University of Colorado Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies

Located on the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver, the University of Colorado Denver provides the full college experience in a unique urban setting. Within the College of Arts and Media, the Department of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies offers an accredited Bachelors of Science in Music degree designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the arts and entertainment industries.


The MEIS Department primarily focuses on commercial music styles. Students are given the option to choose from four distinct areas of study: Performance, Singer/Songwriter, Music Business, and Recording Arts.

Our Recording Arts program is the only one of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region. In fall of 2012, we introduced our newest emphasis, Singer/Songwriter. All of our faculty members are industry professionals who help to richen the learning experience. Students develop their strengths in performance ensembles, private lessons, recitals, senior portfolios, capstone projects, and are given the opportunity to pursue internships within music and entertainment settings.

Several of our facilities are offered to MEIS students. We have five recording studios, a large inventory of microphones and outboard equipment, a 16-station piano lab featuring Apple Macintosh iMac computers , eight performance teaching studios, twelve practice suites, and students have access to the King Academic and Performing Arts Center. This allows them to utilize the 500-seat Concert Hall, 250-seat Recital Hall, 350-seat Rawls Hall, Production Studio (black Box) with a full-size scene shop, and recording facility.

Students seeking a career in commercial music, are right at home with MEIS. Denver’s music scene is booming, and the campus is just blocks away from some of the city’s most famous concert venues. We also offer a Master of Science in Recording Arts. Please visit our website for more information.

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