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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.


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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 & formulas.

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Digital Media Area at UNC

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 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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Metals Area at UNC


Classes offered in basic and advanced techniques and processes for the creation of wearable art.


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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 welding, ceramic shell casting, assemblage in a studio spaces indoors and outdoors.

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Campus Commons Gallery

Constructed in 2018, Campus Commons Gallery is the largest of our exhibition spaces, located in Campus Commons: A student-centered, hub of campus. CC Gallery hosts six originally curated, contemporary exhibitions per year. Each exhibition explores concepts and themes through interdisciplinary, exposing our students to a variety of processes, methods, and art making choices. Campus Commons Gallery is an originally curated exhibition space and does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

Mariani Gallery

Since 1972, the Mariani Gallery has served the Northern Colorado and Weld County communities. Its outreach is increasingly growing to other nearby cities such as the greater Denver and Boulder areas. For the Spring 2019 semester, Mariani Gallery will be utilized as a student-focused exhibition space.  

The Oak Room Gallery

The Oak Room Gallery accepts proposals from UNC students, faculty, and the community for monthly exhibitions. Under the guidance of the Galleries staff, students and guest exhibitors are given the opportunity to curate and install their own artwork. The experience reinforces the curriculum and skill-sets learned in the classroom, preparing our students for a life-long career in the arts.  


Mariani Gallery
Guggenheim Hall, Room 100
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Oak Room Gallery
Crabbe Hall, Room 201
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Campus Commons Gallery
Campus Commons, Ground Floor
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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.

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