Critical Media Practices Graduate Degrees

DCMP PhD

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The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices 

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices, a terminal degree, is a three-year program. It provides graduate students with an immersive experience in documentary media practices from a variety of philosophical and cross-disciplinary perspectives involving traditional and emerging media formats.

The program’s Documentary Lab gives students experience in all phases of production and fosters an environment of investigation and collaboration. By engaging students and DCMP faculty expertise with faculty from the departments of film, anthropology, media studies, art and art history and journalism, the program creates a distinctive interdisciplinary approach. 

Deadlines

Fall 2017 application deadline for USA master's applicants is Jan. 19, 2017.

Fall 2017 international application deadline for master's applicants is Dec. 1, 2016.

The Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices MFA is a three-year degree program requiring 60 credit hours of course work, with first-year, second-year, and thesis reviews, and with public presentations of work each year.

  • Seven seminars are required, including Research and Methodologies, four Documentary, and two MFA Thesis seminars.

Also required:

  • One Production workshop
  • One Production Topic
  • One Documentary fieldwork course
  • One Contemporary Issues in Documentary Media course
  • One Media/Culture Studies elective 
  • One Producing Practicum
  • Three self-directed research classes, under faculty supervision
  • Individual Thesis Research course 

Each student’s thesis project will be presented in a third-year spring semester MFA Exhibition. A written thesis reflecting on the project is required. The MFA thesis project will focus on producing an intellectually rigorous and innovative contribution to documentary media. The MFA thesis project evolves throughout the course of the program as students develop their own distinct perspective.

MFA applicants must:

  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and provide transcripts from every institution attended.
  • Have an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.75.
  • If international, provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Provide a statement of purpose.
  • Provide a portfolio of sample media work such as short video, photography, website documentary projects and audio work. Format preference is Vimeo, otherwise QuickTime files, DVD and/or links to website work. 

In the online application, select IDMP-MFA as the academic plan.

For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. 

Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application

Resources

FAQ | Online Application | International Students Online Application

Expenses and Housing

Funding | Tuition | Housing | Bill Estimator | Check Residency Status

Research or teaching assistantships and fellowships are available. Please request one as part of the application.

Phone: 303-492-7977

Email: cmcigrad@colorado.edu

Campus Location: Hellems 96D

 

The PhD in Emergent Technologies and Media Art Practices

We are training the next and successive generations of scholars to advance our understanding of emergent technology within the arts. The Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices (ETMAP) PhD is a practice-led program of scholarly research and exploration of media practices, theories and innovations in art and technology. By "practice-led" we mean that students both experiment with and research the media and artistic practices that they study. The ultimate goal is a substantive dissertation and media-based project that situate media art making within broad cultural and art historical perspectives. Areas of possible research include historical and theoretical perspectives on cinema/video and performance, art historic prospective on video art and the moving image, creative non-fiction media art practices, technologies of media performance, immersive media environments and media installation, animation, expanded cinema and the integration of audio/sound technologies in relation to image production.

The Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices PhD is a four-year degree program resulting in a dissertation. The program consists of required course work taken over a two or three year period, dissertation reviews, as well as written and oral comprehensive exams and the dissertation defense (with public presentations of work each year). A faculty advisor and committee for the comprehensive exams are chosen by the end of the fall semester of the second year and students choose their dissertation committees by the first semester of year three. The course work incorporating foundational investigations explores a variety of crucial areas. These include a survey of historical trends in art and technology from the Renaissance to the contemporary global scene, the historical avant-garde and experimental literature, art, and mixed-media performance in the twentieth century, a seminar on major theories of art and culture and technology from both practitioners and theoreticians, and project-based course work exploring how seemingly discreet modalities of media arts practices and their underpinning theoretical perspectives inform each other through the use of technology.

Deadlines

Fall 2017 application deadline for USA PhD applicants is Jan. 19, 2017.

Fall 2017 international application deadline for PhD’s is Dec. 1, 2016.

The PhD in ETMAP is a four-year degree program requiring 72 credit hours of course work, with first-year reviews, as well as written and oral comprehensive exams and the dissertation defense.

ETMAP OVERVIEW (72 credit hours)
I. ETMAP Fundamentals (27 credit hours)

          CMDP 7100 (3) Historical Overview of Technology and Art

          CMDP 7500/7550 (6) Production Methods I and II
          CMDP 7200/7250 (6) Research and Methodologies I and II

          CMDP 7300 (3) Theories of the Avant-Garde

          CMDP 7400 (3) Contemporary Practices
          CMDP 7600 (3) Emergent Technologies: Theory and Practice

          CMDP 7450 (3) Comprehensive Exam Seminar

II. Dissertation Development (3 credit hours)
          CMDP 8100 (3) Dissertation Development Seminar

III. Topics Courses, Guided Electives AND/OR Independent Study (12 credit hours)

          Guided electives; within or outside the Department of CMP

          Independent Study; within or outside the Department of CMP         

          CMDP 7410 (3) Cultures of Art and Technology Topics (repeatable)

          CMDP 7910 (3) Art and Technology: Methods and Ideas Topics (repeatable)

          CMDP 8600 (1-6) Independent Studio Critique

IV. Dissertation (30 credit hours)

          CMDP 8991 (1-10) Dissertation and Project Guidance

Before advancing to candidacy, all students in the ETMAP program must pass the comprehensive examination and must demonstrate their proficiency and understanding of the fundamental historical and theoretical concepts explored and developed in prior coursework.

Each student’s dissertation work will be presented publicly during the fifth year. Dissertations may include practical as well as written theoretical components.

PhD applicants must:

  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and provide transcripts from every institution attended.
  • Have an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.75.
  • If international, provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Provide a statement of purpose.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation.
  • Provide a portfolio of sample media work if applicable, such as short video, photography, website, media art projects, and/or audio work. Format preference is Vimeo, otherwise QuickTime files, DVD and/or links to a personal website.
  • Provide a writing sample of at least 2500 words.

In the online application, select ETMAP-PHD as the academic plan.

For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts.

Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application

Resources

FAQ | Online Application | International Students Online Application

Expenses and Housing

Funding | Tuition | Housing | Bill Estimator | Check Residency Status

Research or teaching assistantships and fellowships are available. Please request one as part of the application.

Phone: 303-492-7977

Email: cmcigrad@colorado.edu

Campus Location: Hellems 96D