Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television
As the Film & Television (FiTV) outstanding graduate, Grace Wagner displayed a creativity and diligence that served her well in CU Denver’s cohort-style film program. “I have left with so many contacts and friends that I know I can rely on in the future, and I think something like that is the most beneficial thing to have as a filmmaker,” says Grace. One of the main things the FiTV classes impressed upon Grace is that communication and passion are the most important things that make a good film and that gaining a reputation for caring—caring about the project you’re working on and people you’re working with—goes a long way in filmmaking. As far as the future is concerned, Grace hopes to get her foot in the film world doing anything involving production, design, or editing. “Grace Wagner is creative, diligent, and dedicated to the craft of filmmaking. We are honored to have been her teachers. The CU Denver universe will be proud to have her as an alumni,” says Prof. David Liban, FiTV chair.
Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts
Faith Giles gained a reputation for being a determined, disciplined, and dedicated student during her time in MEIS. “Faith consistently dove into our study of electronic music history,” writes Senior Instructor Todd Reid, “even when exploring the more esoteric, avant-garde directions this music took in its early years. She researched and presented a wonderful overview of electronic music in the 2020s and even composed a very interesting and involved electronic music composition.” Faith plans to work in sound for gaming or film/television sound after graduation. According to her professors, Faith’s drive to excel will surely lead her to a bright and promising future in the music industry.
Master of Science, Recording Arts
Throughout his time in the MSRA program, David demonstrated a strong commitment to growth, development, and excellence in his Brain-Music research, scholarship, and artistic pursuits. During his studies, he has received a national Bluecoats
Fellowship as well as published a peer-reviewed composition and a peer-reviewed performance at the Albireo New Music Collective and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. He has been actively involved in research labs including Dr.
Cecilia Wu's Embodied Sonic Meditation Lab at CU Denver and Dr. Grace Leslie's Brain Music Lab at CU Boulder, demonstrating his academic diligence and collaborative nature. Additionally, David has exhibited excellent leadership qualities and passion to
teach throughout his time in the MSRA program. He has given many talks and demonstrations about his EEG brain music research in classes for undergraduates, demonstrating his commitment to support and mentor other students.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Graphics & Animation
Jaylen Dunbar is graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in computer animation and a minor in leadership studies. In addition to excelling at his studies in the Digital Animation Center (DAC), Jaylen was also a part of the University Honors and Leadership Program, which led him to engage in volunteer work at the Denver Rescue Mission and the Colorado Historical Society. While a student at CU Denver, Jaylen worked in the Office of the Chancellor where he produced and edited video content to promote the University’s strategic planning efforts. Senior Instructor and Program Director of the DAC, Jeremy Brown, describes Jaylen’s leadership skills this way: “Jaylen leads by doing. He never asks anything of his teammates without also doing the work himself. Jaylen leads with empathy. He listens to his teammates and finds solutions through consensus. Jaylen leads through perseverance. He and his team have faced numerous challenges and setbacks but Jaylen always comes back to the table ready to try a new approach.” Jaylen’s professors look forward to seeing what he will achieve after graduation.