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 simultaneously placing them within the broader perspective of culture and history. The department explores cross-platform media production, computational media, and creative ethnography, as well as other time-based media arts practices such as locative media and performance art. Our 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.

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 that will 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.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

MFA, PhD, Certificate in Emergent Technologies and Media Arts PracticesCertificate in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices

Program Information

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Phone: 303-492-7977

For PhD questions, please contact Christian Hammons at or 303-492-6577