Our Visual Art program helps you realize your unique artistic vision through an experimental, traditional and cross-disciplinary approach to art. By creating art and studying its history and theory we will guide you as you expand your artistic vision and thoroughly prepare you for a professional life in the contemporary art world.
Visual Art is offered as a major concentration or as a minor. There are a wide range of courses in painting, drawing, book arts, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance, digital and darkroom photography, social practice, digital media, sound, and video. In addition, you're encouraged to explore collaborative practices and relationships with students and faculty in visual and performing art as well as across the campus. Studios are well equipped and include drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, darkroom photography and state of the art computer labs.
We are creatively diverse, professionally active artists who share a common vision: we are deeply invested in helping you reach your creative and academic potential. Therefore our classes are intimate, supportive, and rigorous environments where you're encouraged to push your own boundaries by being creatively and intellectually ambitious.
You'll have numerous opportunities to exhibit your work in the student gallery at the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Galleries of Contemporary Art at UCCS (GOCA & GOCA 121) and in various venues throughout the city and region. You can join The Art Club (the student art history and art club), which sponsors workshops with nationally recognized artists, field trips to museums, curates exhibitions, and much more.
You can also explore the world through travel courses. Students have been to New York City, Santa Fe, Florence, Rome, London and Semester at Sea. VAPA and VA also offer a Visiting Artists and Critics lecture series, which gives you an opportunity to engage and work with local, national, and internationally recognized artists.
Colorado Springs is home of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado College’s Idea Space, GOCA 121, The Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Manitou Art Center, and a range of commercial galleries. The Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Arvada Center for the Arts, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sangre de Cristo Art Center as well as a host of other commercial and non-profit cultural institutions are only a short drive from Colorado Springs.
Our Visual Art curriculum culminates with Professional Seminar, which guides you through the ins-and-outs of building a professional art career. The highlight is the senior exhibition each spring at GOCA 121 downtown. When you leave UCCS, you'll be well equipped for life in the 21st century world of art!