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Producing quality video involves more than lights, camera and action. Simply knowing how to operate equipment doesn’t make you a professional; the required mix of artistry and technical expertise may take years to master. Since finding a personal style that will get you noticed takes practice, there’s no better place than MSU Denver to get the hands-on experience you’ll need in video production.

Working with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest digital software, the only limitation will be your creativity. Our expert faculty will show you how to be successful in the medium and how to market your skill set to land your dream job in the industry.

Our video majors practice all facets of the trade in a series of courses, producing finished videos while building a professional portfolio to showcase their new skills to potential employers after graduation. From video production and editing, to audio production, scriptwriting, even motion graphics and production management, we aim to mold the well-rounded video professional, ready for any project or position that comes their way in the competitive production industry.


Program Options


Our video-production program surveys many areas of the media-production industry. If you prefer a different career in media, our other options include a:

  • B.S. in Technical Writing and Editing
  • B.A. in Media Production and Leadership
  • Digital Media Minor

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


Every major television news outlet has a station in downtown Denver. And while the number of production companies in the state is limited, opportunities in video production are growing in Colorado. Our graduates have completed internships or are working at businesses such as:

  • KDVR/KWGN TV
  • High Noon Entertainment
  • Denver Post TV
  • Colorado Preservation Inc.
  • Open Media Foundation
  • Altitude Sports and Entertainment
  • History Colorado
  • Denver Public Schools TV
  • Module Overload Studio
  • Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network
  • Mainstream Films LLC

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


Four-panel image of potential careers in video production.Film and video camera operators and editors earn a median salary of $59,040. With a degree in video production, you could qualify for a position at these employers and more:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Media-production companies
  • Government
  • Technology businesses
  • Corporate research laboratories
  • Marketing and public-relations firms that use social media
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Television stations
  • Web-design companies
  • Film sets

Faculty


Broadcast Journalism professor, Jeff HammondJeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond spent much of his professional life in broadcast television at KMGH-TV, Denver’s ABC affiliate. He is also an experienced educational and interactive-multimedia trainer. He has served as a social-media consultant for the Metropolitan Denver YMCA and has been a featured audiovisual-software trainer and presenter for Apple’s MacWorld, the DVD Association and the Colorado Film and Video Association. In addition, he has authored numerous commercial DVD titles for a variety of professional clients, including Garmin, Time-Warner Cable, the Colorado Film Foundation, Rocky Mountain PBS, Jeppesen and the U.S. Forest Service. Also, Jeff is an avid road and track cyclist and is a USA Cycling licensed official.

 

Portrait of Stacy BartonStacy Barton

Holding a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an MFA from Syracuse University in film production, Stacy has worked in documentary, experimental and fiction, and screened in film festivals and on TV at home and abroad. After producing the Emmy Award winning teen magazine show Gumbo TV, she helped run the non-profit Chicago Filmmakers co-op as Director of Education & Screening Programmer before settling into higher education teaching in Colorado, now proudly at MSU Denver. Her scriptwriting and production work generally explores the independent female going her own way.


Sample Classes


A video camera set up for an interview.

You’ll cover every aspect of video production while attending MSU Denver. Our curriculum will turn you into a multiskilled producer, editor, writer or graphics specialist when you take some of these courses: 

  • Basic Video Editing
  • Audio Production
  • Scriptwriting for Video
  • Motion Graphics for Video
  • Video Production Management
  • Video Production Design

Facilities and Resources


The Department of Journalism and Media Production offers its students the opportunity to get their hands on the best audio and visual equipment available and to learn the latest software that broadcast professionals are using today. The Auraria Campus is located in the heart of downtown Denver, near every major broadcast station in the city where you might land internships and permanent employment.


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