University of Denver

Division of Arts and Humanities

Emergent Digital Practices

Address:

2199 S University Blvd

Denver, CO 80208

United States

Phone:

303-871-2000

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Emergent Digital Practices

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University of Denver's Emergent Digital Practices program offers both a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts focused on creatively shaping the future through the lenses of digital art, interaction design, immersive environments, critical writing, and more. As a member of our community, you will have 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art digital equipment and collaborative spaces as well as the opportunity to engage in critical reflection and dialogue about new cultures and creative practices in our small, focused classes.

What are Emergent Digital Practices?

  • Focus on creatively shaping the future through the lenses of digital art, interaction design, immersive environments, critical writing, and more
  • Learn the digital skills to excel in areas of creative expression and hands-on production
  • Consider the effects of emerging technological changes on our lives
  • Fuse the humanities and sciences with digital engagement

The EDP M.A. degree at the University of Denver is unique in that it asks the student to balance the technical and the critical, the practical and the aesthetic. The M.A. degree is structured to build upon the body of knowledge each student already possesses from their undergraduate studies and expand and explore the consequence and possibilities that arise from the inclusion of technology into that field.

The Emergent Digital Practices M.A. student should be able to articulate and demonstrate advanced perspectives on emergent digital practices within interdisciplinary contexts. The M.A. student should also be able to synthesize knowledge of ideas and practices from across the spectrum of historical and contemporary contexts, focusing not just on making the new, but making the needed. And their work should demonstrate accomplished means and mechanisms for critically evaluating the cultural dynamics of emergent digital practices. The final form of the M.A. Thesis is a balance between a digital creation and a written discourse about the ideas, inspiration, evolution, and critical analysis on the topics.

Potential future opportunities for an EDP M.A. include:

  • Interaction Designer
  • Open Hardware Creator
  • Open Software Designer
  • Multi-touch Display Architect
  • Art Director (technical to creative liaisons)
  • Sound Designer
  • Technology Critic
  • Humane Game Designer/Developer
  • Interactive Exhibition Designer
  • Doctoral Program candidate

While also demonstrating an understanding of emergent digital practices within interdisciplinary contexts, the M.F.A. student should be able to articulate a deep understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts of art making as shaped by technology and the sciences. The M.F.A. student should be prepared for public engagement through a knowledge of the significance of established cultural institutions and frameworks such as galleries, museums, festivals, and other public spaces. Additionally, the M.F.A. graduate student should be prepared for the development and organization of emerging venues for the exhibition of, and public engagement through, digital art works and new media. The final form of the M.F.A. Thesis is the creation and public showcase of a significant body of work coupled with a written analysis of the past, present, and future of connected ideas, inspirations, and critical theories.

Potential future opportunities for an EDP M.F.A. include:

  • Interaction Designer
  • Audio/Visual Performance Artist
  • Open Hardware Creator
  • Open Software Designer
  • Installation Artist
  • Multi-touch Display Architect
  • Art Director (technical to creative liaisons)
  • Sound Designer
  • Technology Critic
  • Humane Game Designer/Developer
  • Interactive Exhibition Designer
  • Doctoral Program candidate
  • Academic positions in New & Emerging Media
  • Professional Artist
  • Commissioned Artist (public & private)
  • Art Exhibition Coordinator
  • Curator / Assistant Curator
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Consultant
  • Gallery Owner

 

Envisioning artworks created with the latest technology fueled by critical content - that's the EDP program.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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