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.

Application Deadlines

Fall application deadline for USA applicants is Jan. 15.

Fall international application deadline for applicants is Dec. 1.

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 Historical Overview of Technology and Art—3

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

          CMDP 7300 Theories of the Avant-Garde—3

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

          CMDP 7450 Comprehensive Exam Seminar—3

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

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 Cultures of Art and Technology Topics—3 (repeatable)

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

          CMDP 8600 Independent Studio Critique—1-6

IV. Dissertation (30 credit hours)

          CMDP 8991 Dissertation and Project Guidance—1-10

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.  Please include a link to your online portfolio in your personal statement.
  • 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


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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

ETMP Program Handbook