It’s never been a better time to pursue a career in film, television or multimedia, and Colorado is the premier location to jump-start that career. With several film institutions to choose from, Colorado filmmaking students study a variety of specialties and can be assured they will receive a world-class education.
One of Colorado’s superior film institutions is the Colorado Film School at the Community College of Aurora (CFS). Since opening in 1998, CFS has been named as one of the Top 25 Film Schools in the United States several times by The Hollywood Reporter.
But what makes a film school good, or even excellent? According to The Best Colleges, schools that “teach students the skills and knowledge needed to convey their meaning and vision through film,” are most successful. Top schools have sufficient training in multiple areas, encompassing each aspect of the film industry, and allow students to explore their interests and discover their strengths.
Both the Colorado Film School and University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media clearly fit this bill, as each provides a large variety of classes such as screenwriting for different genres, acting, editing aesthetics and animation. In 2014, the two schools entered a partnership with Toyota dealers and Oster Jewelers to have students create their commercials in exchange for $30,000 in scholarships and sponsorship at the bi-annual student shows at Harkins Northfield 18 Theatres. Not only is this an affirmation of their propriety, but it was also an amazing opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in making and participating in film.
“As the premier film school, we really pride ourselves on being engaged professionally with the community,” Frederic Lahey, founder and director of the Colorado Film School.
Choices are not limited for students, as there are many schools, degrees and programs to choose from throughout Colorado such as the:
The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) has been an avid supporter of Colorado film programs all over the state, providing education grants to several institutions, including the Colorado Film School, Colorado Mountain College, Pueblo Community College and Warren Tech.
The purpose of the institutional educational grant is to help fund real production experiences for high school and college students. Grants up to $5,000 are awarded to support experiential learning opportunities, such as the production of an original documentary over the course of a semester that then appears on public television.
A core value of COFTM is to support workforce development and empower emerging filmmakers with educational opportunities. Learn more about the Film Office’s education grant here.