ATLAS is an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention. We inspire research, experimentation and critical thinking that turns ingenious ideas into reality. The institute’s labs and academic programs encourage out-of-the-box thinking and creative exploration, attracting technology visionaries and virtuosos who reach beyond convention, take risks and innovate.
Center for the American West
The Center of the American West takes as its mission the creation of forums for the respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives in the pursuit of solutions to the region's difficulties. We at the Center believe that an understanding of the historical origins of the West's problems, an emphasis on the common interests of all parties, and a dose of good humor are essential to the constructive public discussion.
Nature, Environment, Science & Technology (NEST) Studio for the Arts is a network of faculty, students, centers and campus units that combine artistic practice and scientific research to explore our common and disparate ways of observing, recording, experimenting and knowing. A series of cross-campus initiatives allow students to directly engage with faculty mentors and inspire alternate modes of communicating with the public.
The Idea Forge
The Idea Forge is a flexible, cross-disciplinary collaborative space where students can imagine, design, create, and test products and solutions to meet a range of societal and customer needs. The space includes Design Center Colorado and supports student teams working on invention and innovation as part of courses, as well as design and development driven by entrepreneurial-minded individuals and service-oriented groups.
Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts
CINE aspires to integrate the critical, historical and theoretical study of cinema, media and the visual arts, with artistic and commercial practices.
College of Media, Communication, and Information (CMCI)
CMCI opened in fall 2015. It was created to match the times we live in—times of revolutionary change in the way people communicate, the tools they use to do it and the impact that change has on society. CMCI is home to several internationally recognized centers of academic excellence that provide valuable new research and insight on contemporary issues.