|Arts Building, 177
||College of Arts & Media
|1150 10th Street
||Campus Box 162
||P.O. Box 173364
||Denver, CO 80217-3364
At the College of Arts & Media we believe that the arts are essential for us to express ourselves, know ourselves and understand the world around us. You’ll find a variety of students in our programs. Many are from the Denver area, while others come from around the country and around the world. Some are seeking their first degree, others a career change, many others personal growth and enrichment. Our programs emphasize artistic excellence, whether in visual art or multimedia studies, theatre, film or music. We incorporate real-world knowledge in the classroom and provide that same experience for our students. Convocations with arts professionals, lectures and workshops by visiting artists, internships with start-up entertainment companies and other challenging opportunities let students test the theories while learning about and understanding the dynamics of their chosen profession. We’ve also established cooperative relationships with civic groups, regional arts agencies, museums, galleries, performance venues, public schools and community colleges, professional societies and the business community.
- The College of Arts & Media aims to instill, inspire and model creativity founded upon the accumulated knowledge of human civilization.
- The college serves as an intersection of art, technology and commerce.
- The college seeks to develop the artist committed to social responsibility and the citizen who will advocate for the role of the artist in society.
- The college strives to become a center of cross-cultural exchange and understanding.
- The college works to enrich the quality of life in the larger community, to foster community partnerships and to encourage mentorship.
- The college aims to integrate interdisciplinary modes of learning and creating.
- The college adapts to meet future needs of diverse student constituencies.
Declaring a Major/Minor
All undergraduate degrees offered through the College of Arts & Media are comprised of 120 semester hours. Students must choose a major. Minors are not required.
Some majors require students to select a degree plan (BA or BFA) and an emphasis (see list of programs in At A Glance: College of Arts & Media (Don't use) ). Additional information regarding the differences between a BA and BFA degree are noted here . Information about specific emphases is available on the departmental Web sites (see http://cam.ucdenver.edu).
Students may choose to pursue a double degree, double major, double emphasis or minor which may result in the student needing more than 120 semester hours to graduate. Students should consult a CAM advisor for additional information.
The departments within the college have developed a variety of minors. A minor is not required for graduation. Students interested in completing a minor should contact the individual departments regarding requirements. A minimum of 12 semester hours in residence is required for all minors. Within each departmental section of this chapter, we list the specific requirements for minors.
Students are not required to have a minor to graduate. Students may choose to declare a minor within CAM or through another college/school within the university. Students wishing to declare a minor in CAM should consult with a CAM advisor for details. This may require more than 120 semester hours to complete both a major and minor.
Students may graduate with more than one emphasis within their degree and major by completing all requirements for each emphasis (e.g., BFA in fine arts with emphases in sculpture and photography). This may require more than 120 semester hours to complete the requirements.
Students may graduate with more than one major within CAM by completing all requirements for each major (e.g., a BA with a major in fine arts, art history emphasis AND a second major in theatre, film and television). This may require more than 120 semester hours to complete the requirements.
Students may earn two degrees in the College of Arts & Media (e.g., BFA in art and BA in theatre) or from two different schools or colleges within the university (e.g., BS in music and a BS in physics) simultaneously by fulfilling all requirements for both degrees. Students must complete a minimum of 150 semester hours applied toward the two degrees.
Students who have been awarded a bachelor’s degree may be granted a second bachelor’s degree provided that (a) all general requirements for that degree have been met; (b) the degree plan for the second bachelor’s degree is different from the major for the first; and (c) the college and major department residence requirements are satisfied. A second degree from the college requires a minimum of 30 additional semester hours of credit.
Students are encouraged to review scholarship opportunities provided by CAM and the university. Information about specific scholarships and how to apply is available on the CAM Web site (http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising) and through the university’s Scholarship Resource Office (303-352-3608; www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/Pages/Scholarships.aspx).
Music Recording Core (Arts Building Facilities)
- five recording studios (including one in the King Center able to record from all performance areas) with analog, digital and hybrid technology. Consoles have been used to record the Beatles, U2, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and others.
