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Transmedia Curriculum

Visual Arts Department

FA 2405 Introduction to Digital Design
A project-based exploration of the design potentials of vector, raster and motion based digital media. Through project critiques, discussion and demonstrations students will create projects that examine technology as an art medium and a design strategy.

FA 2510 Wood and Metal Sculpture
Wood, metal fabrication and introduction of the found object are premise for the exploration of individual visual vocabularies. Investigation and design are applied towards developing conceptual ideas while students advance skills in the metal and wood studios.

FA 3505 Sculptural Rendering
Students apply traditional and mixed media drawing skills to depict the sculptural object in two- dimensional space. Students will learn to construct small-scale three-dimensional models for sculpture proposals. Traditional mixed media, photography and digital reproduction techniques explored.

FA 3414 Motion Design
A workshop devoted to understanding time based imagery that focuses on utilizing video and motion graphics as a creative communication tool. Students will create projects that explore topics using video, animation, time and motion using non-linear digital editing software.

FA 3424 Interactive Media
A workshop exploring how interactive media can be used to convey a message and deliver information. Through critiques of projects, discussion and research, students will learn principles of user interface design, aesthetics and structure and their potential cultural impact.

FA 3438 Text, Image and Electronic Art
A workshop-laboratory devoted to examining advanced concepts concerning the role of image and text within time-based and interactive media in design/artistic practices. Through creative investigations, readings and discussions students consider the new and expanding roles of text and image within the electronic sphere.

FA 3434 3D Motion Studio
A workshop devoted to 3D as a medium for creating works of art. Through demonstrations, discussions, readings and project based explorations students will learn to navigate and create in the 3D digital environment.

FA 3441 Narrative Experience
A workshop-laboratory that focuses on narrative structure and its ability to create, control and manipulate viewer and user- experience. Through creative explorations students will examine issues of narrative, identity, reception and audience, and private/public space and develop approaches to creating user-centered
works of art and design.

FA 3510 Installation Art
Students learn to modify the way a particular space is experienced through material intervention in everyday public or private spaces. Material use ranges from everyday and natural materials to new media such as video, sound, performance, computers and the Internet.

FA 3520 Sculpture: Contemporary Artists and Concepts
Provide the art student with a focuses opportunity to look at contemporary sculpture, installation and performance art and to examine the philosophical issues, processes and methods, motivating practicing artists today.

FA 4500 Kinetic Sculpture
Students explore sound, movement and projection mechanics using existing motors that provide cause and effect scenarios in conjunction with knowledge, materials, and techniques acquired to date in the program.

FA 4434 Virtual Landscapes
In a studio environment students will explore place in relation to contemporary digital art practice. Through readings, lectures and production of projects assigned, students will create work that addresses the natural, urban and virtual environment.

FA 4632 Media History and Aesthetics
This survey class will present the current and historic impact of media technology on the arts and
professional design practice. Through lectures, research and discussion students will become familiar with issues specific to digital media and design.

FA 4510 Advanced Sculpture
Individual decision-making is stressed in developing a strong body of work. Competent technical skills and conceptual ideology are expanded to achieve complete visual experiences.

To Prospective Students (freshmen & transfer): 

While the Visual Arts Department currently accepts applications for the Spring and Summer semesters, students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Fall semester start.  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. 

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINES for Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, and Summer 2010

  • Fall applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1 (Fall registration opens in early April). 
  • Spring applicants are encouraged to apply by October 1 (Spring registration opens in mid-November). 
  • Summer applicants are encouraged to apply by February 1 (Summer registration opens mid-March).

Beginning Fall 2010 , the Visual Arts Department will accept Fall applications only.  The deadline to apply for the Fall 2010 semester will be April 1, 2010; however, students are encouraged to submit applications by February 15, 2010.

For more information and program details contact:

Prof. Rian Kerrane

Prof. Brian Delevie

Prof. Bryan Leister

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Digital Design Curriculum

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, Digital Design 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.  Digital Design students will then select from a list of Digital Design emphasis courses consisting of 39 credits.  

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in the Digital Design BA or 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 Design and TransMedia...

As a Digital Design 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.

  • Motion Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Video Editor
  • Branding
  • Usability Designer
  • Flash code designer
  • Web Design
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Compositor
  • Digital Imaging
  • Digital Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Logo Design
  • Marketing
  • Advertising


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 advisor for further information.