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.
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.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|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 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 490||Advanced Media Production||3||View|
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Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
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 Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
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 western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
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.
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