The Hollywood Reporter, a magazine that bills itself as “the definitive interpretive voice of the entertainment industry,” has named The Colorado Film School at the Community College of Aurora one of the Top 25 Film Schools in the world.
The Colorado Film School is on the list alongside prestigious institutions such as the American Film Institute, University of Southern California, UCLA, Syracuse University, Columbia University, Stanford, and the Beijing Film Academy.
“Given that the list is international in scope and includes universities offering primarily academic programs as well as production programs like ours, we are pleased to be included,” said Frederic Lahey, founder and executive director of the School. He added that to further enhance the school’s coursework, as well as the student experience, writing and script analysis classes will feature an increased emphasis on structure, character development, conflict, and personal experience.
Lahey noted that most of the schools on the list cost more to attend for one year than it costs to earn a four-year bachelor of fine arts degree from the Colorado Film School’s collaborative Community College of Aurora and Regis University tracks.
In compiling the list, The Hollywood Reporter consulted industry insiders, executives, filmmakers, and film school graduates. The magazine asked participants to rate each program based on the categories of alumni, cost, facilities, industry access, and strength of faculty. According to its web site, The Hollywood Reporter “is read by the most powerful people in the entertainment industry and the most influential consumers who follow it.” Affiliated with Billboard, Back Stage, and AdWeek magazines, the publication is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Colorado Film School has also been highlighted recently in International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) Magazine as one of the “superlative” film programs in the nation. In an article titled “Film School Confidential: Seven of the nation’s best-kept secrets revealed,” the School is recognized for its “world-class” facilities and equipment. The article acknowledges that “the Colorado Film School may be just as they claim: the finest film school in the western states region.”
“Excellence in professional film education doesn’t have to be expensive or exclusive,” Lahey added. “It just has to be focused and smart.”
Colorado Film School programs award bachelor of fine arts, associate of general studies, and associate of applied science degrees with an emphasis on one of the following: writing and directing, writing and producing, post-production, cinematography, or acting for the screen. The School’s certificate programs in these same areas provide advanced training to professionals already working in the film and video industries. CFS graduates have gone on to careers in film production, interactive media, television commercial work, advertising, and other fields. Many students opt to take advantage of the School’s partnership with Regis University, in which they can seamlessly transfer to the four-year institution for a bachelor of fine arts degree.