Minor in Technology, Arts & Media

Minor Overview

The Minor in Technology, Arts and Media (MTAM) provides a broad multidisciplinary perspective that integrates technological skills with a critical, theoretical, and historical understanding of technology, media and the arts.

Minor Goals

  • to prepare the next generation of artists, designers, and media producers for the future
  • to give students the necessary technical, theoretical and historical backgrounds so they can contribute to the development of new functionalities and aesthetics for computer media
  • to facilitate the exploration of the intersection of technology and other fields and disciplines
  • to produce active and critically aware producers of creative technology
  • to enable students to think critically and conceptually about creative technology

Minor Admission Requirements

  • Students must have 2.5 cumulative GPA to be admitted to the TAM Minor. Incoming Freshmen without an established GPA are encouraged to declare, but they must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Interested students should be aware that TAM Courses require a significant time commitment .

Minor Requirements

  • A minimum of 21 credit hours including the following courses:
    • ATLS 1100, Design Foundations
    • ATLS 1300, Code (CSCI 1200, CSCI 1300 & INFO 1201 also accepted)
    • ATLS 2000, The Meaning of Information Technology
    • ATLS 2100, Image
    • ATLS 2200, Web
    • ATLS 2300, Text
    • a 3-credit (or more) 3000 level or higher Focus Elective or Critical Perspectives in Technology Elective
  • ATLS 1100 and 1300 are prerequisites for ATLS 2100, 2200, 2300
  • ATLS 2000 is a pre/corequisite for ATLS 2100, 2200, 2300
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or they will be administratively dropped from the program.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all courses counted for the Minor.
  • Coursework used to satisfy the Minor requirements must be taken for a grade and cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken on the Boulder campus.
  • Failing to meet the minimum grade for any individual ATLS core course twice will result in automatic removal from the TAM program.

*Students can petition to have courses accepted as a Critical Perspectives in Technology Elective or a Focus Elective. See TAM Advisor for Course Substitution Request form.


Course Substitutions

Coursework not on the approved elective list (including course work from another University of Colorado campus, another institution, Study Abroad, or Semester at Sea) must be approved by the MTAM Faculty Committee. Students must complete a Course Substitution Petition Request Form and attach supporting documentation (syllabus). Substitution requests will not be considered if the student has already satisfied the requirement with an approved elective course.

See the TAM Advisor for more information

Minor Honors

Students who earn a cumulative MTAM GPA (the 21 hours used toward fulfilling the Minor requirements) of at least 3.5 will graduate with MTAM Honors.

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