Our MA in emergent digital practices is a two-year degree that gives you the opportunity to analyze and contextualize various areas of study in relation to technology and digital tools while also materializing an engaging public project that demonstrates your voice. We work with creative students who think critically and work in spaces beyond the defined and familiar. To complete the degree program, you’ll create a thesis project that will serve as a portfolio and example for future employers of how you engage and empower others with thoughtfully applied technologies.

You may choose to explore interdisciplinary ideas and practices, including digital design, tangible interaction, data visualization, 3D animation, sonic environments and modeling. The technical and creative problem-solving skills you can develop will leave you poised for success in the artistic or entrepreneurial worlds, where forward-thinking analysis fuses with tangible applications. Graduates have established careers as game designers, open hardware and software creators, art directors or technology critics — roles where their unique combination of skills and perspectives are valued.

The Emergent Digital Practices MA Program Provides:

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    Cutting-edge learning spaces that are equal parts laboratory, studio, think tank and stage

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    Digital Fabrication technologies, powerful imaging and sonification tools and a variety of interactive flex-spaces that allow students to gain experience with the most current tools

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    Small class sizes that allow students to work closely with faculty who are innovators in digital arts and design

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    Collaborations and projects with institutions like the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and more

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    A broad understanding of new media literacies combined with practical and technical skills.

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Degree Requirements

  • The MA degree is 48 credits and is typically completed in two years.
  • Students complete a project and choose to craft either a thesis or major research paper that is conceptually interconnected with that project. 
  • If you choose to write a thesis, you must successfully pass an oral defense.

See the DU Graduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 

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EDP is for critical thinkers who want to expand the potential of technology in art, design and culture

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