Sep 20, 2020  
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Arts & Media


At A Glance: College of Arts & Media 

Complete Course List for the College of Arts & Media 


Dean: David Dynak

Associate Dean: Joann Brennan

Assistant Dean: Clark Strickland


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 culture industry 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 real-world 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 developing an international presence.

College Goals

  1. The College of Arts & Media instills, inspires and models creativity founded upon the accumulated knowledge of human civilization.
  2. The college operates at the intersection of art, technology and commerce.
  3. The college develops artists committed to social responsibility and citizens who will advocate for the role of the artist in society.
  4. The college is a center of cross-cultural exchange and understanding.
  5. The college enriches the quality of life in the larger community, fosters community partnerships and encourages mentorship.
  6. The college integrates interdisciplinary modes of learning and creating.
  7. The college adapts to meet future needs of diverse student constituencies.

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


The College of Arts & Media (CAM) offers MS, BS, BFA and BA degrees in a wide range of arts disciplines in three departments: Theatre, Film and Video Production (TFVP), Visual Arts (VA) and Music and Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS).  Our vision, mission and values guide our teaching and learning, creative research and scholarly discovery, as well as our engagement with the university, the creative industries and professional fields.

Faculty in CAM design their courses with explicit learning outcomes that define knowledge (what students will know), skills (what students will be able to do) and dispositions (how students will change).  Sequentially-designed courses enable CAM graduates to engage in art-making of consequence, creative innovations, integration of new technologies and building connections to creative industries.  We 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.  Working sessions with arts professionals, lectures and workshops by visiting artists, internships with entertainment companies and other challenging opportunities let students connect their learning to careers in the creative industries.  CAM has 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.


Application Deadlines

Music and Entertainment Industry Studies Department:

Undergraduate: April 1 (fall admittance only)
: (Master of Science in Recording Arts): February 15th (Fall admittance only)

Visual Arts Department, Digital Design Program only:

Fall: April 1
Spring: November 1

Visual Arts Department, Digital Animation Program only:

Spring- application deadline to be announced in early spring

Theatre, Film and Video Production Department, as well as other programs in Visual Arts:

Priority Deadlines
Fall—April 1
Spring—October 1
Summer—March 1



CAM is committed to both traditional and new technology areas and celebrates the dynamic synergy between the two. CAM students can take advantage of superb studios, laboratories, equipment, 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 majors, minors and graduate students when classes are not scheduled. 

Music Facilities

  • Five recording studios with analog, digital and hybrid technology
  • Pro Tools in every studio
  • Computer lab for music composition and recording arts
  • Three sound reinforcement systems
  • Mastering studio
  • Audio forensics station
  • National Center for Media Forensics
  • Teaching and practice studios for solo and ensemble performers

Visual Arts Facilities

  • Photography labs with black-and-white, non-silver, digital imaging and color capabilities, and large-format color and black and white printing
  • Sculpture lab with wood shop and metal shops and a foundry
  • Drawing and painting studios with natural light
  • Digital animation center computer labs and motion capture studio
  • Printmaking and visual arts foundations studios
  • Auraria Visual Resources Center digital collection of contemporary and historical images, music and video
  • Emmanuel Gallery, a tri-institutional arts space for student and faculty exhibitions and special exhibition events
  • Partnership Gallery in the Downtown Denver Courtyard by Marriott for rotating exhibitions of faculty and student work

Theatre and Film Facilities

  • Two “black box” production studios
  • Scene shop and paint frame
  • Costume shop
  • Full cage of video production equipment, including cameras, lighting, sound and grip
  • Computer labs equipped with digital editing facilities
  • Starz Denver FilmCenter, a multi-screen complex on campus with year-round screenings and programs and location of the annual Starz Denver Film Festival

King Academic and Performing Arts Center

  • 520-seat Concert Hall
  • 350-seat Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theatre
  • 200-seat Recital Hall
  • Fully wheelchair accessible production facilities, including catwalks


