. 


The Oak Room Gallery

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. 


Arts Annex Gallery Spaces

The Arts Annex serves as additional gallery space as well as housing classrooms. 


The Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art

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.

Locations

Mariani Gallery
Guggenheim Hall, Room 100
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Oak Room Gallery
Crabbe Hall, Room 201
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Arts Annex
Next to Crabbe Hall

UNC Mari Michener Art Gallery
Michener Library, Floor 1
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Graduate Programs 

UNC Offers a Master of Arts program in both an On-Campus and Low-Residency format. Learn more.

For questions, contact Melanie Poston at melanie.poston@unco.edu.