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The digital design emphasis integrates aesthetic, creative and critical thought with expertise in electronic media and graphic design. Configured as an interdisciplinary arts and design laboratory, digital design offers a hands-on education combining new art technologies and design research to promote an understanding of the cultural impact and use of digital technology to solve human, social and business problems. Through this interdisciplinary approach combining arts and communication, digital design strives to produce artists and designers who will use technology in innovative ways in both commercial and artistic spheres.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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- Students who are applying for entrance into the digital design emphasis must submit a portfolio, as described below. The digital design emphasis accepts applications only once a year. Students who meet the requirements and are accepted will be able to register for upper-division digital design courses.
The student has completed, or is in the process of completing, the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each:
|FINE 1000||Fostering Creativity||3|
|FINE 2405||Introduction to Digital Design 1||3|
|FINE 2415||Typography Studio 1||3|
offered in the fall at CU Denver.
Portfolio Application Requirements
Students applying to the digital design emphasis present a portfolio to be reviewed by design faculty. The deadline for submission will be November 1, 5:00pm (Mountain Time). The portfolio submission must be formatted and presented to the specifications listed on the Portfolio Review page here. There is no fee to apply.
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Arts & Media Graduation Requirements
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- A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required for each course applied toward a College of Arts & Media major, minor or certificate requirement. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will not fulfill a major, minor or certificate requirement. A grade of P is acceptable for courses in which the only grade available is Pass or Fail.
- All upper-division visual arts courses must be taken at CU Denver unless approved otherwise by Department of Visual Arts faculty.
- At least 27 semester hours of visual arts credits (at any level) must be taken at CU Denver.
- At least 24 semester hours of total visual arts courses must be upper-division.
|Take all of the following Pre-Portfolio courses:|
|FINE 1000||Fostering Creativity||3|
|FINE 2405||Introduction to Digital Design||3|
|FINE 2415||Typography Studio||3|
|Digital Design Emphasis|
|Take all of the following Digital Design Emphasis courses: 1|
|FINE 3404||Typography II||3|
|FINE 3414||Motion Design I||3|
|FINE 3415||Design Studio I||3|
|FINE 3424||Interactive Media||3|
|FINE 3444||Interactive Media II||3|
|FINE 3454||Motion Design II||3|
|FINE 3464||Design Studio II||3|
|FINE 4400||Design Studio III||3|
|FINE 4480||Design Thesis Research||3|
|FINE 4495||Design Thesis Project||3|
|Take one of the following Visual Arts courses:||3|
|3D Motion Design|
|Interactive Media III|
|Take all of the following Visual Arts courses:|
|FINE 1100||Drawing I||3|
|FINE 1500||Three-Dimensional Design||3|
|FINE 2155||Introduction to Digital Photography||3|
|FINE 2600||Art History Survey I||3|
|FINE 2610||Art History Survey II||3|
|FINE 4600||History of Modern Design:Industrial Revolution-Present||3|
|Take three semester hours of Pre-20th Century Art History elective.||3|
|Take fifteen semester hours of Visual Arts electives. 2||15|
Available only to students accepted to emphasis via portfolio review
These may include studio, lecture, internship, or art history courses.
Please contact the College of Arts & Media at CAM@ucdenver.edu for course sequencing, any prerequisite updates and for lists of approved electives and more information about this emphasis.
To review the Degree Map for this program, please visit our website.