Scholarship Opportunities

The university and CAM provide access to a variety of scholarships, studio and lab work opportunities and other financial support for students. Students are encouraged to review schoalrship opportunities provided by CAM and the university on the CAM Web site and through the university’s Scholarship/Resource Office (303-352-3608; 


Undergraduate Programs

Theatre, Film and Video Production

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre, Film and Television 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre, Film and Television 

with emphases in:

  • Writing/Directing
  • Film & Theatre Production


Theatre, Film and Television minor 

Music and Entertainment Industry Studies

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music

Performance Emphasis 

Recording Arts emphasis 

Music Business emphasis 

Music Industry Studies emphasis, with focus areas in Music Technology and Music Business 


General Musicianship 

Music Industry Studies 

Visual Arts

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Arts

Art History emphasis 

Drawing emphasis  

Painting emphasis 

Photography emphasis 

Sculpture emphasis  

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fine Arts 

3D Graphics and Animation emphasis

Digital Design emphasis

Drawing emphasis

Painting emphasis

Photography emphasis

Sculpture emphasis

Transmedia emphasis


Art History Minor 

Digital Design Minor 

Studio Photography Minor 

Sculpture Minor 

Studio Arts 


Declaring a Major/Minor

All undergraduate degrees offered through the College of Arts & Media comprise 120 semester hours. Students must choose a major in order to graduate. Minors are optional.

Some majors require students to select a degree plan (BA, BS or BFA) and/or an emphasis (see above links). More about specific majors and emphases are also available on the CAM Web site, under “departments.”   

Students may choose to pursue a double degree, double major, double emphasis or minor. Each of these options may require in the more than 120 semester hours to graduate. Please consult a CAM advisor for additional information. 


Departments in the college have developed a variety of minors.  A minimum of 12 semester hours in residence is required for each. Please click the above links for specific minor requirements. 

Students are not required to have a minor to graduate. Students may choose to declare a minor in CAM or through another college/school in the university. Students wishing to declare a minor in CAM should consult with a CAM advisor for details. More than 120 semester hours may be required to complete both a major and minor.

Double Emphases

Students may graduate with more than one emphasis in their degrees and majors by completing all requirements for each emphasis (e.g., BFA in fine arts with emphases in sculpture and photography). Completing these requirements will likely require more than 120 semester hours. Double emphases apply only to students completing two program requirements, both in the same CAM department.

Double Majors

Students may graduate with more than one major in 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). Completing these requirements will likely require more than 120 semester hours.  Double majors apply to students completing two program areas in two different CAM departments.

Double Degrees

Students may earn two degrees in the College of Arts & Media (e.g., BFA in fine arts and BA in theatre, film and television) or from two different schools or colleges in 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.

Second 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.

General Degree Requirements

The following requirements apply to all undergraduates earning a degree in CAM.  Please refer to the specific department and emphasis pages in this catalog for additional information.

  • 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 (3000/4000 level) course work passed
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all University of Colorado course work
  • A minimum of C/2.0 for each course applied towards the major
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of resident credit 

Requirements for Undergraduate Admission to the College of Arts & Media


A student wishing to matriculate 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 in a CAM major, degree and emphasis. Acceptance to majors, degrees and emphases within CAM 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 professionals
  • Scores on standardized tests
  • Creative review in the form of an audition, portfolio review or other evaluation

Formal acceptance into specific degree programs may be contingent on successful academic and creative work, assessed following completion of foundation courses in the major.


  • Students may enter the college as an undecided CAM student or may indicate an intended area of study.
  • CAM recommends that undeclared students seeking entry into areas that do not identify a review process for entry into the major identify their areas of study quickly, as programs are designed sequentially and many courses are offered fall or spring only. Fall starts in the major are recommended. 
  • 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.
    1. The UC Denver Office of Admissions evaluates the academic component.
    2. In addition, undergraduate programs at CAM may require an incoming artistic/creative assessment such as 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, if required, 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 require sophomore reviews prior to students declaring specific emphases. Please read through this page of the catalog for additional information.

