Emergent Digital Practices (MA, MFA)


Our graduate degrees in Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) bring together inclusive digital design, electronic and new media arts and technology, and creative coding to contribute to our investigations of culture and society, the arts and sciences, media philosophy, science fiction, trans-global politics, and social justice.

The two-year, master’s in Emergent Digital Practices degree allows you to develop your critical, technical and artistic skills by creating new technological applications. You may choose to explore interdisciplinary ideas and practices, including digital design, tangible interaction, data visualization, 3D animation, sonic environments and modeling. Graduates have established careers as game designers, open hardware and software creators, art directors or technology critics.

In the three-year, master of fine arts (MFA) program, you'll master diverse digital tools and focus on creating an art and design practice that is critically and socially engaged, preparing for a career of professional practice in media arts and design.  Our MFA is a technically advanced degree in which you'll explore art forms ranging from interactive to visual to sonic and use new technologies to produce creative works. Graduates have established fulfilling careers as open software or hardware designers, installation artists, curators, technology critics, gallery owners and academics. 


Why a graduate degree in Emergent Digital Practices at DU?

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    On Campus Makerspaces

    Cutting-edge learning spaces that are equal parts laboratory, studio, think tank and stage right here on campus.  We have an array of dynamic and flexible spaces infused with technology, giving students all the tools they need to bring their ideas into the world. Moving beyond the simple computer monitor, we encourage our students to explore in spatial, mobile, visual, audible and the tactile modes.


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    Lasting Community Connections

    In our unique classes, internships and projects, our students have worked with institutions ranging from TEDxDU, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Art Museum, Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Public Schools and Denver Open Media.

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    Clinic for Open Source Arts

    The Clinic for Open Source Arts explores, supports and celebrates local and global efforts to make free and open-source digital tools for creative expression. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to contribute, focusing specifically on bringing women, minorities and other underrepresented communities together as contributors to the ongoing innovation and growth of these tools.



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11:1 Student Teacher Ratio Receive individual instruction and mentorship from faculty who are artists, educators and theorists & who create projects that explore art's intersections with science, politics, religion, sound, and much more.

Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration EDP is driven by these 3 principles and dedicated to creative and research practices at the leading edges of knowledge, art and technology for the public good.

90%+ Receive Funding Typically, our students receive partial funding, including merit-based scholarships. Limited GTA positions may also be available.

Cherish Marquez

Gaming as a Call to Action

Emergent Digital Practices alumna Cherish Marquez responds to border politics.

Cherish Marquez, an MFA candidate in Emergent Digital Practices (EDP), uses 3D world fabrication to immerse her viewers in cultural, historical and political journeys of exploration. Marquez chose DU’s Emergent Digital Practices program to advance her artistic experience and study a wider range of mediums under the guidance of a diverse faculty.

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