- Pro Tools in every studio, plus a 22-station computer lab
- three sound reinforcement systems
- mastering studio
- audio forensic station
King Academic and Performing Arts Center
- a 520-seat concert hall large enough to accommodate a full symphony orchestra yet intimate enough for chamber performances
- the 350-seat Courtyard Theatre where seating rotates for three theatre configurations
- a 200-seat recital hall, a classic “shoebox hall” offering a warm, simple music space designed to encourage a direct relationship between performer and audience
- fully accessible, including the catwalks
Visual Arts (Arts Building)
- photography labs with black-and-white, non-silver, digital imaging and color capabilities
- sculpture lab with wood shop and bronze-casting facilities
- slide library with more than 70,000 slides and a growing digital image bank
- drawing and painting studios with 12-15 easels for small class sizes
Digital Production Studios (Eighth Floor, CU-Denver Building)
These new computer labs, recording studios and studio spaces provide state-of-the-art equipment and a place where the lines between artistic fields blend into interdisciplinary thought and practice.
- Digital Animation Center computer labs
- digital imaging labs
- large format, color printing
- surround sound and audio sweetening studios
Requirements for Admission to the College of Arts & Media
A student matriculating in the College of Arts & Media (CAM) must be admitted at three levels: (1) as a student of UC Denver, (2) as a student in CAM and (3) as a student within a CAM major, degree and emphasis. Acceptance to majors, degrees and emphases within the College of Arts & Media is highly selective based upon a variety of factors, which may include:
- careful evaluation of secondary school records, which may include recommendations from guidance counselors, advisors, teachers and others
- scores on standardized tests
- creative review in the form of an audition, portfolio review or other
Formal acceptance into specific degree programs may be contingent on successful academic and creative work, assessed following completion of foundation courses within the major.
- Students may enter the college as an undecided arts and media student or may indicate their intended area of study.
- Students may be accepted on a provisional basis for specific programs, with full acceptance pending satisfactory completion of foundation course work and successful review by departmental faculty.
- The application is based on two parts: academic and creative/artistic.
- Admissions evaluates the academic component.
- In addition, undergraduate programs at CAM may require an incoming artistic/creative assessment such an audition, portfolio review or an entrance interview.
- Artistic/creative review is conducted by the appropriate department or program (see specific programs for details). Both the academic application and the artistic/creative review are evaluated as a whole to determine admission and must be completed before an admissions decision can be made. Creative material should be mailed directly to the specific department or program. No admissions decision will be made until the candidate’s file is complete and the department has forwarded artistic/creative review results to the Office of Admissions.
- Some departments/emphases have sophomore proficiencies prior to students declaring specific emphases. Please read through this chapter of the catalog for additional information.
New freshmen must meet the university entrance requirements as outlined in the Information for Undergraduate Students chapter of this catalog in addition to appropriate artistic reviews/assessments as outlined in this chapter of the catalog.
New transfers must meet the university entrance requirement as outlined in the Information for Undergraduate Students chapter of this catalog in addition to appropriate artistic and academic reviews/assessments as outlined in this chapter of the catalog.
Admission to the MEIS Department
Acceptance into the UC Denver Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) is on a competitive basis with specific entrance evaluation requirements. Admission to the music major is competitive for both freshmen and transfer students. All applicants will be placed in an enrollment pool, and admissions decisions will be based upon several factors which include an indexed composite score of cumulative GPA, Music Aptitude Exam score and an audition (if applicable). Application materials must be received by the deadline—no late applications will be considered.
Prospective students should refer to the MEIS Web site for current requirements, deadlines and procedures: http://cam.ucdenver.edu/meis.
- Please be aware that neither the university nor CAM returns creative materials and will not assume any liability or responsibility for original materials submitted by an applicant that are lost or damaged while in its possession.
- Candidates are urged to complete and file their applications as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified promptly if additional information is required. No admission decision will be made without complete information.
- Courses reach maximum enrollment quickly; students are encouraged to apply early.
Students who want to transfer to the College of Arts & Media from another college or school within the university must formally apply to the College of Arts & Media and pass appropriate reviews/assessments as outlined in this section of the catalog. To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative CU GPA.
Transfer of Major Within the College of Arts & Media
Undergraduate students who wish to transfer from one department to another within the college must currently be in good academic standing, pass appropriate reviews/assessments as outlined in this section of the catalog and notify the CAM advising office by submitting a change of major form.
Additional Program-Specific Admission Requirements
Music Major Entrance and Sophomore Review Requirements
All entering freshmen and transfer students applying for admission to the BS in music must submit additional materials. Students wishing to pursue an audition-based emphasis (i.e., performance, music business or recording arts) must successfully complete a music audition at time of application to the university. Students applying for the music industry studies emphasis must complete an audition deferment form, which allows students to postpone their audition until completing foundation course work in performance and musicianship. Audition information and the audition deferment form are available at http://cam.ucdenver.edu/meis.
