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Master of Arts in Emergent Digital Practices

The EDP M.A. 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 M.A. degree is structured to build upon the body of knowledge each student already possesses from their undergraduate studies and expand and explore the consequence and possibilities that arise from the inclusion of technology into that field.

The M.A. student should be able to articulate and demonstrate advanced perspectives on emergent digital practices within interdisciplinary contexts. The M.A. 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 M.A. student's work should demonstrate accomplished means and mechanisms for critically evaluating the cultural dynamics of emergent digital practices. The final form of the M.A. Thesis is a balance between a digital creation and a written discourse about the ideas, inspiration, evolution, and critical analysis on the topics.

The M.A. degree is designed around a 2-year structure with 2 courses being taken during each of the three regular quarters per year. It is possible for students to be able to have a part time job (up to 20 hours/week) and still be successful in the program.

Potential future opportunities for students graduating from EDP include:

  • Interaction Designer
  • Open Hardware Creator
  • Open Software Designer
  • Multi-touch Display Architect
  • Art Director (technical to creative liaisons)
  • Sound Designer
  • Technology Critic
  • Humane Game Designer/Developer
  • Interactive Exhibition Designer
  • Doctoral Program candidate


M.A. 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 M.A. Thesis/Project credits

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