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”Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

~ Mary Oliver

Artists can shape humanity. 

Studying the Fine Arts broadens a student’s opportunity to cultivate their creativity within a diverse urban environment. Metro State offers accessible bachelor’s degrees in Screenwriting, Studio Arts, and Theater. Metro’s Interdisciplinary curriculum also includes digital arts, music, media and film production. 

Our faculty are award-winning working artists and scholars. The Fine Arts Department promotes campus and community events such as gallery exhibits, artist talks, film screenings, music performances and theater productions of established playwrights as well as original student work.

Our student’s voices are seen and heard.


The Screenwriting Program mentors talented writers and filmmakers—the next generation of visual storytellers—in the evolving traditions of cinema, TV and new media, all forms which rely on a good story well told. Through application and practice blended with professional development and community engagement, students gain a deep understanding of the film and TV industry and graduate from the program with a confidence in their distinct voices and unique stories, as well as the creative and technical skills to make it all come to life.

Studio Arts

Metro’s BA and minor in Studio Arts provides students with practical, conceptual and critical art training.  After a number of core courses are completed, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of upper division coursework in such topics as painting, drawing, photography, digital arts, textiles, book arts, clay, sculpture, printmaking and art activism. Nationally and internationally exhibited faculty prepare students to contribute to contemporary, multi-disciplinary art practices. 


Theater is a universal language that can develop and expand one’s communication skills, connection to creative ideas, and the ability to participate in profound social change. With a focus on new work and student-written plays, the program proudly offers a showcase for developing talents and provides opportunities for personal growth while working collaboratively within the artistic process.  There are many ways for students to get involved, on stage and/or off; whatever skill or interest one brings, and regardless of major, the theatre program has a niche for all who wish to participate.


Explore music at Metro State through lower and upper division courses such as Music Appreciation, Topics in Music and Applied Guitar Study. Students will have the opportunity to work as a group or in independent study courses while increasing their knowledge and enjoyment of music and furthering technical skills. Metro offers a high level of musical instruction and has an ever-expanding and inclusive musical community.

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Internship requirements - Communication Writing and the Arts

Learn more about Communication, Writing, and the Arts internship requirements at Metropolitan State University. 

Fine Arts Programs