Minor in Technology, Arts & Media

The new and improved Minor in TAM

Not only did we launch a Bachelor of Science in Technology, Arts & Media in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, but we are also making some big improvements to the TAM Minor and Certificate. We anticipate some questions regarding how the new Minor maps onto the old one, so click here for some answers.

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 2000, The Meaning of Information Technology
    • ATLS 2100, Image
    • ATLS 2200, Web
    • ATLS 2300, Text
    • ATLS 3000, Code
    • a 3-credit (or more) Upper Division Focus Elective* List of approved Focus Electives
    • a 3-credit (or more) Upper Division Critical Perspectives in Technology Elective* List of approved CPT Electives
    *does not have to be an ATLS course
  • Most courses may be taken concurrently, although some courses may have recommended and/or required pre-requisites
  • 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.

Policies

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.

Sound interesting?

Click here to setup a time to speak with a TAM Advisor.

You can also watch this video and fill out the online version of the TAM Declaration form.