M.A. - Digital Media Studies
The digital media studies (DMS) program at the University of Denver fosters the work of graduate students interested in the complex synthesis of digital media design and creative expression, innovative technical proficiencies and critical and theoretical scholarship. The program is a unique partnership between the department of media, film and journalism studies and the School of Art and Art History.
Promoting rigorous intellectual engagement and advanced technological skills, the DMS program contributes to the University of Denver's mission to engage and empower students through the productive synergies of theory and practice, critical thinking and creativity, and scholarly investigation with community engagement. We approach this mission in ways that bring to the foreground technological perspectives and practices, particularly as these advances are taking shape within the contemporary networked environments of computational media, art and communications.
Combining threads of structured study along with opportunities for independent and collaborative work over the course of the two-year program, the master's degree in digital media studies is organized around three basic categories of courses and related aptitudes: critical courses, which explore digital media theory from numerous disciplinary perspectives; art and design courses, which approach digital media as artistic praxis; and technical courses, which offer instruction in media authoring, computing and other areas of technical production.
Our program measures these three aptitudes (critical thinking, innovative art and design, and technical development) and expects the graduate student to demonstrate the synthesis of these aptitudes through complex individual as well as collaborative projects. DMS is currently developing or contributing to the following areas of research and production at the University of Denver: complex visual/sonic/tangible experiences, including work in