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The digital design emphasis integrates aesthetic, creative and critical thought with expertise in electronic media and graphic design. Configured as an interdisciplinary arts and design laboratory, digital design offers a hands-on education combining new art technologies and design research to promote an understanding of the cultural impact and use of digital technology to solve human, social and business problems. Through this interdisciplinary approach combining arts and communication, digital design strives to produce artists and designers who will use technology in innovative ways in both commercial and artistic spheres.
- This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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- Students who are applying for entrance into the digital design emphasis must submit a portfolio, as described below. The digital design emphasis 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 in the fall at CU Denver.
PORTFOLIO APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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 portfolio service SlideRoom.com and must be formatted to the specifications listed on the digital design website. The portfolio will consist of electronic documents only (pdf, jpg and video). 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.
Portfolio of Images
The portfolio must include electronic examples of the student’s creative work, consisting of a Design Project (including a writing sample) and works from FINE 2405 Introduction to Digital Design and FINE 2415 Typography. Additional creative works may also be included up to the maximum specified on the digital design website.
These may be official or unofficial transcripts from CU Denver and previous post-secondary institutions. The CU Denver transcript must show any current semester courses.
THE EVALUATION PROCESS
- A committee of design faculty members reviews the portfolio and grades. For acceptance, the committee looks for an understanding of 2D design, writing and presentation skills.
- If not admitted into the digital design emphasis, a student has the choice of attempting the review process again the following year or applying to another emphasis outside of digital design. Students not admitted into the digital design emphasis are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a digital design faculty member to learn of ways to improve portfolios for future submissions.
For more portfolio information, please contact CAM@ucdenver.edu or digital design area head Travis Vermilye at email@example.com
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.