• Sophie van Os

The best Art schools in Colorado to keep in mind

Are you an outdoor enthusiast who also loves dynamic cities? The state of Colorado might be the place for you! Think of the spectacular Rocky Mountains, the natural landmark Garden of the Gods and multiple ski resorts. Picture this beautiful scenery just a drive away from bustling cities like Denver which is known for its wide range of museums, beautiful parks and a variety of festivals. Imagine just how inspired you would be all the time! 



Museum of Contemporary Art Denver


You may have never been to Denver, or heard of this museum, but it is worth looking into when you’re doing research on where to study. The art scene in this city is booming and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver only proves that even more. Why? First of all, the building was designed by David Adjaye. This Ghanaian-British architect made a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy outdoor art. Secondly, the collection is diverse and always changing. So everytime you visit, there will be new art to discover. And once you’ve had your fill of artistic inspiration, you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee on the rooftop terrace while admiring the mountain views. Sounds pretty cool, right?



Public Art schools that are worth looking into


Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

This video gives a great vibe of what this college is like: fun, dynamic, creative! Your teachers are professional artists and designers who will guide you through your creative studies. Besides offering a diverse range of programs like animation, illustration, interior design and game art, you will learn how to translate your talent and abilities into a career perspective. 


SAT: Considered but not required

Acceptance rate: 100%

Tuition: $21,571* (after financial aid)

Unique courses: game art / illustrative design

*Costs are an estimate


UNC School of Art and Design

About an hour drive north of Denver, lies Greeley. Here you will find the highly ranked University of Northern Colorado which offers a wide range of art and design programs. Not only can you choose to study digital media, metals and drawing but you can also specialize in art education and art history. The perks of studying at this University compared to the one mentioned above is that they have a diverse set of students on campus. You can meet people majoring in business, humanities or social science. On top of that, they have a student-focused exhibition space! 


SAT: Considered but not required

Acceptance rate: 91%

Tuition: $13,464*

Unique courses: metals / art education

*Costs are an estimate



How to prepare for your admission


Do you imagine yourself wandering around in the hallways of one of these art and design schools? Then you know it’s time for you to choose a program and start on  your application! But before you get too carried away, you should carefully look into the school’s admission requirements.  


In most cases these schools want you to bring your portfolio. This portfolio should reflect your character, who you are as a person. Don’t have a clue as to where to start? I have just the thing for you!


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Photo credits: Unsplash by Cassie Gallegos

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