University of Colorado Film Studies
 University of Colorado, Boulder

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.

Photo Credit:
Muybridge Horse (Chris Pearce, 2008)

Upcoming Events

Brakhage Symposium
The annual Brakhage Symposium honors the late Stan Brakhage by bringing together film/video artists, scholars, critics, archivists and others in the field to discuss and screen  independent experimental moving image art during the day long event.

Film Series

The IFS played a crucial role in building up an audience in Boulder for the works by such directors as Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, John Cassavetes, and many more. The IFS remains committed to eclectic cinema that is locally programmed.
First Person Cinema
The First Person Cinema program, started in the 1950's, is the longest running experimental film show case of its kind in the world. Each semester we bring in visiting film and video artists to present their work to the campus community and the public.
Stan Brakhage Film Series
Celebrating Stan -- a screening of Brakhage's films -- is held every semester on the first Sunday of each month in ATLAS 100 at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Film Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Film Studies Program, ATLAS room 323, Film Studies, , Campus Box 316, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0316. ph 303.492.7574 fx 303.492.1362