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Film Schools In Colorado

Colorado has 5 accredited film schools where film faculty who teach film classes can find employment. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in film in the state of Colorado, which encompasses film training at the following levels:


  1. University of Colorado Boulder

    Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0017

    94 U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. Colorado College

    14. E Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. The Art Institute of Colorado

    1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203-2983

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Community College of Aurora

    16000 E CentreTech Pky, Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  5. Red Rocks Community College

    13300 W Sixth Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1255

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Colorado Vs. National Film Employment

Colorado 680
National 82,430

Of all of the film professionals in the country, nearly 2% are in the state of Colorado.

Employment Growth for Film professionals In Colorado

480 580 500 670 680
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

The number of film professionals is growing in Colorado. In Colorado, 200 more film professionals were working in 2010, than there were in 2006. This represents a 42% growth in the field. This is faster than the trend for film professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of film professionals has shrunk by 4% between 2006 and 2010.

Film VS. All Professions salaries in Colorado

$25,850 $27,738 $25,373 $30,862 $31,802
$46,058 $47,685 $48,234 $49,831 $51,291
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Film
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

As the number of film professionals is growing, the salaries paid to film professionals are increasing in Colorado. In 2006 film professionals made a mean salary of $25,850 per year, and in 2010 they made $31,802 per year.

Salary percentiles for Film professionals in Colorado

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

This represents a growth in salaries of 19%. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. There is a 170% pay differential between the highest paid film professionals and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of film in Colorado.

Average Salaries for Film professionals and related professions in Colorado

Computer Animation

In Colorado, film professionals earn, on average, less than professionals in related fields.

Educational Trends

Film programs available for each degree type for all schools in Colorado


As the number of film professionals is increasing in Colorado state, the number of students graduating from the 5 accredited film schools in Colorado state is decreasing. In 2006 there were 175 film graduates from film courses in Colorado and in 2010 there were 171 graduates.

Thus there was a 2% percent decrease in the number of film school degree or certificate graduates in Colorado. Most of these graduates, or 40%, earned an undergraduate certificate in film.

Film Faculty Salaries in Colorado

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