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Admission & Scholarships

Undergraduate Admissions

The B.A. and B.F.A. in Emergent Digital Practices is available to any undergraduate student accepted to or currently attending the University of Denver. Current DU students must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 to declare any major. Follow the links to Inquiry Forms to request application materials by mail, or follow the links below for online admissions.

DU Undergraduate Admissions --->

Any current undergraduate student can minor in Emergent Digital Practices, just fill out this form --->

Graduate Admissions

EDP is currently accepting M.A. and M.F.A. applications for the autumn quarter 2015. Priority consideration for admission and financial assistance will be given to those who submit complete applications by January 20, 2015. We will continue to accept applications through  May 31 Applications for admission and financial assistance arriving after January 20 may also be considered as space and funds allow. At this time, the EDP program does not allow students to start the degree program in Winter or Spring quarters.

Students may be admitted on regular, provisional, or special status as described in the general requirements outlined in the University of Denver Graduate Bulletin.

The minimum GPA for incoming EDP MA and MFA students is 2.75 with a strong preference for a GPA over 3.0 on an A = 4.0 scale.  The minimum GPA for incoming EDP MA and MFA students who have previous graduate work is 3.0 on an A = 4.0 scale.

M.A. Admissions

Application Requirements

Fall Application Deadline: January 20 for priority consideration. We will continue to accept applications through  May 31 .
GRE Requirements: General Test
TOEFL Requirements (for students whose native language is not English regardless of citizenship): TOEFL-105/260/620 (IBT/CBT/PBT)

  • Official Sealed Transcripts: 1 Copy (Required from all institutions where more than 2 credits completed) 
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Letters of Recommendation, preferably academic in nature (recommendations will be solicited via email as part of the online application)
  • Personal Statement: 2-4 page essay explaining motivation for application, personal and professional goals, and any information or perspectives that will better inform the faculty of your capability to pursue graduate-level work in the EDP program. Students should specifically address their interest in the EDP program.
  • Include a resume or C.V. 
  • Submission of portfolios, demo reels, or other samples of work is optional
  • University of Denver Online Application

Evaluation of Applicants
Applicants for the EDP MA are evaluated with the following criteria, in order of priority:

  • Clarity in how the pursuit of the MA degree will forward the applicants goals in life and education
  • Understanding of how the EDP MA degree specifically will meet the applicant's goals
  • Transcripts, GRE Scores, and Letters of Recommendation that support the stated goals and associated skill-sets
  • Transcripts, GRE Scores, and Letters of Recommendation that show a preparedness for graduate studies

Required Proficiencies
Required proficiencies for admission include:

  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas and create hypothesis
  • Critical perspectives on technology and/or culture
  • Basic familiarity with computers and the internet
  • For non-native English speakers a TOEFL of 105 or better.  Students with scores close to this may be admitted conditionally and take a quarter of English Language courses at the University of Denver before starting their degree.  These courses will not count towards the degree.

Proficiencies are evaluated via the personal essay, the transcripts, recommendation letters, and standardized tests.

Please contact Graduate Director Laleh Mehran if you have further questions about the M.F.A. admission process for Fall 2015.

DU Graduate Admissions --->

M.F.A. Admissions

Application Requirements

Fall Application Deadline: January 20 for priority consideration. We will continue to accept applications through  May 31 .
GRE Requirements: None
TOEFL Requirements (for students whose native language is not English regardless of citizenship): TOEFL-105/260/620 (IBT/CBT/PBT) 

  • Official Sealed Transcripts: 1 Copy (Required from all institutions where more than 2 credits completed) 
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Letters of Recommendation, preferably academic in nature (recommendations will be solicited via email as part of the online application)
  • Personal Statement: 1-2 page essay explaining motivation for application, personal and professional goals, and any information or perspectives that will better inform the faculty of your capability to pursue graduate-level work in the EDP MFA program. Students should specifically address their interest in the EDP program.
  • Portfolio: 20 images and/ or a maximum total of 15 minutes of time-based media representing at least 10 works of art. MFA applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a URL for the portfolio in website format. The portfolio must be accompanied by a 1-2 page descriptive list of the works. If necessary, send DVDs or CDs to: Emergent Digital Practices, 2000 East Asbury Ave., 216 Sturm Hall, University of Denver, Denver CO 80208 and include a SASE for their return.
  • Include a resume or C.V. 
  • University of Denver Online Application

Evaluation of Applicants
Applicants are evaluated with the following criteria, in order of priority:

  • Portfolio that shows evidence of complex artistic expression via New Media or Emergent Forms
  • Clarity in how the pursuit of the MFA degree will forward the applicant's goals in life and education
  • Understanding of how the EDP MFA degree specifically will meet the applicant's goals
  • Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation that support the stated goals and associated skill-sets.
  • Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation that show a preparedness for graduate studies.

Required Proficiencies
Required proficiencies for admission include:

  • The recommended undergraduate degree is a bachelor of fine arts degree (B.F.A.) in design or studio arts practices with a strong foundation in both traditional and electronic practices. Students with undergraduate degrees other than a B.F.A. may be required to take leveling courses at the undergraduate level as a pre-condition to their admission. Depending on the particular case these could include:
    • Drawing
    • Art History
    • Studio Art Foundations
      (These courses would not count towards the MFA degree).
  • Students with a B.A. in art or design should have at least 24 credit hours of studio courses such as photography, electronic art, ceramics, painting, drawing, print making, sculpture, textiles, etc. as documented in their transcripts.
  • Ability to use the computer as a tool for manipulating media
  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas and create hypothesis
  • Critical perspectives on technology and/or culture
  • For non-native English speakers a TOEFL of 105 or better.  Students with scores close to this may be admitted conditionally and take a quarter of English Language courses at the University of Denver before starting their degree.  These courses will not count towards the degree.

Proficiencies are evaluated via the portfolio, the transcripts, recommendation letters, and the standardized Test.

Please contact Graduate Director  Laleh Mehran  if you have further questions about the M.F.A. admission process for Fall 2015. 

DU Graduate Admissions  --->

Financial Aid

Application Deadline for Department Merit-based Aid: February 20
FAFSA Application Deadline for New Students: February 15
Office of Financial Aid - Undergraduate --->

Office of Financial Aid - Graduate --->

The University of Denver centrally processes all requests for financial aid for entering students. In order to complete your application for loans and departmental assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For complete instructions, follow the link above to DU's Office of Financial Aid. To receive priority consideration, it is important that you complete this process by the February 15 FAFSA application deadline, so plan ahead.

The EDP program provides some scholarship hours based on merit and need. You will be sent an application form for this aid along with your packet. You can also find a copy of the application here>>