New freshmen and new transfers must meet the university entrance requirements as outlined in the Information for Undergraduate Students  section of the catalog, in addition to appropriate artistic reviews/assessments, outlined in the CAM pages of this 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, including 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.


  • 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.

Admission into the Visual Arts Department Digital Design Emphasis

Admission into the BFA digital design emphasis or the digtial design minor is competitive. Students complete initial required courses and submit a portfolio for faculty review, either as UC Denver students or as transfer students prior to enrolling at the university. This review process occurs April 1 or November 1 (or on the following business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday) during a student’s sophomore year after a student has met the following eligibility criteria:

  • Current University of Colorado Denver students:
    • You are seeking admission to the digital design program
    • You have completed, or are in the process of completing, the following visual arts foundation courses:  ,  ,  ,   and   (  and   should be taken after a student’s freshman year and are offered only in fall semester). A cumulative fine arts GPA of 2.75
  • Transfer students:
    • You are a transfer student (not yet enrolled at UC Denver) seeking admission to the digital design program
    • You have completed, and are transferring, a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours from a previous, accredited institution.
    • You have completed, or are in the process of completing, the equivalents of the following visual arts foundation courses:  ,   ,  ,   and   .
    • You have a cumulative Fine Arts GPA of 2.75

Students who are applying for entrance into the digital design emphasis, or minor, are required to submit a portfolio that consists of (1) a written statement; (2) a designed portfolio on CD-ROM or DVD; and (3) unofficial transcript(s) from all previous post-secondary education institutions with the understanding that digital design is a fall start program. Upon acceptance you will earn access to upper division (3000/4000 level) digital design classes.

Those applying to the minor (and not the major) are not required to complete

 ,   or   (or their college-level equivalents), but they must show equivalent studio work in their application portfolios.

Please see for program and portfolio information, or contact the Digital Design Area Head Brian Delevie at


Admission into the Visual Arts Department 3D Graphics and Animation Emphasis

Admission into the 3D graphics and animation emphasis (“Digital Animation Center” or “DAC”) is competitive. Students must first enroll at UC Denver and complete

  in the fall semester and   in the spring semester. After completing  , applicants submit a visual arts portfolio for faculty review. An application essay and a 2.8 cumulative GPA are also required.

Selection for entrance into the BFA program with an emphasis in 3D animation occurs at the end of year one of the program and is a competitive process (by faculty review).  Requirements include:

  1. Submission by the candidate of a “demo reel” on DVD or CD. The reel must include original works from either   or   (preferably both), as well as representative works created in other visual arts courses completed during year one of the program.
  2. A “breakdown sheet” which describes the work included on the submission reel, and, if collaborative in nature, what aspect of the work shown was created by the applicant.
  3. A one page, single-spaced, written statement regarding your aspirations as a member of the DAC Core Cadre and the Computer Graphics (CG) community as a whole.
  4. Cumulative visual arts GPA of 2.75.

The demo reel may be a DVD or it can be submitted as a movie file (.mov) on DVD or CD (Quicktime, H.264, 720 x 404 minimum fame size, 16:9 aspect ratio). Still work should be a component of the reel and should be on screen for at least 3 seconds but not more than 10 seconds.  Name and contact information must appear at the beginning and end of the reel.

The students’ submission package must be turned in to the DAC faculty member, Howard Cook, no later than the first Friday after the spring semester has ended. You will be notified by e-mail and letter on or before the first Monday of June of the application year. Upon acceptance, you will earn access to upper-division DAC classes.

Please see the CAM Web site for program and portfolio information, or contact faculty member Howard Cook in the Digital Animation Center. 

Admission to the Visual Arts Department Transmedia Emphasis

Students must apply for admission to the transmedia emphasis.  For more information, please contact College of Arts & Media Advising at


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 program (i.e., performance, music business or recording arts) must successfully complete a music audition at the time of application to the university. Students applying for the music industry studies program must complete an audition deferment form, which allows students to postpone their auditions until completing foundation course work in performance and musicianship. Audition information and the audition deferment form are available on the music department Web site

The BS in Music  with an emphasis in recording arts or music industry studies (technology focus) 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 program/focus. Please visit the music department Web site or contact for more information. 

