• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
The Art programme offered by Colorado State University is a professional program for careers in studio art. Students have an opportunity to concentrate in one of ten studio fields: drawing, electronic art, fibers, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photo image making, pottery, printmaking, and sculpture.

About

Throughout history, art has been a fundamental language of the human spirit. Visual arts express human experience through an ever-widening range of media and materials, some of which include: oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, clay, plaster, steel, bronze, wood, copper, litho stones, and digital media. Visual artists create abstract works and images of objects, people, nature, topography, and events.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Fundamental knowledge and mastery of media and processes necessary to communicate meaning in a work of art.
  • Ability to communicate clearly about their own art and the art of others.
  • Knowledge about contemporary art and motivation to view and discuss current local, regional, and national exhibitions. Students well versed on contemporary art would:
  • regularly read reviews of exhibitions in local and national newspapers;
  • regularly read art periodicals;
  • attend multiple exhibitions; and
  • be knowledgeable about contemporary artists in their discipline (i.e., nationally known painters, sculptors, etc.).

Careers

Art graduates of the Art programme offered by Colorado State University possess a number of transferable communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills appropriate for work in traditional business as well as positions in academia and roles as freelance artists, graphic designers, art educators, art historians, studio fine artists and as “creatives” in government and industry. Many employers appreciate art majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments. Participation in internships, cooperative education, and service learning opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.

Depending on student interests, the electives taken, or the concentration selected, available career choices include, but are not limited to: art appraiser, art director, art therapist, exhibit designer, art critic, jeweler, gallery director, graphic design artist, free lance artist, sculptor, woodworker, welder, foundry worker, studio photographer, technical illustrator, painter, textile designer, weaver, art educator, art historian, art curator, art librarian, art museum educator, web page designer, photo lab technician, art restorer, and master printer.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The curriculum progression in the department is similar within the concentrations and some concentrations may have restrictions. Freshmen study foundation courses in the fine arts, which include two-dimensional and three-dimensional foundations, drawing, and art history. Sophomores explore various concentration courses and become familiar with the studio practices for the concentration studios housed in separate wings that feature large, well-equipped studio spaces designed for exploration of work in a specific media. Juniors and seniors focus on advanced topics in their chosen concentration by taking one upper-division course in their chosen field each semester.

Concentrations
  • Drawing Concentration
  • Electronic Art Concentration
  • Fibers Concentration
  • Graphic Design Concentration
  • Metalsmithing Concentration
  • Painting Concentration
  • Photo Image Making Concentration
  • Pottery Concentration
  • Printmaking Concentration
  • Sculpture Concentration

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Scholarship application deadlines:

    • Early Action (non-binding) - Applications completed by December 1.
    • Regular Decision - Applications completed by February 1.
    • Space available admission consideration after these dates.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • Issues and Practices in Art
  • Art History
  • Digital Visual Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Introduction to Figure Drawing

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    53

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

  • The required GPA score for the international students is 3.5.

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • If you are applying as a freshman, you may apply use the Common Application or the CSU Application. 
  • Applying to CSU requires a $50 application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard.
  • Submit only your most recent high school transcript. We’ll ask for additional transcripts only if necessary.
  • ACT or SAT results
  • A personal statement is required from all freshman applicants.
  • We require one counselor OR teacher recommendation. Additional recommendations are optional.

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    29884 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29884 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11982 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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