May 27, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts & Media

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Interim Dean:  Laura Goodwin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs: Joann Brennan
Assistant Dean, Budget and Administrative Services: Katherine Kilpatrick


Dean’s Office / Office of Advising and Student Services

Physical Location:

Arts Building, Suite 177
1150 10th Street
Fax: 303-556-2335

Mailing Address:
College of Arts & Media
Campus Box 162
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

“Art Changing Lives” 

Mission: The College of Arts & Media (CAM) exists at the intersection of art, technology and commerce, and as such, faculty and students use powerful art making, expansive teaching/learning and strategic service to connect deeply with the arts disciplines and the creative industries —as these currently exist and as they might become.

At the College of Arts & Media, we view the arts as central in enabling people to express and know themselves and understand the world around them.  We attract students from the Denver area as well as from across the country and around the world.  Our students pursue individualized goals, such as seeking a first degree, making a career change or enriching personal growth.  Our faculty bring both professional experience and artistic excellence to the classroom.  Through connections and workshops with arts professionals and internships, CAM students are able to explore their chosen professions.  CAM develops and maintains cooperative relationships with civic groups, regional arts agencies, museums, galleries, performance venues, public schools, community colleges, professional societies and the business community.  The College of Arts & Media is committed to expanding its international presence. 

College Values


Experimentation and Innovation
Excellence and Professionalism
Creative Research and Scholarship
Technological Innovation
Critical Thinking
Diversity, Accessibility and Equity
Intellectual Freedom and Artistic Integrity
Civic Engagement
Experiential Learning
Social Responsibility


CAM’s Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies  offers a master of science in recording arts (MSRA) with emphases in recording arts and media forensics. For details on program requirements, admissions, application deadlines and policies, please see the Recording Arts  page or the Media Forensics  page in this catalog.

CAM also offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees through its MEIS Department, as well as the Department of Theatre, Film and Video Production  and the Department of Visual Arts . Please see the Undergraduate Catalog or contact for more information.

Faculty in CAM design their courses with explicit learning outcomes that define knowledge (what students will know) and skills (what students will be able to do). Dispositional outcomes that describe how students will be changed are often included. Sequentially-designed courses enable the scaffolding of knowledge, skills and dispositions while supporting CAM students to engage in art-making of consequence, creative innovations, new technologies, and building connections to creative industries. Our faculty infuse real-world knowledge in the classroom and create opportunities for students to develop an understanding of how their own art-making and scholarly pursuits impact others.  Opportunities to engage with arts professionals, attend lectures and workshops by visiting artists, work in the creative industries through internships and participate in other exciting activities help students connect their learning to careers in the arts. 

Recording Arts and Media Forensics Facilities

  • Five recording studios
    • Three studios include Surround Sound capabilities
    • All studios are ProTools HD equipped
  • Large inventory of microphones and outboard equipment available
  • Vintage keys collection which includes DX-7, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600, MiniMoog, PolyMoog, D-10, YC-30, B3 and Rhodes
  • MIDI lab featuring ProTools, Logic and Ableton; supplemental access to three College of Arts & Media computer labs
  • Consoles include SSL AWS 924, Yamaha DM2000, DigiDesign Control 24 and Mackie 32x8 Bus, and Avid Artist Control surface
  • Workstations include ProTools, LogicPro and others for mastering, sequencing and synthesis applications
  • 16-station piano lab featuring Apple Macintosh iMac computers with a wide selection of musical and songwriting/composition software applications
  • Audio/video forensics labs at the National Center for Media Forensics
    • Computer lab featuring multimedia analysis and processing software such as Cognitech, Ocean Systems, DAC, Agnitio and MATLAB
    • Security DVR and Camera Lab
    • Digital Evidence Lab featuring EnCase and Cellebrite hardware/software systems
    • Graduate student workstations accessible from anywhere in the world via Remote Desktop Connection
    • Network on ENF (Electric Network Frequency) databases around the US

Scholarship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to review scholarship opportunities provided by CAM and the university through the university’s Scholarship Resource Office. Visit the Tuition/Financial Aid  page in this catalog for more information.

CAM General Academic Policies

Please see the Office of the Registrar  and the University Policies  pages of this catalog for academic policies that apply to all students at the university. The policies that follow apply specifically to graduate students in the College of Arts & Media. Contact with any questions about these or other college/university policies.

Students must also follow the policies outlined in the Graduate School Rules. Contact for information on how to access these rules.

Adding/Dropping Courses After Census

Students wishing to add or drop a full-term course after the semester add/drop deadline (Census) must submit a petition to the College of Arts & Media. Contact for petition guidelines.

Grade Appeals

When a CAM student has questions or concerns regarding academic issues such as project grades, final grades, attendance policies, etc., the student is encouraged to speak directly with the faculty member teaching the course. If resolution or clarity of understanding is not reached, the following procedure should be followed:

  • The student contacts the department chair to discuss the concerns and his/her point of view.
  • The department chair speaks with the faculty member to ascertain the faculty member’s point of view.
  • The department chair facilitates a meeting between the student and faculty member to discuss the issue.
  • If the student still has concerns after completion of these procedures, the student should contact the CAM Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. 


The College of Arts & Media has strict policies for granting incomplete grades. They include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reason for incomplete must be a verifiable circumstance beyond the student’s control that made completion of the course impossible
  • The majority of course requirements (75 percent) must have been completed with a passing grade to be eligible for incomplete (B [3.0] for courses toward recording arts; B- [2.7] for courses toward media forensics)
  • CAM course completion agreement must be signed by both the instructor and student, with final approval by the associate dean
  • All course work must be completed within one calendar year of the end of the original course
  • Requests for a retroactive change from a letter grade to an incomplete will not be considered

The student is responsible for requesting an incomplete grade and submitting all of the appropriate paperwork and obtaining approvals. Please contact for additional information. 

Curricular Changes and Course Substitutions

Graduate students fall under the degree requirements that were in place when they first enrolled in their programs. If a program revises its curriculum, students have the option of following their original degree requirements or the revised curriculum. Courses under the original requirements may no longer be taught or may not be available for a set duration. In this case, the department will approve course substitutions.

Course substitutions in the graduate degree must be approved by the designated area head in the specific program area, the department chair and/or possibly the associate dean. Please contact for additional information.

Applying to Graduate

Students expecting to graduate are required to apply to graduate via UCD Access by the published deadline.  Students who do not apply by the deadline must apply to graduate for the following semester.

Applications will be accepted from the first day of the student’s registration for the semester in which the student plans to graduate through Census Date (the drop/add deadline) of the semester. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on census date of the semester in which the student is applying to graduate as noted in the published academic calendar. Students are encouraged to meet with an MEIS Department advisor the semester before they intend to graduate to review graduation procedures and degree requirements.

Students who have not attended the university for one calendar year or more must gain readmission to the university prior to applying for graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to apply with enough time for the readmission process to be finalized by the census date. 

Academic Policies Committee

The CAM Academic Policies Committee is the appellate committee for all student-related academic petitions, issues and appeals. The committee is responsible for the evaluation and interpretation of the approved academic policies of the college. Questions about interpretation of policies may be directed to the Office of Advising and Student Services. Procedures and petition guidelines are available at the CAM Web site or by emailing

College of Arts and Media Courses

Click here  to see a complete list of courses.