Students who wish to pursue the BS in music with an emphasis in performance must pass a sophomore proficiency recital on their primary instruments prior to being able to continue the program and taking advanced level music courses. 

Theatre, Film and Television BFA

All entering freshmen and transfer students planning to pursue the BFA in theatre, film and television are initially admitted under the BA program. Those desiring to pursue the BFA may then apply in the spring semester for admission the following fall, providing they have completed at least one year of college course work (including 12 semester hours at UC Denver and specific major requirements). Please see the Theatre, Film and Television BFA page  in this catalog for more information. 

Intra-University Transfer

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 on this page of the catalog. To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Colorado 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 on this page of the catalog and notify the CAM Advising Office by submitting a change of major form. 

Undergraduate Academic Advising


Office of Advising and Student Services

Location: Arts Building, Suite 177
Telephone: 303-556-2279
Fax: 303-556-2335
Web site:

The college’s Office of Advising and Student Services is the main information center for CAM. Advisors assist students in tracking their academic progress, discussing remaining requirements and course sequencing, and it offers 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 academic events (e.g., Open House, commencement, orientation) as well as maintaining advising-related materials. Academic advising is a service provided to students; 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 semesters of courses. Continuing students are encouraged to meet with an advisor annually and may be periodically required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. Continuing students who have a registration block placed on their accounts by the advising office will be notified in advance (via e-mail to the university-issued e-mail address, per university policy). Advising-related information can be found at the CAM Web site

New Freshmen

All new freshmen are encouraged to attend new student orientation where they will:

  • Learn about the university
  • Attend the CAM session to discuss academic programs and services and career opportunities in the creative industries

Information about new student orientation will be mailed to students and is available 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

CAM freshmen with declared majors and undeclared arts and media students 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 sample schedules to their advising appointments. 

Academic Success and Advising Center
Location: North Classroom, Suite 2024
Telephone: 303-352-3520
Web site:


New Transfers

New transfers need to follow a two-step process:

  1. The Office of Admissions will evaluate the student’s prior transcript(s) and determine an initial set of courses to be transferred. Admissions will mail a copy of this transfer evaluation to the student.
  2. CAM advisors and faculty determine how these courses fit into the student’s degree plan, course by course. Students should set up an appointment with a CAM advisor to complete this process by calling 303-556-2279. Students may be referred to the faculty for review of courses in 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.

New transfers are required to receive individual academic advising to become eligible to register for courses their first semester.

Continuing Students

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 above for contact information and location. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once per year. We recommend bringing a sample schedule to their advising appointment.

Periodically, students may have a block placed on their registration by the Office of Advising and Student Services, requiring them to meet with a CAM advisor prior to registering. Students will be notified via e-mail to their university-issued e-mail addresses, 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 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.  Students also may contact the Office of Advising and Student Services for suggested faculty referrals by interest. 


CAM Undergraduate Academic Policies

Please see the Registration and Records  and theUniversity Policies  pages of this catalog for academic policies that apply to all undergraduate students at the university. The policies that follow apply specifically to undergraduates in the College of Arts & Media.

Dean’s List 

UC Denver will used a fixed criterion across all colleges for determining eligibility for the Dean’s List. This policy applies to undergraduate students.

For fall and spring semesters, students must successfully complete nine (9) hours in the semester upon which to determine grade point. These courses can be both within and outside of the college. Pooled courses will not be included in the calculation nor will they count toward the 9 hours required for consideration. The GPA set for inclusion in the Dean’s List is 3.75.

In the summer semester, students must complete six (6) hours as a basis for inclusion in the Dean’s List. Course inclusion will be the same as in fall and spring semesters. The GPA for Dean’s List in summer is also 3.75.

