The Department of Critical Media Practices addresses the how and why of creative practices in the 21st century.
The program will equip you to find your voice and to develop models suited to your needs in a startup universe of media transformation. You will learn innovative forms of media-making, producing and directing of multimedia productions across many technology platforms and contexts. You will also learn critical perspectives so that you can place media practices within a broad cultural and historical continuum of innovation.
Our bachelor’s degree prepares you for a career as an innovative media producer and an engaged, critical citizen for the 21st century.
In small classes, you’ll explore cross-platform media production, documentary production, computer-generated media and the use of media to study diverse cultures, as well as other forms of media arts practices such as mobile media and performance art. Class topics include nonfiction multimedia projects, production for small screens, interactive media and web media. One of your introductory courses will be taught entirely on a tablet.
Our production workshops and media labs offer hands-on experience with a variety of media tools, including digital photography, hybrid work flows, large-scale video production projects, audio/video editing and open-source programming. Off campus, Boulder’s creative community, which includes many award-winning filmmakers and artists, provides opportunities to intern and network with experts.
Students majoring in any discipline may pursue a minor in Critical Media Practices. DCMP proposes a total of 16 credit hours, with three required media production courses that combine theory with technical skill in order to prepare students for upper division study.
This is a terminal, three-year degree for students seeking an immersive experience in documentary media practices. The program’s Documentary Lab provides experience in all phases of production and fosters an environment of investigation and collaboration.
This is a practice-directed program of scholarly research into new media practices, theories and innovations in art and technology. You will both experiment with and research the media and artistic practices you study. It is anticipated that this PhD program will begin in fall 2017 and applications will be accepted beginning in July 2016.
Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices
This certificate is open to any student pursuing a graduate degree in any department at CU-Boulder. The program aims to meaningfully integrate documentary practices within your primary research and creative process. You will develop both analytical and production skills across a wide range of platforms, practices and technologies while simultaneously placing them within the broader perspective of culture and history.