Jun 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Arts & Media (CAM)

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Dean: Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs: Dane Webster, MS
Assistant Dean, Budget and Financial Systems: Karen Ludington, MBA


Dean’s Office
Arts Building, Suite 177
1150 10th Street
Fax: 303-315-7404

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

National Center for Media Forensics:
Campus Box 154
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

About the College of Arts & Media


Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions.

Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice.

Core Values

Creative Excellence - Academic and artistic rigor, creativity and innovation are bedrock principles of the CAM community and the cornerstone of how we define excellence. As champions of creative excellence in art making and artistic expression we support risk-taking, intellectual freedom and social responsibility.

Discovery - We believe in a culture of shared discovery. Our students learn by doing, and as emerging peers, are important contributors to the knowledge exchange. We value rigorous investigation, critical thinking, diversity, collaboration and invention.

Denver - We are committed to learning both inside and outside the classroom. The accessibility, diversity and cultural energy of Denver make CAM a better place to teach, work and learn. We strive to offer reciprocal experiences to the citizens of this great city and pay it forward by extending our reach and impact in the global community.

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Programs of Study

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies  

Film & Television   

Visual Arts  

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Recording Arts with Emphasis in Media Forensics

Please see the Graduate Catalog or contact CAM@ucdenver.edu for information about CAM graduate programs in recording arts and media forensics.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Students wishing to pursue a CAM degree must be admitted to the University of Colorado Denver. See the Office of Admissions website for application requirements and deadlines. In addition, all audition track emphases in Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, and the Film & Televisoin program require additional application components. Students typically submit these additional components at the same time as university applications. Certain Visual Arts require portfolio-reviews after students have completed initial course work at CU Denver. Find more details about CAM program application requirements and deadlines in this catalog by selecting the above program links. Music and Film & Television application guidelines and deadlines may also be found on the CAM Admissions website.

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CAM is committed to both traditional and new technologies and celebrates the dynamic synergy between the two. CAM students can take advantage of superb studios, laboratories, editing facilities, equipment, screening rooms, galleries and performance spaces on campus. Students across all three CAM departments create work in computer labs where equipment and software are upgraded regularly. Most CAM studios are open for use by enrolled CAM students when classes are not scheduled. However, policy mandates that all equipment can only be used for class related projects. CAM is constantly working to enhance and add to its facilities; see below for just some of the resources.

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Facilities

  • Five recording studios
    • Three studios include surround sound capabilities
    • All studios are ProTools equipped
  • Large inventory of microphones and outboard equipment available
  • Vintage keys collection, including DX-7, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600, MiniMoog, PolyMoog, D-10, Hammond B3 and Rhodes
  • MIDI lab featuring ProTools, Logic and Ableton Live; supplemental access to three CAM computer labs
  • Consoles, including SSL AWS 924, Yamaha DM2000, AVID S6 and Mackie 32x8 Bus, as well as an Avid Artist Control Surface
  • 16-station piano lab featuring Apple Macintosh iMac computers with a wide selection of musical and songwriting/composition software applications
  • Eight performance teaching studios
  • 12 practice suites
  • Private teaching studios for voice, piano, guitar, bass, drum kit and percussion
  • 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, iZotope Rx Advanced, Adobe Creative Cloud, MATLAB, EnCase, Cellebrite and CEDAR Cambridge hardware/software systems
    • Security DVR and camera lab
    • Graduate student workstations accessible from anywhere in the world via Remote Desktop Connection
    • ENF (Electric Network Frequency) databases around the US

Visual Arts Facilities

  • Photography labs with black-and-white, non-silver, digital imaging and color capabilities, and large-format digital, color, and black and white printing (four large wet labs, individual color darkrooms, an RA4 color processor, an alternative process darkroom and a fully-outfitted digital lab with large-format Epson printers).
  • Transmedia sculpture lab with wood shop, metal shops and a foundry, as well as digital facilities (metal and wood fabrication, mold casting/design, digital modeling, electronic art, foundry casting, and teaching gallery).
  • Drawing and painting studios with flexible open space and excellent natural and studio lighting (studio classrooms with roll-out computers, projectors and small monotype presses, screen printing facilities, digital lab access and large format printing).
  • Digital design labs, computer labs, sound booths, editing suites, and video and digital cameras for student use
  • Digital Animation Center computer labs and motion capture studio
  • Illustration studios including state-of-the-art computer labs using Adobe software and open hands-on studio facilities (design, drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D sculpting equipment).
  • Auraria Visual Resources Center digital collection of contemporary and historical images, music and video
  • Emmanuel Gallery and Next Stage Gallery, public arts spaces for student and faculty exhibitions and special exhibition events
  • Community partnerships with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Redline Gallery, the Denver Performing Arts Center and more.

Film & Television Facilities

  • Two Apple computer labs utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite as well as other industry-level software applications
  • Equipment cage stocked with state-of-the-art tools for video production, including 4K cameras, lighting, sound and grip equipment
  • Three “black box” production studios
  • Scenic shops: wood, metal and paint
  • Three full-size green screens 
  • Auraria Media Center, with two 3-camera TV studios with full control rooms, isolation booth and lighting control
  • 120-seat movie theatre/classroom with a 2K projector and surround sound

Kenneth King Academic and Performing Arts Center

  • 520-seat Concert Hall
  • 268-seat Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theatre - proscenium theater with optional thrust stage
  • 200-seat Recital Hall
  • Fully wheelchair accessible production facilities, including catwalks
  • Assisted Listening System available in all venues
  • Wireless access

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