The BS in music with an emphasis in recording arts and MIS-music technology permits provisional program acceptance only, pending completion of sophomore-level review, including foundation course work, entrance examination, formal application and acceptance by departmental faculty. Students will not be allowed to take upper-division audio production courses unless they have been formally accepted into the emphasis/focus. Please visit http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising or contact us at CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu for additional information.
Students who wish to pursue the BS in music with an emphasis in performance must pass a sophomore proficiency on their primary instrument prior to being able to declare the emphasis and beginning advanced applied music courses.
Theatre, Film and Television Major Entrance and Sophomore Review Requirements
All entering freshmen and transfer students planning to pursue a BA or BFA in theatre, film and television must review the program orientation and submit the last page (available at: http://cam.ucdenver.edu/tfvp).
Office of Advising and Student Services
Location: Arts Building, 177
Web site: http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising
The college’s Office of Advising and Student Services is the main information center for CAM. The role of advisors is to assist students in tracking their academic progress, discuss remaining requirements and course sequencing and offer appropriate referrals to faculty and other university programs (e.g., Career Center). The office also coordinates student notifications (e.g., Dean’s List, probation/suspension, scholarship opportunities) and college events (e.g., Open House, commencement, orientation) and maintains advising-related materials. Academic advising is a service provided to students, therefore students are ultimately responsible for their academic progress.
Academic advising may be mandated or suggested prior to registration depending on the student’s status. All new freshmen and transfer students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for their first semester of courses. Continuing students are encouraged to meet with an advisor annually and may be required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. Continuing students who have a registration block placed on their account by the advising office will be notified in advance (via e-mail to the university-issued e-mail address, per university policy). Students can check for registration blocks from their advising office as well as other university offices (e.g., financial aid, bursar, admissions, etc.) by clicking on the “Reg Status” tab on the SMART system. Advising related information can be found at http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising.
All new freshmen are required to attend new student orientation where they will:
- take the Accuplacer exam (if required)
- learn about the university
- attend the CAM session about the arts and entertainment industry
Information about new student orientation will be mailed to students and is available at www.cudenver.edu/NSO or by calling 303-352-3520. Students are encouraged to register for the earliest orientation they are able to attend.
Second Semester Freshmen and Undecided Students
Freshmen and undeclared arts and media majors are assigned to the Academic Success and Advising Center. ASAC introduces students to university and college policies and explains core and basic degree requirements. These students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registering each semester. Students are encouraged to bring a sample schedule to their advising appointment. An online planner is available through the Web Schedule Planner (www.ucdenver.edu/registrar).
Academic Success and Advising Center
Location: North Classroom, 1503
Web site: www.cudenver.edu/asac
Transfer is a two-step process.
- The Office of Admissions will evaluate the student’s transfer transcript(s) and determine an initial set of courses to be transferred. Admissions will mail a copy of this transfer evaluation to the student.
- CAM advisors and faculty determine how these courses fit into the student’s degree plan, course by course. Students should contact a CAM advisor to complete this process by calling 303-556-2279. Students may be referred to the faculty for review of courses within the major.
If certain courses are not initially accepted by the Office of Admissions, the student and advisor can discuss the petition process for accepting these courses. If the student’s petition is approved, the advising office will request that the Office of Admissions accept the course(s) in transfer.
Students with a declared major who have completed at least 30 semester hours are assigned to the college’s Office of Advising and Student Services. Please see top of the Academic Advising section for contact information and location.
Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once per year. Students are encouraged to bring a sample schedule to their advising appointment. An online planner is available through the Web Schedule Planner (www.ucdenver.edu/registrar).
Periodically, students may have a block placed on their registration by the Office of Advising and Student Services, which requires students to meet with a CAM advisor prior to registering. The advising office will notify students via e-mail to the university-issued e-mail address, per university policy, if a registration block has been placed by the advising office. As other offices may also place a block on a student’s registration, students are encouraged to check their “Reg Status” on the SMART system and resolve any registration blocks through the appropriate office prior to their registration date/time.
Students approaching their junior and senior years are encouraged to meet with a faculty mentor in their area of study to discuss internships, career/employment opportunities, graduate school, professional organizations and other post graduation information. Faculty contact information is available on the CAM Web site: http://cam.ucdenver.edu. Students also may contact the Office of Advising and Student Services for suggested faculty referrals by interest.
Students are referred to the Registration and Records and the University Policies chapters of this catalog for academic policies that apply to all undergraduate students at the university. The policies that follow apply specifically to the College of Arts & Media.
