Critical Media Practices
How has technological innovation shaped they way we produce sounds, images and social experiences?
How are visual aesthetics produced and circulated across global cultures?
What will media art look like in 20 years?
Are you ready to create your own media mash-up—drawing from new media tools?
The Department of Critical Media Practices equips you to find your voice and to develop models suited to your needs in a world of startups and transformation. You will learn how to produce and analyze media artifacts across many platforms, technologies and practices. You will also gain a critical perspective so that you can place digital media within a broad cultural and historical perspective. Draw on historical traditions and build toward a future of converging, shifting and emerging technologies and media. The Department addresses the how and why of creative practices in the 21st century.
In small classes, you’ll explore cross-platform media 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 innovative approaches to web media.
Our production workshops and media labs offer hands-on experience with a variety of media tools, including digital photography, hybrid work flows, DSLRs, large-scale video production projects, audio/video editing and open-source programming. Courses range from an introductory course taught entirely on a computer pad (readings, critical and creative assignments, quizzes and essays) to graduate programs—the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices and the PhD in Emergent Technologies and Media Art Practices.
Off campus, Boulder’s thriving creative community, which includes many award-winning filmmakers and artists, provides opportunities to intern and network with experts. Let the Department of Critical Media Practices prepare you for an innovative career in media production, critical scholarship and media exhibition.
The Department of Critical Media Practices offers a bachelor's degree in media production, a certificate in interdisciplinary documentary media, and two graduate degrees: a master of fine arts in interdisciplinary documentary media practices and a PhD in emergent technologies and media art practices.
Your Potential Careers
multimedia arts production