The Study of Film and the Visual Arts
Founded in 1972, the Film Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder is known for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching with a special emphasis on the study of film and the visual arts. Film Studies explores narrative, documentary, avant-garde cinema and fine arts animation. Film Studies offers degrees in filmmaking (BFA) as well as a critical studies (BA); the BFA is focused on the art of independent filmmaking, and the BA emphasizes the critical study of film as an art form. Film Studies offers an interdisciplinary MFA degree with the Department of Art and Art History. Film Studies hopes to begin a critical studies MA track within the next few years. The Film Studies Program also offers a BAMA track with Art & Art History for a select group of students already in our BA track. International film is an important component of our critical studies and we offer a wide range of courses in this area.
The program has a distinguished faculty with national as well as international reputations. The late Stan Brakhage taught here for over twenty years and his legacy remains central to the vision of Film Studies.
The program has a large collection of 16mm film prints for classroom use as well as a wide array of cameras, film and digital video editing equipment, and optical printers which are available to students from the Kage (the Film Studies equipment rental desk). Film Studies also supports two major regional film exhibition venues: The International Film Series and First Person Cinema. These programs provide the campus with an eclectic range of guest filmmakers and exhibition programs. Please also look at the visiting artist program offered by the Art & Art History department.
Film Studies is housed in the new $34 million Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society Institute (ATLAS) building. Our teaching facilities include a state of the art 35mm and 16mm film and HD screening theatre, HD computer labs as well as digital and analogue optical printing and transfer capabilities, and a well-equipped cinema check-out facility.
The program is a member of The University Film and Video Association.
Muybridge Horse (Chris Pearce, 2008)