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 http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising/forms or from the Office of Advising and Student Services.
Following each semester, the college honors students who have earned a place on the CAM Dean’s List. This honor is transcripted following each semester the student earns placement on the Dean’s List.
To earn a place on the list, a student must:
- Be registered for at least 9 CAM semester hours (for fall and spring semesters; 6 CAM semester hours in summer), not including internship, independent study or extended studies
- Achieve a 3.75 GPA in all CU hours taken during the semester
Graduating with Academic Honors
A student can be awarded honors based upon cumulative GPA at the time of graduation. To be eligible for honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 45 semester hours at the University of Colorado (on any CU campus). A cumulative CU GPA of 3.65-3.749 will receive cum laude, 3.75-3.849 receive magna cum laude and 3.85 and above summa cum laude honors designations on degrees.
Academic Probation and Scholastic Suspension
Students in the college are expected to maintain appropriate progress in their degree program, as defined by being in “good academic standing.” Good academic standing requires minimally a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all University of Colorado course work. Grades earned in another college or school within the University of Colorado system are used in determining the student’s scholastic standing and progress toward the degree. Grades earned outside the CU system are not used in calculating the GPA at the University of Colorado.
Academic probation is a warning to students that they are not progressing toward completion of their degree in a satisfactory manner. Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative CU GPA falls below a 2.0 at the end of any academic term. Students are informed in writing of academic probation. Academic probation requires that the student achieve a minimum 2.25 semester GPA each subsequent term until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0. Once a student has raised the cumulative CU GPA to at least a 2.0, he or she will be removed from academic probation and be considered in good academic standing. There is no restriction on the length of time students can remain on probation status; however, students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative CU GPA to meet graduation requirements.
Students on academic probation who do not meet the 2.25 minimum semester GPA in the subsequent semester(s) will be suspended from the college. Students are informed in writing of academic suspension. Students placed on academic suspension are not allowed to register for courses at the university (see the following paragraphs for details). Should a student be placed on suspension while registered for the next semester, he or she will be dropped from courses by the college. A student’s suspension status is permanently indicated on the official University of Colorado transcript.
Students who fail to meet the conditions of academic probation are placed on academic suspension for one calendar year. Students must petition the Academic Policies Committee for readmission and meet and document at least one of the following criteria:
- Attend another regionally accredited college/university and raise their cumulative GPA (CU GPA + GPA from the other institution) to a minimum of 2.0. Students must reapply to the university and petition the Academic Policies Committee for re-acceptance.
- After one year, reapply to the university and petition the Academic Policies Committee demonstrating how they will achieve and maintain good academic standing (including a semester GPA of at least 2.25 and a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0).
Students granted readmission, whose CU GPA is below a 2.0, will be readmitted on probation. These students must meet the condition of academic probation each and every semester until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0.
Students who are reaccepted after first suspension and fail to meet the conditions of academic probation for a second time are placed on second suspension for an indefinite period of time. Students on second suspension may be readmitted to the college only by petition to the CAM Academic Policies Committee. Students will not be considered for readmission unless they have demonstrated significant improvement in academic performance at the college/university level.
The College of Arts & Media has very specific policies concerning eligibility and registration for independent studies. Students should consult the CAM advisor or their faculty advisor for specific eligibility criteria and registration procedures. The amount of credit to be given for an independent study project shall be determined at the time of registration. The college and academic programs have specific policies on the use of independent study credits that may apply to the bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 semester hours of independent study may apply toward the bachelor’s degree and cannot be used to replace a required course. Please see http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising/forms for additional information and appropriate paperwork. Independent study must be added by the add/drop date as noted on the academic calendar.
As internships are an important educational and professional experience, students are encouraged to explore the possibility of an internship. A maximum of 3 hours of internship credit per semester and 9 hours overall is allowed. Internship credit may not be awarded retroactively nor after the student begins internship hours. Students should consult with an academic advisor as to the placement of internship credit within their degree plan.
The college requires that students have the following to qualify for an internship:
- completed 60 semester hours
- attained junior standing in their program
- have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative CU GPA
Certain academic programs may have additional eligibility requirements for an internship. Students seeking an internship should consult with their academic advisor, the Experiential Learning Center and their faculty mentor. Additional information is available at http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising. Internships must be added by the add/drop date as noted on the academic calendar. Occasionally opportunities arise mid-semester; students must petition the associate dean for approval to add an internship after the add/drop deadline.