Colleges will collect data each semester on the number of students making the Dean’s List and report the number and percentages of total students in the college.

Scholarships tied to Dean’s Lists in individual colleges may have additional requirements. 

The Registrar’s Office will calculate the semester GPAs for all students two weeks prior to the due date for semester grades. Those GPAs will be the basis for detemining the Dean’s List. Incompletes will not be considered in the calcuation of minimum number of hours.  The Dean’s List will nto be recalculated to include completed incompletes. 

Graduating with Academic Honors

Academic honors are awarded at the time of graduation, based upon cumulative University of Colorado undergraduate GPA. To be eligible for honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours at the University of Colorado (on any CU campus). A cumulative CU GPA of 3.65-3.749 earns cum laude, a 3.75-3.849 earns magna cum laude and 3.85 earns the summa cum laude honors designations on a degree. 

Good Academic Standing

Students at the university are expected to maintain progress in their degree program, as defined by being in “good academic standing.” Good academic standing requires a minimal cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all University of Colorado course work.   


Academic Probation and Academic Suspension

Academic Probation

  • 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 (via university-assigned e-mail and postal letter) of their academic probation status.
  • Students on Academic Probation will be required to complete the Academic Success Plan during their first semester on Academic Probation. 
  • Students will be required to schedule an appointment and meet with their academic advisor to discuss the completed Academic Success Plan before they will be allowed to register for the subsequent term.
  • Students on Academic Probation will be required to schedule an appointment and meet with their academic advisor every semester that they are on Academic Probation before they will be allowed to register.
  • Academic Probation requires that students achieve a minimum 2.3 semester GPA each subsequent term until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0 to return to good academic standing. 
  • Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative CU GPA to meet graduation requirements.
  • Students who fail to earn the 2.3 semester GPA during any semester of Academic Probation will be placed on Restricted Academic Probation.
  • Students have five semesters or 30 credits (whichever happens sooner) to raise their cumulative GPA to above a 2.0, or they will be placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Once a student has raised his/her cumulative CU GPA to at least a 2.0, s/he will be removed from Academic Probation and notified via university-assigned e-mail that s/he is in Academic Good Standing.

Restricted Academic Probation

  • Students who fail to earn the 2.3 semester GPA during any semester of Academic Probation will be placed on Restricted Academic Probation. 
  • Students are informed in writing (via university-assigned e-mail and postal letter) of Restricted Academic Probation status.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation will be allowed to enroll for a maximum of 6 credits/2 classes per semester (whichever is more).  A course and its attached lab are considered to be one course in this case.  
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation will be required to schedule an appointment and meet with their academic advisor in order to register for courses. 
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation will not be able to register online; they will need to register for courses using a Schedule Adjustment Form, which must be submitted to the Service Center (North Classroom, Room 1003) for processing.
  • Restricted Academic Probation requires that students achieve a minimum 2.3 semester GPA each subsequent term until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0.  Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative CU GPA to return to good academic standing and to meet graduation requirements.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation who do not meet the 2.3 minimum semester GPA will be placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Students who fail to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or above in five semesters or 30 credit hours on Academic Probation and Restricted Academic Probation will be placed on Academic Suspension. 

