Creative Industries track

Creative Industries students gain technical fluency, designing and building systems and products to realize their creative visions through a project-based curriculum. They graduate as creative technologists equipped with robust portfolios of thoughtful projects and prototypes.

The Creative Industries track is guided by a unique and relevant core curriculum, further shaped by student interest and by industry leaders. Beyond the core, the curriculum is flexible, allowing students to focus on diverse areas and work towards different careers. Many students focus on user experience and user interaction (UI/UX); other popular areas of interest are games and virtual & augmented reality, performance arts and media, learning and education, and interactive product design. Along the way, students choose their own adventure by selecting from a diverse and challenging array of technical focus and critical perspective elective courses.

Students in the Creative Industries track connect with the current and most relevant considerations of the field. Through workshops, visiting speakers, studios and classes, students work directly with leading professionals on real-world issues, gaining design expertise and technical skills as they learn the business of creativity.

Construct your own focus area, drawing on the diverse resources of the ATLAS Institute and the broader University of Colorado Boulder campus. The following focus areas show a few popular paths within the Creative Industries track, but they are not meant to be prescriptive: User Experience and Human-Computer Interaction, Game Design and Development, Interactive Product Design and Development, or join one of ATLAS Institute's Labs or Studios.


GRE: ATLAS does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for applications to the Creative Technologies and Design master's program.

International applicants: All ATLAS degree programs have been assigned the US State Department's CIP code 15.0000, Engineering Technology, General. It is classified as a STEM OPT-eligible degree.