University of Colorado Denver

The College of Arts & Media

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As one of the only music departments in the country with a contemporary focus, Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) at CU Denver provides the guidance, knowledge, and expertise needed to transform your passion for music into a lifelong profession.

Our alumni have won Emmy Awards for sound recording and have toured the world with their bands. Whether you’re interested in building the business or creating the sound, MEIS offers four programs that prepare students for careers in the arts and entertainment industries through an intense focus on commercial music business and styles.


Music Business

Music Business prepares students for the nuanced contemporary music industry with the study of finance, law, publishing, concert promotion, music production, and management.

Music Performance

A cutting-edge, industry-based education of contemporary music styles, Music Performance graduates students with an entrepreneurial spirit ready for local and national careers.

Recording Arts

Recording Arts is a hands-on study of audio engineering in contemporary music and the entertainment industry.  Career-conscious courses provide experiences to succeed in an ever-changing, growing industry.


The Singer/Songwriter program is a study of musicianship and contemporary performance focusing on songwriting, arranging, and publishing.