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Media, Film, & Journalism Studies

Empowering you to create a purposeful life

We are committed to exploring the ways in which media and communications connect us with the world and how these relationships help shape the societies in which we live.

As a student within Media, Film & Journalism Studies, you'll develop critical thinking skills. You'll apply your broad-based understanding of communication in ways that better your own life and in the broader community in which you live. You'll cultivate a curiosity for personal creativity and sharpen your analytical and artistic literacy. 

Our faculty equip you with the tools, background and knowledge to succeed professionally and personally. We empower you to create a purposeful life that exceeds your expectations. 

InShort: Student Film Showcase

InShort 2016 Poster

Every year, DU's undergraduate and graduate Film Studies & Production students convene, working with faculty and each other to create original films on a topic of their choice.

Join us on Thursday, June 2, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. for our presentation of these student-made short narrative films.

More information about the movies and the Showcase can be found here on our website: Student Showcase: InShort





DU Project F.I.L.M.

Shooting Happy F-ing Valentines Day onsiteMade up of DU alumni and current students, Project F.I.L.M (Film Initiative Linking to Mentors) was created in 2015 by MFJS associate professor Sheila Schroeder to bring together students and mentors in the film production field.

This spring the collective premiered their first short film, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day, at the Longmont Front Range Film Festival.Not only was the film nominated for Best Short Screenplay, but it took home top honors with a Best Film of the Fest Award as well as the Audience Favorite Award.

The film, which was produced, edited, and shot by alumni and students and co-written by Sheila Schroeder, has also received Official Finalist Status from the Houston Comedy Film Festival, the Las Vegas Screenplay Competition, and the American Movie Awards Screenplay Competition, and will be screened at the Lyons Film Festival and the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival. 

One Day for DU Logo

Project DU F.I.L.M. is thrilled to announce that they have been selected to be part of the University of Denver's One Day for DU campaign on May 18. As a collaborative mentoring project that brings together faculty, alumni and students to create a short film, your help in furthering the goals of the project is so appreciated. Check out more about One Day for DU here:

Anvil of Freedom award presented to Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

Lourdes Garcia-NavarroThe Edward W. & Charlotte A. Estlow Center's Anvil of Freedom Award for outstanding journalism and democracy was presented at DU's 2016 Internationalization Summit in honor of 2016 Morton Margolin Distinguished Lecturer Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, South America correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR)

Garcia-Navarro presented "Parallel Lives: Stories from an Interconnected World" as the keynote speech at the annual Internationalization Summit on April 15, 2016. This year's theme was "Uncommon Intersections: Cultivating Multiple Perspectives at Home and Abroad."

Garcia-Navarro was recognized for her multimedia piece, "Look at This: Rain Forest Was Here," which includes photo and audio coverage of how deforestation in the Amazon rain forest may be linked to Sao Paulo's drought and to worldwide climate change. In this piece, she draws comparisons between Brazil's current rapid deforestation and the 19th century deforestation of the western U.S., which similarly fueled the economic development of a nation.

 A videorecording of the presentation is now available. Watch "Parallel Lives: Stories from an Interconnected World" here

Photos of the event have also been posted to the MFJS flickr site. View photos

New Graduate Program

We are pleased to share with you the news about exciting changes to our graduate programs. These changes will take effect in fall 2016. Read more.

Read our MFJS Newsletter

Each quarter, we publish a newsletter with updates about upcoming events, student and faculty highlights and features stories. Read our winter newsletter

Visit DU

One of the best ways to determine if DU is the right fit for you is to schedule a campus visit. Meeting students, visiting with faculty and getting an in-person feel for the campus are important indicators during your college search. The Office of Undergraduate Admission offers daily visit programs which include an information session, campus tour and meeting with our enrollment specialist in MFJS. If you are a prospective undergraduate student and are interested in a daily visit, please schedule your appointment online.

Prospective graduate students and those who have applied to a MFJS or IIC master's program are encouraged to schedule a campus visit. Contact our director of graduate studies, Adrienne Russell, at  Adrienne.Russell@du.eduor email and we will develop a customized visit for you.