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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

How To Apply

***The Fall 2015 MSRA Application deadline is April 1, 2015***

Students must submit a complete application package by the published deadline.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Application Checklist for Domestic Applicants

    • Graduate Admissions Application – Part I
    • Graduate Admissions Application – Part II
    • In-State Tuition Classification Application (if eligible)
    • Official GRE scores
    • Official or certified copies of all college or university transcripts (2 copies)
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • Application Essay
    • Resume
    • Portfolio  (3 examples at the most)

      • All applicants will submit a Portfolio of recordings that represent the best accomplishments in audio production.
      • Documentation describing the applicant’s function on each track (ex: artist/performer, engineer, producer, arranger, etc.)
      • In choosing portfolio pieces, candidates should strive to show their ability to record acoustic sound sources, and after that show any diverse experience they may have as an engineer/producer.
      • An example portfolio might include:
          • #1 – Multi-track song with drums, bass, guitars, vocals, etc. (MP3)
          • #2 – MIDI project done in Ableton, Logic, or other DAW (MP3)
          • ​#3 – Video post production assignment (.MP4 or .MOV)
      • DVD portfolios may be submitted if student’s primary experience is in visual media (Film, TV, etc.).  DVD portfolios must also contain annotated discography.
      • Portfolio submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be evaluated, and the application will not be processed.
      • Students are highly encouraged to include a minimum of two (2) different genres.
    • Submission format would be CD/DVD with an annotated discography (index) to the materials in the portfolio, and a clear and accurate labeling of all materials. 
    • $50 non-refundable application fee
    • International Students – click here for Application Info.