The Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts (CINE) 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 academic degrees BA, and BA/MA 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, and other history and theory classes. These courses are all integrated with filmmaking and critical studies majors sharing 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. Recent course offerings include “Contemporary Asian Cinemas” “American Horror Film,” “Environmental Cinema,” “The Hollywood Musical,” and “Contemporary American Film” Naturally, we offer a vast array of courses in film and video production, screenwriting, producing, acting and directing, and animation all with digital and analog options. We own exclusive state-of-the-art and perennial systems including the latest editing software (including Adobe Premiere, AVID Media Composer, and DaVinci Resolve), a greenscreen, Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm cameras, a dark room, and a RED Digital Cinema Camera.

Our distinguished faculty of scholars and working artists come from institutions as distinguished as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, University of California San Diego, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and the University of Texas-Austin. Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts also hosts a wide variety of artistic, academic, and extracurricular programs to enhance our students’ experience with a rounded cinema-immersion experience. Among these are the International Film Series, the First-Person Cinema Program, the Brakhage Center for Media Arts, plus programs and/or access to the Boulder, the Denver, and Telluride Film Festivals.

Alumni of our diverse programs of study have realized career opportunities in organizations such as the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Festival, IndiewireBox Office Media, the Denver Museum of Art, the Denver Film Society, Fox 31 Denver, NBC Chanel 9 Denver, and The Hollywood Reporter. They’ve contributed to educational systems like the Denver School District, the University of Colorado, Virginia Commonwealth University, Western State Mountain College, Adams State College, the University of Chicago, Colorado State University, and others. They have earned screen credit in many network, cable television, and media venues like NBC-Universal, National Geographic, HBO, AMC, TLC, Hulu, and Nintendo; in hit shows like The People vs. OJ Simpson, Stan vs. EvilGleeAmerican Horror StoryMad MenSouth Park, Weeds and Blind Spot. And in many hit commercial and art-house movies like MadagascarEasy AI Love You ManX MenI’m Not There, The Cove, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the PinesThe HobbitGuardians of the GalaxyThe BoxtrollsGone GirlPirates of the CaribbeanLife of PiSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark ThirtyAmerican HustleThe Hateful EightWhisky Tango Foxtrot, The Jungle Book, The Fate of the Furious, Lady Bird, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Venom, Battle of the Sexes, a Wrinkle in Time, LA LA Land, The Predator, Mid 90s, and On the Basis of Sex. 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 & Chair

Department of Cinema Studies

& Moving Image Arts