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School of Art and Design

The UNC School of Art & Design is a leader in the preparing distinguished artists and art educators in Colorado and beyond. Our challenging and comprehensive curriculum integrates in-depth studio and classroom exploration with education in aesthetics, criticism, and art history. With us, you will gain hands-on studio experience in a nationally accredited program with small class sizes and an emphasis on individual attention. Our curriculum is designed to give you the opportunity to explore different media and expand your knowledge under the guidance of faculty artists.

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Choose from our variety of undergraduate programs in visual arts!






Areas of Study


Art Education Area at UNC

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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Ceramics Area at UNC


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

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Drawing Emphasis at UNC


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

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Graphic Design Area at UNC

Graphic Design

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

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Digital Media Area at UNC

Integrated Media Arts

Courses that use a wide array of cutting-edge tools, including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), video projection, digital illustration, video production and game design. 

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Painting at UNC


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

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Photography Area at UNC


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

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Printmaking Area at UNC


Offers courses in Relief Printmaking, Monotypes, Screen Printing, and Letterpress.

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Sculpture Area at UNC


Learn a variety of sculpture making techniques including woodworking, moldmaking and casting, 3D printing, and mixed media.

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Course Highlight

Metals Area at UNC


Metals classes at UNC present basic and advanced techniques and processes for the creation of wearable art. Nonferrous metals are used along with semi-precious stones and mixed media. In addition to wearable art, metals classes address historical and contemporary design concepts, critical analysis, and symbolism in fine art jewelry.

Foundations Classes

Foundations classes are exciting explorations of art history, design and studio techniques that everyone takes to build a strong knowledge and skill base for more advanced art classes.

A Mostly Online Art and Design Master's Degree

The Art and Design Master of Arts (MA) is a studio art degree for developing advanced expertise in artistic practice. It is designed as a perfect fit for current art educators who wish to build upon their credentials while developing as artists, teachers and leaders in art practice and education.

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UNC Galleries

Campus Commons Gallery

Constructed in 2018, Campus Commons Gallery hosts originally curated, contemporary exhibitions and is the largest of our exhibition spaces, located in the student-centered campus hub, Campus Commons.

Mariani Gallery

Mariani Gallery is an exhibition space that has served the Northern Colorado and Weld County communities since 1972. Each exhibition explores concepts and themes through interdisciplinary collaboration, exposing our students to a variety of processes, methods, and art making choices.


Oak Room Gallery

Oak Room Gallery is  a quaint and charmingly unique gallery area in which the exhibitions are curated to enhance and complement the history of the space.

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Meet Our Alumni

Armando Silva, '10

2022 UNC Honored Alum

Artist Armando Silva has left his mark on Northern Colorado and across the state in a larger-than-life way. His murals can be seen on buildings throughout downtown Greeley, adding an artistic touch to the area's business revitalization. 

Silva is committed to giving back to the community and has partnered with numerous museums, community centers, non-profits, and schools. He served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus where his piece Corazon is permanently displayed on the outside of the building.