Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

The Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts aspires to integrate the critical, historical and theoretical study of cinema, media and the visual arts, with artistic and commercial practices. Our department offers the BA and MA degrees in critical film studies, and BA, BFA, and MFA degrees in film and video arts. All of our students in the critical and production tracks complete a number of critical studies requirements including cinema history, film analysis, film theory, genres, documentary practices, directors, national and regional cinemas, the history of the avant-garde, the golden age of television, etc. These courses are all integrated with art-making students and critical studies majors mixing and matching their different expertise to make for a more engaging, deeper understanding of the subject of our studies.

We sincerely believe that it makes for better artists to know and understand the history, aesthetics and the major shifts in the development of their medium, and that it makes for better critical thinking for the historian or critic to know something about the technical and formal complexities of their object of study. Recent course offerings include “Cinema and Landscape,” “Horror Film,” “History of Russian Cinema,” “Avant-garde Film and the Arts,” “Environmental Cinema,” “Native American and Indigenous Film & Literature,” “The Hollywood Musical,” and “Lives of 007.” Furthermore we offer a vast array of courses in film and video production, screenwriting, producing, acting and directing.

Our distinguished faculty of scholars and working artists come from institutions as distinguished as the Massachusetts College of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, UCLA, UC San Diego, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and the University of Texas-Austin. The Film Studies Program also hosts a wide variety of artistic, academic and extracurricular programs to enhance our students’ experience with a rounded arts-immersion experience. Among these are the International Film Series, the First Person Cinema Program, the Brakhage Center for Media Arts, and our association with the Boulder International Film Festival and the Denver Film Festival.

Graduates of our program have realized career opportunities in organizations such as The Sundance Institute, The Tribeca Film Festival, Indiewire, BoxOffice, the Denver Museum of Art, the Denver Film Society, Fox 31 Denver, NBC Chanel 9 Denver, and The Hollywood Reporter. In educational systems like the Denver School District, the University of Colorado, Western State Mountain College, Adams State College, the University of Chicago, Colorado State University, and others. In network and cable television venues like NBC, National Geographic, HBO, and TLC; in hit shows like The People vs. OJ Simpson, Stan vs. Evil, Glee, American Horror Story, Mad Men, South Park and Weeds. And in many hit movies like Madagascar, Easy A, I Love You Man, X Men, I’m Not There, The Cove, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Boxtrolls, Gone Girl, Pirates of the Caribbean, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle, The Hateful Eight, Whisky Tango Foxtrot, Disney’s new Jungle Book, The Fate of the Furious, Lady Bird, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Venom. Yet others have successfully pursued MA, MFA, JD, MD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, NYU, UCLA, USC, Northwestern, University of Iowa, Indiana University, University of Kansas, University of Miami, University of London and many others.

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Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
Film Studies Program