Academic Suspension

  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation who do not meet the 2.3 minimum semester GPA will be placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Students are informed in writing via certified/registered letter of their Academic Suspension status.
  • The minimum duration of Academic Suspension is for a period of one year (three semesters, including summer term).  Students placed on Academic Suspension will be unable to take courses from any CU campus during this time.
  • Should a student be placed on Academic Suspension while registered for the next semester, s/he will be administratively dropped from their courses by the university. 
  • A student’s Academic Suspension status is permanently indicated on his/her official University of Colorado transcript.
  • During the one-year Academic Suspension period, students who wish to return to the University should consider one (or both) of the following actions:
    • Attend another regionally accredited college/university. 
      • Students who choose to attend another institution while on Academic Suspension can take as many or as few credits as they choose, but must earn a 2.75 cumulative GPA in all transferable course work.
      • Students should consult their academic advisor to discuss appropriate course work.
    • Use the time off to directly address and resolve the factors that contributed to the academic difficulty.
  • After the one-year suspension period has elapsed, students must petition the appellate committee (of the school or college they wish to enter) for readmission and meet and document at least one of the following criteria:
    • Attendance at another regionally accredited college/university where they earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in transferable credit.
    • Explanation of their previous academic difficulty, demonstration of what has changed, and how this will allow them to now achieve and maintain Good Academic Standing (including a semester GPA of at least 2.3 and a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0). ? Students who choose to petition their college’s appellate committee for readmission must submit their petitions by the following deadlines:
      • For fall admission: June 1
      • For spring admission: December 1
      • For Maymester/summer admission: April 1
  • If a student is granted readmission and his/her CU GPA is below a 2.0, s/he will be readmitted on Restricted Academic Probation. These students must meet the condition of Restricted Academic Probation every semester until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0.

Second Academic Suspension

  • Students who are readmitted after their first Academic Suspension and fail to meet the conditions of Restricted Academic Probation for a second time are placed on a second suspension for an indefinite period of time.
  • Students on a second suspension may be readmitted to the University only by petition to the college’s appellate committee. 
  •  Students will not be considered for readmission unless they have demonstrated significant improvement in academic performance at the college/university level, and/or considerable and positive change in personal circumstances. 


Leaves 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 ” in the Information for Undergraduate Students chapter of this catalog. Due to the dynamic nature of the CAM programs, returning students who have not attended in more than five years must complete their programs based on the current curriculum and policies.  For assistance with your specific situation, please consult a CAM advisor.

Independent Study

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 mentors for specific eligibility criteria and registration procedures. The number of credits to be earned for an independent study project shall be determined at the time of registration. The college and academic programs have specific policies on how independent study credits 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 the CAM Web site for additional information and appropriate paperwork. Independent study should be added by Census Date (add/drop deadline) as noted on the academic calendar.


Internships provide important educational and professional experience.  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 about the placement of internship credit in their degree plans.

The college requires that students have the following to qualify for an internship:

  • 60 semester hours
  • Minimum of a 2.75 cumulative University of Colorado GPA

Specific academic programs may have additional eligibility requirements for an internship.  Students seeking an internship should consult with the CAM Office of Advising and Student Services, the Experiential Learning Center and their faculty mentors. Additional information is available at the CAM Web site. Internships should be added by Census Date (add/drop deadline) as noted on the academic calendar. Occasionally opportunities arise mid-semester; students may be required to petition the advising office and/or the associate dean for approval to add an internship after the add/drop deadline. 


Graduate Programs

The Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) offers a master of science in recording arts (MSRA) with emphases in media forensics and recording arts. For details on program requirements, admissions and policies, please see the MSRA page  in this catalog. 

CAM General Academic Policies

Please see the Registration and Records  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 both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts & Media. 


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 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 (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 end 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 the CAM Web site for additional information. 

Curricular Changes and Course Substitutions

Undergraduate students are required to complete the core and major requirements as outlined when they declared their degrees, majors and emphases and are admitted to the program. Similarly, 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. Occasionally, 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 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 the CAM Web site 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. 

Applying to Graduate

Students expecting to graduate are required to fill out the online intent to graduate form ( > Degree Planning > Planning for Graduation > Intent to Graduate Form) 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 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 academic calendar.  Students are encouraged to meet with the CAM advisor the semester before they intend to graduate to review graduation procedures and degree requirements.

Students who have not attended the university in more than one calendar year 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.




Theatre, Film and Video Production

Go to information for Theatre, Film and Video Production.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Non Degree

Music and Entertainment Industry Studies

Go to information for Music and Entertainment Industry Studies.


Bachelor of Science in Music

Non Degree

Master of Science

Visual Arts

Go to information for Visual Arts.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts

Non Degree