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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Film and Video Production

Graduate Programs

Media, Film & Journalism Studies: Video Production Emphasis

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Are you interested in exploring the world of film and video production? The Master of Arts in Media, Film & Journalism Studies with a Video Production Emphasis is where you will want to start your journey.

Whether you have undergraduate experience within the realm of film and video production or are a novice to this growing field, our video production emphasis gives you the background, knowledge and skills needed to apply your talent in a multitude of applications.

As you progress in your studies, you will develop expertise in two capstone areas: documentary film production and narrative film production. Courses allow you the opportunity to learn basic and advanced skills in cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, and storytelling. Alongside these necessary skills, you'll incorporate media history, theory, law, and ethical considerations of your creative choices.

The DU Difference

Why get a degree in video production?

Video production has become a primary and necessary tool for today's connected communication environment. Television, cinema, websites, social media, nonprofit and for profit organizations all rely on video to educate, instruct, promote, entertain and affect social change.

  • Small classes: Our student to faculty ratio is 5:1, giving you easy access to the knowledge, expertise and abilities of our nationally recognized faculty.
  • Equipment & Facility Access: Our video production resources are plentiful and afford you the opportunity to select form a variety of production tools, including: cameras, sound equipment, light kits, track and dolly systems and more. Our editing suites are open 24/7 giving your round-the-clock access to post-production facilities. 
Where are our alumni today?
  • Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
  • Futuristic Films
  • Dominican University
  • High Noon Productions
  • Marquette University
  • WPXI - Pittsburgh
  • NBC
  • KMGH – TV Denver
  • ABC Family Network
  • CBS Denver
  • Playaweddings.com
  • Independent documentary filmmaking
  • Community Media Center of Marin, CA
What's unique about DU's program?
  • Engaged, knowledgeable and experienced faculty with diverse presentation records at film festivals, television, and international distribution. 
  • Hands-on, student-centered learning with multiple opportunities to create independent films across multiple genres (documentary, narrative, experimental).
  • A strong emphasis on combining theory, history and practical applications of video production and cinematic arts
  • A commitment to ethical and culturally sensitive creative development, which prepares students for the challenges of diverse global media environments.
  • Outstanding national and international internship programs which place students in a variety of internships related to their individual interests.
  • An established network of contacts with production companies, networks, independent media producers, studios, film festival programmers and organizations.
  • An intimate program with small classes where everyone gets to know your name and works together to create a challenging and supportive learning environment.
Why Study in Denver?
  • A major media market with a variety of traditional and new media outlets 
  • A young and health-conscious city with plenty of options for outdoor recreation
  • A rich local scene for culture and entertainment

Admissions, Financial Aid & Program Requirements

Visit campus or talk to a faculty member

Want more information on the MFJS Video Production Emphasis MA program? We'd love to answer any of your questions. And, if you'd like to visit DU for a tour and meeting with faculty and current students, we can arrange that, too. If you can't make it to campus, we can arrange for a phone consultation as well. Contact:

Kate Burns
303.871.2166
email: kate.burns@du.edu

What do our alumni have to say?

Visit our alumni page to hear straight from some of our graduate alumni about their experiences at DU.