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College of Arts & Media

Admission Process

College of Arts & Media


Consider visiting the College of Arts & Media to learn more about our programs and facilities! There are many visit options available.

We encourage high school students to attend one of the LYNX National Arts & Media Camps. The LYNX Arts Camps are summer programs for high school students produced by the College of Arts & Media. The camps are designed to be previews of our college programs and are taught on campus by our faculty. The LYNX Camps are a great way for prospective students to learn more about us while having a fun camp experience meeting students throughout the country who love the arts.


All prospective students must complete the University of Colorado Denver application to start the admissions process. APPLY NOW to CU Denver!

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies: In addition to being admitted to CU Denver, applicants to the MEIS audition track programs must complete additional music admission requirements in order to be considered for audition track admission. The deadline to finish these requirements is April 1st. Students who do not meet these admission requirements will have to start in one of our non-audition track programs. We offer audition track programs in Music Performance, Singer/Songwriter, Music Business - Audition Track, and Recording Arts - Audition Track. Complete information about the audition track requirements can be found on our MEIS Admissions web page here. 

Beginning with the Spring 2019 Semester, non-audition track students are not required to complete any additional requirements for admission other than being accepted to CU Denver. We offer non-audition track programs in Music Business and Recording Arts. These programs are designed for students who seek careers working behind-the-scenes in the music industry and want less performance/applied lessons in the curriculum.

Film & Television: For Spring and Summer 2019 applicants, there are no additional admission requirements for admittance into the Film & Television Program other than being admitted to CU Denver. 

Beginning with applicants applying for Fall 2019, there is a supplemental application​ required for the Film & Television Program applicants. Applicants also need to be admitted to CU Denver. An applicant must be admitted to CU Denver and have the supplemental application completed in order to meet one of the deadlines below. The link to the application and deadline information is listed below:

  • Film & Television Supplemental Application​ - Apply here now!
    • Required for all Fall 2019 applicants.
    • ​Early application deadline - January 1st
    • Regular application deadline - May 1st
    • Final application deadline - July 1st

  • Our goal is to notify applicants of their admission decision within a month after application submission.
  • Questions - Contact Dave Walter at or 303-315-7487

Visual Arts: Applicants just need to be admitted to CU Denver to start in our Visual Arts Programs. Applicants do not submit a portfolio when first applying to the Visual Arts Programs at CU Denver. Instead, some of the Visual Arts Programs (3D Digital Animation, Digital Design, and Illustration) require a portfolio submission after completing pre-portfolio college courses at CU Denver (or another college) in order to advance to upper level program courses. For incoming freshman, the portfolio submission generally happens after the first, second, or third semester at CU Denver depending on the program.

Come learn more about our Visual Arts Department! We are hosting a Visual Arts Open House and Portfolio Review Day on Friday, November 3rd. At this event, prospective students will meet current students and faculty, tour around our facilities, and have the opportunities to show their art portfolios to faculty members in individual meetings. Register for this event here​!

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

LEARN MORE: Undergraduate Admissions | Graduate Student  Admissions


Tuition and fees are established by the CU Board of Regents are are subject to change at any time. Contact the Bursar’s Office if you have questions regarding tuition and/or fees. Use the university’s cost of attendance estimator to learn the total cost of your program.

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program enables students from states in the Western U.S. to attend CU Denver at a discounted rate. The WUE program makes CU Denver a wonderful value for students who qualify.

The university offers many options to help students with the cost of attending school, such as financial aid, work-study, grants and scholarships. Please take some time to explore the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office site to learn about options that may be available to you.

LEARN MORE: Bursar’s Office | Financial Aid and Scholarship Office


There are many scholarships available to CU Denver students based on application information. You will be notified if you qualify for one of these scholarships after you are admitted. Make sure to complete the FAFSA and list CU Denver on the FAFSA. In addition to scholarships that may be available to all CU Denver students, the College of Arts & Media offers a number of scholarship opportunities specifically for prospective and current CAM students.

The majority of scholarship applications are facilitated through the Scholarship Resource Office and the CU Denver online student portal.

LEARN MORE: Financial Aid and Scholarships Office


Real-world experience is something we pride ourselves in. At the College of Arts & Media you can expect to be immersed in experiences that either get you out of the classroom and into the field or in opportunities where we bring the industry experts to you. We encourage all of our students to actively seek internships that complement their academic experiences and we’ve established a wonderful partnership with the Experiential Learning Center to support these efforts.

CAM students have interned with Disney Pixar, AMC's "The Walking Dead", 7S Management, Levitt Pavillion, The Denver Art Museum, The Keep Recording Studio, NBC Universal, Wildwood Guitars High Noon Entertainment, and many other top arts employers throughout the country. 

LEARN MORE: List of Internships CAM students have done | Experiential Learning Center


The University of Colorado Denver offers student housing for students who want to live and learn in the Mile High City. Housing at Campus Village gives students a convenient option for living just minutes away from our classrooms and facilities. There are also many private student housing facilities and apartments within walking distance of campus. 

LEARN MORE: Campus Village

READ: CU Denver Today: Campus Village welcomes 700 students


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