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This 9-credit-hour certificate in Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices (ETMAP) is open to any student pursuing a graduate degree in any department at CU Boulder. The goal is for students to integrate into their research a critical understanding of emergent media-arts practices by using the cutting-edge "practice-led" approach, which includes practice as an integral part of its method. The program can accommodate students from any discipline where emergent media technologies can be practiced in order to be studied and will be of particular interest to graduate students across the arts, humanities, media studies and communication.

The certificate is offered by the Department of Critical Media Practices (DCMP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. On both the undergraduate and graduate levels, DCMP addresses the changing landscape of electronic media-making by developing analytical and production skills across a wide range of platforms, practices and technologies while simultaneously placing them within the broader perspective of culture and history.

Certificate in Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices (9 credit hours)

  • Critical Studies—3 credit hours (choose one of)
    • CMDP 7100 Historical Overview of Media Arts and Technology—3
    • CMDP 7200 Theories of the Avant-Garde—3
    • CMDP 7410 Topics in Cultures of Arts and Technology—3
  • Practices—6 credit hours (choose two, and all courses are repeatable)
    • CMDP 7200 Research and Methodologies I—3
    • CMDP 7500 Production Methods I—3
    • CMDP 7910 Topics in Art and Technology : Methods and Ideas—3

The frequency of these offerings allows students to complete the requirements in one to two years. In addition, upon approval in advance by the DCMP Graduate Director, three graduate level credit hours taken in another graduate program at CU Boulder may substitute for three credit hours listed above. In each required course students must earn a grade of B or higher to receive credit. Upon completing the requirements, students provide a transcript to the DCMP Graduate Director. The transcript is reviewed to verify that the student has met the requirements.  When it is approved, the Registrar's Office will be notified and the certificate will be included on the student’s record either at that time or upon graduation with a graduate degree.

Course Descriptions

CMDP 7100 Historical Overview of Media Arts and Technology—3
Surveys historical trends in art and technology from the Renaissance to the contemporary global scene. Students investigate how artistic disciplines inform one another and how parallel developments in technology have played a significant role in the history of the arts. 

CMDP 7150 Theoretical Overview of Media Arts and Technology—3
Surveys major theories of art, culture and technology formulated by both practitioners and theoreticians and examines conversations among technology studies, media theory and artistic practice. Students investigate a variety of approaches and a broad range of theoretical perspectives. 

CMDP 7300 Theories of the Avant-Garde—3
Explores various manifestations of avant-garde and experimental literature, art and media performance in the twentieth century such as Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Theatre of the Absurd, the Situationists, Fluxus, Oulipo and others. Media forms analyzed include manifestos, sound poetry, theatre, the novel, happenings, cinema, installation and other forms of historical avant-garde practices. 

CMDP 7410 Topics in Cultures of Arts and Technology—3
Rotating topics in critical studies of media arts and technology. 

CMDP 7500 Production Methods I—3
Provides technical resources for students to work with emergent technologies in a media arts context. This is a team-taught, practice-based course addressing production methods from moving image and video to web and network media to computational media. Must be taken in sequence with CMDP 7550 (3) Production Methods II.

CMDP 7550 (3) Production Methods II—3
Builds on CMDP 7500 Production Methods I in developing technical skills with advanced new media forms. Projects are designed around students’ individual areas of practice. Must be taken in sequence with CMDP 7550 Production Methods I.

CMDP 7560 (3) Emergent Technologies: Theory and Practice—3
Explores how discreet modalities of media arts practices and their underpinning theoretical perspectives inform each other through the use of technology. Students investigate and develop theoretical perspectives on the exchange between art, technology and theory within their own research and the broader context of the contemporary social and cultural landscape.

To be accepted into the program, students must be a graduate student in good standing with the Graduate School, submit an acceptable statement of interest and successfully elaborate on that statement in an interview with the DCMP Graduate Director.

DCMP maintains professional video equipment and post-production facilities dedicated to this program.