Jan 28, 2020  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts & Media

College of Arts & Media (CAM)

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Dean: Laurence D. Kaptain, DMA and FRSA
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs: Joann Brennan, MFA
Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration: Erin Hutchinson, MPA
Assistant Dean, Outreach and Engagement: Tanida Ruampant, MS


Dean’s Office / Advising and Student Services
Arts Building, Suite 177
1150 10th Street
303.556.2279 (option 1)
Fax: 303.556.2335

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

About the College of Arts & Media (CAM)


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 marking 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.

Programs of Study

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies  

CAM also offers a wide range of undergraduate degree options. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog or contact CAM@ucdenver.edu for more information.


Recording Arts 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, including 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, including SSL AWS 924, Yamaha DM2000, AVID S6 and Mackie 32x8 Bus, as well as an Avid Artist Control surface
  • Workstations, including 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

National Center for Media Forensics Facilities

  • Computer lab featuring multimedia analysis and processing software such as Cognitech, Ocean Systems, DAC, Agnitio, iZotope Rx Advanced, Adobe Creative Cloud and MATLAB
  • Security DVR and Camera Lab
  • Digital Evidence Lab featuring EnCase, Cellebrite and CEDAR Cambridge 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

CAM General Academic Policies

Please see the Academic Policies  and the Information for Graduate Students  pages of this catalog for academic policies that apply to all students at the university. The policies that follow apply specifically to all graduate students in the College of Arts & Media. Contact CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu with any questions about these or other college/university policies.

Students must also follow the policies outlined in the Graduate School Rules. Visit the Academic Policies  page in this catalog and click on the link 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 CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu for petition guidelines.

Grade Appeals

When a student enrolled in a CAM course has questions or concerns regarding academic issues such as project grades, final grades, attendance policies, etc., the student must first 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.
  • The department chair speaks with the faculty member.
  • The department chair facilitates a meeting between the student and faculty member.
  • If the student still has concerns, the student should submit a petition to the CAM Academic Policies, Procedures and Curriculum Committee.


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 an 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, unless an earlier deadline is specified by the instructor or associate dean.
  • 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 CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu 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 CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu for additional information.

Applying to Graduate

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

Applications will be accepted starting the first day of the student’s registration for the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on census date (the drop/add deadline) of the semester in which the student is applying to graduate, as noted on the published academic calendar. Students are encouraged to meet with a faculty 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 (three consecutive semesters, including summer term) or longer 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, Procedures and Curriculum Committee

The CAM Academic Policies, Procedures and Curriculum 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 CAM Advising and Student Services. Procedures and petition guidelines are available at the CAM website or by emailing CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu.

Departments and Programs