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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Transmedia Emphasis

Visual Arts Department

"As a Transmedia student​ you will explore the integration of digital practice with immersion in the physicality of mixed media to create new forms of artistic expression."

(Image and video above: "Light Wall" by Brian Ward. Dancer activating Ward's work is Jeffrey Trayer. Ward graduated with his second BFA emphasis spring 2013. He earned a BFA in Digital Animation and in Sculpture. Trayer is a spring 2013 Transmedia graduate​.)


Today many creative artists are moving beyond a single medium and using technology to explore 2, 3 and 4 dimensional spaces. Transmedia emphasis offered by the Department of Visual Arts that combines elements of both the Digital Design program and Sculpture. As a Transmedia student​ you will use a combination of “low” and “high” media to create new forms of artistic expression.

The interdisciplinary approach offered by combining electronic arts, design and sculpture will prepare students for a variety of graduate school programs as well as careers in experience/exhibition design, alternative modes of interaction with computers, kinetic sculpture and experimental game development to name a few.

Courses in Transmedia...

  • wood and metal sculpture
  • sculptural rendering
  • interactive media
  • introduction to digital design
  • 3D motion design
  • text, image and electronic art
  • virtual landscapes
  • motion design
  • narrative and experience
  • installation & site specific sculpture
  • advanced sculpture/transmedia
  • kinetic sculpture

To learn more about the Transmedia program at CU Denver and to see student work, please visit our portfolio website:​​

To Prospective Students (freshmen & transfer): 

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Fall semester start (the Visual Arts Department accepts Fall applications only).  This is due to the fact that the majority of the first-semester courses are offered in Fall semesters only.  The Visual Arts majors are highly sequenced and pre-requisites are strictly enforced.  Students who begin in the Spring and Summer semesters may find that their required courses are not offered until the Fall semester. 

For more information and program details contact:

Prof. Rian Kerrane

Prof. Brian Delevie

Prof. Bryan Leister

Transmedia Track Curriculum​

Digital Design Curriculum

PDF flyer describing Digital Design is available for download and printing

Education for Future Professionals…BFA...

The BFA in Fine Arts is the professional degree in art. With a BFA, students can choose to further their education by earning the terminal degree in Arts-the Master of Fine Arts degree. In addition to the 12 required classes for a BFA in Fine Art, Transmedia emphasis students will take a standard range of core academic and foundational art classes such as drawing foundations, 2 and 3-dimensional design, color theory, art seminar, art history survey.  Transmedia students will then select from a list of Transmedia emphasis courses consisting of 39 credits.  

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in the Transmedia BFA program, please contact a College of Arts & Media advisor.

Educating and Encouraging...

The Visual Arts faculty is comprised of artists and historians who understand the importance art applications both in and outside of the classroom. ​For this reason, your instructors strive to be the bridge between you and the professional world. 

The faculty’s active participation in their field ensures that students receive both a traditional and a cutting-edge education.  To learn more about the Visual Arts faculty, please select their name and you will be directed to their personal web pages, or visit the faculty home page.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts Degree...

Students pursuing careers in Digital Design receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts (BFA) from the Department of Visual Arts in the College of Arts & Media, a degree awarded by the University of Colorado Denver.

For more information on admission proceedures for this degree program please contact a CAM advisor at

Careers in TransMedia...

As a Transmedia graduate from the Visual Arts program, the career opportunities available to you are as limitless as your motivation and imagination.  Here are just a few of the options available to this program’s graduates.

  • Sculptor
  • Production Manager
  • Arts Administration
  • Architecture
  • Exhibition Design
  • Research & Strategy
  • Digital Art
  • Exhibition Design
  • Set/Industrial Design
  • Design Education
  • Broadcast Media
  • Fabricator


Students who wish to transfer to the College of Arts & Media from another college or school at the University of Colorado Denver must formally apply to the College of Arts & Media.  Students will be considered for admission on either their overall GPA in applicable coursework from CU and all previous institutions, or on their last 15 credit hours.  Applicants with less than a 2.0 GPA in related courses (from CU or other institutions) and an overall CU GPA of less than 2.0 will be denied admission even though they may meet other requirements for consideration.

More questions? Contact a CAM advisorfor further information. ​​​​​​