Film Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Film Studies explores the art of visual storytelling and offers a strong foundation in film production. Through analyses of film history, theory and techniques, you’ll be well-prepared for a variety of creative career paths including visual design, production, journalism and broadcasting.

Program Overview

Master the art of visual storytelling.

In the Film Studies program at Western Colorado University, you can take advantage of state-of-the-art media production facilities, small classes and attentive faculty who are experts in their field. The program balances theoretical, philosophical and critical studies of media and dramatic works with hands-on storytelling experience through student-directed projects.

To start building your portfolio, you can produce original plays in the Western Theater Company or host your own radio show on the student-run KWSB Radio. You can also become a collaborator in Mountaineer Media, a student-run media production group specializing in short films, screenings and storytelling. Each semester, the Film Studies program organizes popular public screenings to display your work and hosts visiting media professionals to expand your career network. Through Western’s vast network of alumni who work in the field, many students are offered competitive internships that turn into careers.

Lights, camera, action

Each semester, the Film Studies program organizes popular public screenings of student work and hosts visiting professionals and artists to give students current industry insights.


Code Title Credits Description
COM 119 Introduction to Film 3 View
COM 231 Technical Production I 4 View
COM 235 Fundamentals of Acting 3 View
COM 241 Media Writing 3 View
COM 261 Introduction To Audio Communication 3 View
COM 264 Introduction to Production and Theory 3 View
COM 274 Public Relations Communication 3 View
COM 306 Scriptwriting 3 View
COM 310 Introduction to Performance Studies 3 View
COM 323 Media/ Arts Management 3 View
COM 324 Advanced Acting 3 View
COM 330 Technical Production II 3 View
COM 346 Multimedia Communication 3 View
COM 352 Advanced Cinema Studies 3 View
COM 362 Advanced Audio Production 3 View
COM 389 Media Production: Narrative 3 View
COM 390 Media Production: Documentary 3 View
COM 423 Directing 3 View
COM 490 Advanced Media Production 3 View


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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

Mountaineer Media visits Telluride for film festival

Mountaineer Media visits Telluride for film festival

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Western professor presents experimental film at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On Location regional conference

Western professor presents experimental film at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On Location regional conference

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Get Involved

Apply your education to the real-world.

Take your education outside of the classroom—build your professional network, gain practical experience and jump-start your career.

  • KWSB Radio: On air since 1968, KWSB is student driven, student staffed and open to anyone who wants to have their own radio show.
  • Mountaineer Media:A student-run media production group specializing in short films, screenings and storytelling abilities.
  • Taylor Media Center: Houses film production studios, audio production studios and more.
  • Top o’ the World Newspaper: Monthly paper composed by students offering opportunities in newswriting, photography, editing, designing and advertising sales.
  • Western Theatre Company: A co-curricular program and student-run producing board that oversee and provide quality live performance to the campus and Gunnison

Behind the camera

In addition to film production and techniques, Film Studies students learn the fundamentals of acting, scriptwriting, directing, and technical production.

Department Chairperson

Jack Lucido, MFA

Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Petito

Administrative Assistant II

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 216
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231