Our program contributes to the University of Denver's mission to engage and empower students by promoting intellectual engagement, creativity and technical skills. Our program fosters a synergy of theory and practice by combining critical thinking and imagination. We balance scholarly investigation and innovative research with creative making, collaboration and community engagement.

Our goal is for students to experience, understand and contribute to the emergent forms and practices taking shape through technology in art, design and culture. In independent as well as collaborative projects, our undergraduate and graduate students demonstrate their ability to create, thrive and connect.

In the Emergent Digital Practices program, you will:

  • Imagine, plan, create and critically examine digital and physical spaces for connection and conversation between people, technology and ideas.
  • Understand and articulate the interactions among the digital arts, humanities and sciences.
  • Synthesize your own research and work that explores the visual, sonic, interactive, tangible and participatory forms of art and technology.
  • Develop, incorporate and foster sustainable practices in digital arts and digital design.
  • Cultivate and implement strategies for personal reflection and expression, critical exchange and public discourse.
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Undergraduate Degrees

The Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) major emphasizes the new forms of interaction, performance, collaboration and engagement developing as technology converges with knowledge and practices from across the arts, humanities and sciences.

Shaped by investment in participatory forms of creativity and critical engagement, EDP asks students to work together to develop strategies and processes for addressing complex interdisciplinary topics and problems beyond the realm of industry standards and proven application. We support new kinds of student and faculty interactions and collaborations by combining cutting-edge classrooms that are equal parts laboratory, studio, think-tank and stage.

For students looking to combine their EDP skills and knowledge with an additional major or topic of study, the BA degree or minor in EDP gives you the opportunity to learn to synthesize ideas and practices from across the spectrum of historical and contemporary digital culture and contexts. Our BFA takes a fine arts approach to digital practices in art and design, and generally won't be accompanied by a second major.



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Dual-Degree 4+1 BA & MA

Our 4+1 BA & MA program brings together the interdisciplinary, critical and collaborative practices from our undergraduate and graduate degrees. You'll develop a deeper understanding of emergent digital practices and demonstrate your learning through a final thesis. 

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Graduate Degrees

As an EDP graduate student, you'll develop critical awareness and new media literacies alongside your own creative projects and research defining new modes of interdisciplinary work. 

You’ll experiment with technology outside the realm of industry standards and articulate the critical underpinnings of your work. Advanced study in EDP will empower you as a scholar and professional in the new art, design and technology sphere that has developed alongside the powerful, networked and mobile computing technologies of the 21st century.

Our MA in Emergent Digital Practices combines the pursuit of advanced, investigatory technical media art skills with research agendas contextualized within a liberal arts and digital humanities framework. Our MFA emphasizes methods and production of creative research and works shaped by broader historical and cultural contexts. Students in both degrees learn to work together, share critical, theoretical and historical resources, excel in areas of creative expression and hands-on media art, and acquire specialized investigatory skills.

These programs are not currently accepting applications.