The graduate certificate in emergent technologies and media arts practices (ETMAP) is a 9-credit-hour certificate program that is open to any student pursuing a graduate degree in any department at CU Boulder. In the program, students integrate media practices, theories and innovations in art and technology into their research. Students both experiment with and research the media and artistic practices that they study. The program will be of particular interest to students whose media research is practice-led and students who wish to integrate media arts practices into their research.


Application Guidelines

To be accepted into the program, students must be a graduate student in good standing with the Graduate School, submit a statement of interest to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies and meet with the Associate Chair to discuss to their goals as a student in the program. Acceptance into the program is at the discretion of the Associate Chair.

For more information about this program, view the department website or contact the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies or CMCI Graduate Advising.

Required Courses and Credits

The ETMAP certificate requires the successful completion of 9 credit hours in critical studies and media arts practices, as described below.

The certificate program can usually be completed in one to two years. After the course requirements are met, students must provide a transcript to the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies. The certificate will appear on the student’s record at that time or upon graduation.

Critical Studies3
Choose one:
Historical Overview of Media Arts and Technology
Theories of the Avant-Garde
Special Topics
Media Arts Practices6
Choose two:
Research and Methodologies I
Production Methods I (repeatable)
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours9


Students have access to DCMP equipment, facilities and other resources as long as they are enrolled in a course that fulfills certificate requirements.