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Emergent Digital Practices 2013-2014

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Emergent Digital Practices

The EDP MA degree at the University of Denver is unique in that it asks the student to balance the technical and the critical, the practical and the aesthetic. The MA degree is structured to build upon the body of knowledge each student already possesses from his/her undergraduate studies and expand and explore the consequence and possibilities that arise from the inclusion of technology into that field.

The MA student should be able to articulate and demonstrate advanced perspectives on emergent digital practices within interdisciplinary contexts. The MA student should also be able to synthesize knowledge of ideas and practices from across the spectrum of historical and contemporary contexts, focusing not just on making the new, but making the needed. And the MA student's work should demonstrate accomplished means and mechanisms for critically evaluating the cultural dynamics of emergent digital practices.

The MA degree is designed around a 2-year structure with 2 courses being taken during each of the three regular quarters per year. It is not unusual for students to be able to have a part-time job (up to 20 hours/week) and still be successful on the program.

Degree Requirements
MA in Emergent Digital Practices (48 credits)

  • 12 Graduate Foundations credits required
  • 24 EDP Electives (at least one EDP Studio and at least one EDP Cultures)
  • 4 Research Methods credits
  • 4–8 MA Project credits

Project Requirement
The final form of the MA project is a balance between a digital creation and a written discourse about the ideas, inspiration, evolution, and critical analysis on the topics.

Masters of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices

Envisioning artworks created with the latest technology fueled by critical content—that's the EDP program.

While also demonstrating an understanding of emergent digital practices within interdisciplinary contexts, the MFA student should be able to articulate a deep understanding of the art historical and contemporary contexts of art making as shaped by technology and the sciences. The MFA student should be prepared for public engagement through knowledge of the significance of established cultural institutions and frameworks such as galleries, museums, festivals, and other public spaces.

The MFA Degree is structured as a 3-year program with students taking on average 3 courses during each of the three normal quarters per year. It is recommended that students pursuing the MFA degree are able to focus full time on their studies without simultaneous employment. The MFA degree is considered a "terminal degree" the same as a PhD, providing the necessary credentials to teach at an institute of higher education.

Degree Requirements
MFA in Emergent Digital Practices (92 credits)

  • 12 Graduate Foundations credits required
  • 24 Art History/Grad Seminar/Grad EDP Cultures (12 hours of ARTH maximum, Contemporary Art History required)
  • 4 Research Methods credits
  • 20 Grad Critique credits
  • 20 4000-level EDP Studio/Make credits
  • 12 MFA Exhibition credits

Exhibition
Additionally the MFA graduate student should be prepared for the development and organization of emerging venues for the exhibition of, and public engagement through, digital art works and new media. The final form of the MFA exhibition is the creation and public showcase of a significant body of work coupled with a written analysis of the past present and future of connected ideas, inspirations and critical theories.