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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Design Minor

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The digital design minor integrates creative thinking with experience using digital applications in the production of graphic design and motion graphics. Configured as an interdisciplinary arts and design laboratory, this minor offers a practical understanding of how digital technology can be applied to help solve human, social and business problems.

Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program

Declaring This Minor

  • Students who are applying for entrance into the digital design minor must submit a portfolio, as described below. The digital design minor accepts applications only once a year. Students who meet the requirements and are accepted will be able to register for upper-division digital design courses.


The student has completed, or is in the process of completing, the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better in each: 

FINE 2405 and 2415 are both offered fall term at CU Denver.


To properly prepare the application, refer to the digital design website for detailed instructions. Applications are due by November 1 at 5:00pm (Mountain Time) or on the following business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday. 

Applications are only accepted online via the Canvas course portal and must be formatted to the specifications listed on the digital design website. The portfolio samples should consist of images and video links. Written work should be integrated into the submission. It is VERY important for students to visit the submission page early and begin uploads two weeks before the due date. Late submissions due to technical difficulties on the part of the applicant will NOT be accepted.

Application Portfolio

Your portfolio must include a Design Project and 5 additional examples of your work. The Design Project asks for multiple images and writing, these do not count towards your 5 examples of your work.  Details about choosing those 5 images are below.

Your complete application must be comprised of the following:

Follow all instructions to complete the Design Project.  Writing is important, make sure that you include the required written elements of the design project (no more than 400 to 500 words in length). Your writing should demonstrate your critical thinking skills regarding your work, process, design choices and your ability to address the assignment in a notable way. Refer to the Digital Design Portfolio Rubric on the Evaluation Process page for requirements, guidance, and criteria.

1 project or exercise from FINE 2405 Introduction to Digital Design (or equivalent for a transfer student). Label the image with the project/exercise name and class.

2 projects or exercises from FINE 2415 Typography (or equivalent for transfer students). Label the image with the project/exercise name and class.

2 additional creative works. They can be your original design, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, painting, video (no longer than 2 minutes in length), freelance design work, or additional projects/exercises from design or other courses. All pieces will need to be in digital format.

Portfolio Submission

Current CU Denver students must submit their portfolio application through the Canvas course. Transfer students will submit by emailing a multipage PDF to Bryan Leister, at bryan.leister@ucdenver.edu by the Application Deadline. Late submissions due to technical difficulties on the part of the applicant will NOT be accepted.


For more portfolio information, please contact CAM@ucdenver.edu, Visual Arts Chair, Michelle Carpenter at michelle.carpenter@ucdenver.edu or Associate Chair, Bryan Leister at bryan.leister@ucdenver.edu

General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. All courses for this minor must be taken at CU Denver unless approved otherwise by the digital design faculty advisor.
  2. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required for each course applied toward a College of Arts & Media major, minor or certificate requirement. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will not fulfill a major, minor or certificate requirement. A grade of P is acceptable for courses in which the only grade available is Pass or Fail.
  3. Students may use up to six semester hours to fulfill both major and minor requirements; the remaining semester hours for the minor must be taken in addition to major requirements.

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