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Degrees Offered: Minor BA MFA PhD Certificate

The Department of Critical Media Practices addresses the changing landscape of electronic media making by developing both analytical and production skills across a wide range of platforms, practices and technologies while placing them within the broader perspective of culture and history. The department explores cross­platform media production, computational media and creative ethnography, as well as other time­based media arts practices such as mobile media and performance art. This convergent approach to media spans a variety of media tools including digital photography, audio/video editing and single camera video production, open source programming and digital single lens reflex cameras.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduate students explore nonfiction multimedia projects, production for small screens, interactive media, and streaming and innovative approaches to web media. They get hands­on experience while collaborating with fellow students and faculty. At graduation, students are prepared to follow a career path as innovative media producers and engaged, active and critical citizens of the twenty­first century.

The department offers a BA in Media Production and undergraduate concentrations in documentary media, digital cultures, media production, music and technology and performance media. Students are exposed to a variety of approaches concerning the study of media, information and communication through core CMCI classes, and the undergraduate program is designed to provide basic hands­on grounding in production theory, aesthetics, techniques and approaches emphasizing innovative media making. As such, the department provides a rich and varied resource for cross­pollination and collaboration. Off campus, there are exciting opportunities to network with Boulder’s creative community, including award­winning filmmakers and artists.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Graduate Studies


The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices, a terminal degree, is a three­year 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.


Successful media art leadership and innovation in this century will be predicated on the preparation of those who will be able to navigate the theory and practice of media art and technology from an interdisciplinary perspective. The PhD in Emergent Technologies and Media Art Practices addresses this need.

This is a practice­directed program of scholarly research into new media practices, theories and innovations in art and technology. Students will both experiment with and research the media and artistic practices that they study. The ultimate goal is a scholarly dissertation that advances knowledge about media arts practice and is informed by creative and scholarly projects done during course work. The student's dissertation will contribute to innovative scholarship and situate his or her scholarship and that of others within broad cultural and historical contexts, charting new paths for research and for artistic practices. It is designed to meet the academic and professional arts challenges of the twenty­first century.

Graduate Degree Requirements

Research Opportunities

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 with faculty from other departments, like film, anthropology, media studies, art and art history and journalism, the program creates a distinctive interdisciplinary approach.