Incomplete Grade Policies
The College of Arts & Media has very strict guidelines on granting incomplete grades. They include but are not limited to the following:
- reason for incomplete must be a verified, compelling and extraordinary circumstance beyond student’s control which 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 (C/2.0 for major/minor courses and select courses in the core; D-/0.7 for most core and general elective courses)
- 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 original course: NO EXCEPTIONS
- 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 visit http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising for additional information and appropriate paperwork.
Leave of Absence/Returning Students
Students who have not attended the university for more than one calendar year should refer to the “Readmission Requirements for Former Students” within the Information for Undergraduate Students chapter of this catalog. Due to the dynamic nature of the CAM program, students who have not attended in more than five years must meet all of the above criteria and begin their programs based on the current curriculum. For additional information about your specific situation, please consult a CAM advisor.
Curricular Changes and Course Substitutions
Students are required to complete the core and major requirements as outlined when they declared their degree, major and emphasis and were accepted into the program. If the program revises curriculum, students have the option of remaining with their original program. Occasionally, there are times when courses in the original program 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 major must be approved by the designated faculty member in the specific program area, the department chair and possibly by the associate dean. Course substitutions in the core must be approved by the Academic Policies Committee through the petition process (see http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising for additional information).
Students who switch majors (e.g., BS in music to BA in theatre, film and television) are required to complete the curriculum in place when they declare their new degree or major. Students who switch degrees within the same major (e.g., BFA in fine arts to BA in fine arts) will be required to complete the curriculum that is in place when they declare their new degree. Students who switch emphases within a degree and major may use either the curriculum that was in place when they were accepted into the major or the current requirements.
Students expecting to graduate are required to fill out the online intent to graduate form (www.ucdenver.edu/Registrar) by the published deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted, and the student will need to apply for the following semester.
Applications will be accepted from the first day of registration for the semester in which the student plans to graduate through the drop/add deadline (census date) 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 academic calendar (www.ucdenver.edu/Registrar). Students are required to meet with the CAM advisor the semester before they intend to graduate to review graduation procedures and updated degree plan for review by the department and college.
Students who have not attended the university in more than one calendar year must reapply to the university in addition to applying for graduation. Reacceptance to the university must be processed by the application for graduation deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they reapply with enough time for the application process to be finalized by the aforementioned deadline.
Students must complete all core and major requirements in addition to degree and department requirements. This section lists the general requirements for graduation and the core requirements in addition to information about applying to graduate. Please refer to the specific department and emphasis sections for additional requirements.
- minimum of 120 semester hours passed
- fulfillment of major degree requirements
- fulfillment of both intellectual competencies and knowledge areas in the core (general education)
- for BA and BFA degrees: A minimum of 45 semester hours of upper-division course work (3000/4000 course level)
- a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all CU course work
- a minimum of C (2.0) in all course work in the major
- a minimum of 30 semester hours of resident credit
General Degree Requirements
Office of the Dean
Office of Advising and Student Services
Dean: David Dynak
Associate Dean: Joann Brennan
Office: Arts Building, Suite 177
Web site: http://cam.ucdenver.edu/advising
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
I. Academic Advising:
- Academic advising is available throughout the year, and students should meet with an advisor at least once a year.
- All new students MUST meet with an advisor before registering to review degree requirements and place any transfer credits.
- Freshmen and undeclared students are assigned to the Student Success Center in North Classroom, 1503 (303-352-3520).
- Transfer students and declared CAM majors with 30+ semester hours are assigned to the CAM Advising Office (see above).
- Students should try to create a plan before seeing an advisor using the Course Schedule Planner.
- All CAM majors will have an advising STOP placed on their registration periodically throughout their academic career that will be lifted upon meeting with an advisor. Students will be notified, in advance, of the stop via e-mail.
II. Registration Information:
- The Course Search and Schedule Planner is available online through the Registrar’s Web site.
- Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration date and time, and any registration blocks, can be viewed through the SMART system (under “Reg Status”).
III. Graduation Information:
Students must apply to graduate online by the beginning of their last semester. Deadlines will be published in the academic calendar available online through the Registrar’s Web site.
- minimum of 120 semester hours passed
- fulfillment of major degree requirements
- fulfillment of all core (general education) with minimum required grade (see list)
- for BA and BFA degrees: a minimum of 45 semester hours of upper-division course work (3000/4000 course level)
- a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all University of Colorado course work
- a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all course work in the major
- a minimum of 30 semester hours of resident credit
Departments and Programs