Student Resources

A check-list to prepare students for the upcoming semester including useful links for new and continuing students.

You’ve completed all your steps in your acceptance email except Film School Orientation. Now follow these steps:
  • Step One: Prepare for Orientation

  • Step Two: Join Orientation

    i. Refer to the Zoom Protocols above. Main Zoom Link for New Student Film School Orientation @ 9AM (TIP: Sign in 5-10 minutes early!)

Please check your CCA Student Email for the Orientation Zoom Link – Main Event @ 9AM

ii. OPTIONAL! Attend the Tech Basics and Q&A at 1PM

Please check your CCA Student Email for the Optional Zoom Link – Tech Basics and Q&A

If you are experiencing any trouble accessing Zoom event please call the CFS Technology, Systems and Space Integration Specialist, Jordan Meyersieck at (303) 340-7331

Scroll down to “Tutorial Videos” to refer to any videos shown during orientation

Here’s the presentation in case you wish to review after the fact or if you have trouble reading the text during the event.

  • Step Three: Check your D2L Email Messages

    Do this PRIOR to first day of class. You will find class instructions from your instructor(s). See Tutorial Video below.
  • Step Four: Read the CFS Resource Guide

    ☑️ Review the CFS Resource Guide.

    Become very familiar with all of the modules included. You will undoubtedly need to refer to this info throughout your academic career at CFS.

  • Step Five: Explore FS Greenlight

    Login and check out all the links and resources:
  • Step Six: Get Organized!

    You’re working remotely – find an electronic way to manage your notes, assignments, projects, and other files. Ideas might include:

    ✏️ Building a folder structure by class on your local computer or on an external hard drive (especially for production and editing classes, this may come in handy if your local computer does not have a lot of space. What’s a lot? 2TB or more)

    ✏️ Invest in a note-keeping application such as Microsoft OneNote or a web-based application such as Evernote or Google Docs (remember to stay organized by class so you can find these files later!)

  • Step Seven: Add Security and CFS Contacts to your Phone

    Refer to the CFS Quick Reference Sheet and/or the CFS Resource Guide Policy & Procedure module
  • Step Eight: Add Dates to Your Calendar

    ✏️ Add holidays and breaks

    ✏️ Once you have access to your classes on D2L, review syllabi and add deadlines for drop/withdrawal, assignments, and exams (TIP!! Set an auto-reminder a day or two ahead of time)

Tutorial Videos:

How To Access D2L

Learn how to access Desire2Learn the Colorado Film School & Community College of Aurora’s central hub for class syllabus and expectations, direct messaging to instructors and classmates, and other helpful resources for specific courses you are registered in. This is also where you can view your grades and standing within your courses.

How To Forward Your CCA Email Address

This video tutorial covers forwarding your CCA Email Address to your personal Email so that you never miss a communication.

How To Access FS Greenlight

This video tutorial covers logging in to FSGreenlight and resetting your password. FSGreenlight is where you will find the CFS Actor Database, Reserve Equipment, and find other resources accessible only to CFS Students.

Tour of CFS Building

Explore the important areas of CFS Facilities as learn protocols you’ll be expected to follow when utilizing the labs.

Building Access Request

For our Fall Semester 2020, the building will be accessible for those who will need access. The doors will remain locked but reservations can be made on a first come, first served basis. Please select the Building Access tab for building hours and more information. Please follow the link below for reserving space in one of our rooms/labs.

How To Submit A Request

Please review the following guide for Fall 2020 Equipment Cage basics and details.

Mandatory Set Safety & Culture Training

At the beginning of each Fall and Spring semesters the Colorado Film School (CFS) holds a mandatory set safety and set culture training for incoming students. This is a chance for new students to learn everything they will need to know about set etiquette, set expectations, set safety, inclusivity, discrimination and harassment policies, on-location shoot procedures, and more. This training is mandatory to complete before students will be permitted to shoot.

Completion of this training is required. If you are unable to complete this training, you will need to withdraw for the semester and reapply for the following semester.
Note: Spring 2021 Set Safety & Culture Training is postponed until the Spring 2021 Semester. New students in the Fall 2020 semester will be required to attend this event in the Spring.

Due to the nature of the networking and training opportunities we are providing for the students, we request that only registered students attend this event; no guests. We hope this will be a fun and informative start to your film career.

  • POSTPONED to January 22, 2021
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Location is TBD (Virtual or In-Person unknown at this time. Please check back in November for updates.)
  • Friday, January 22, 2021
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Location is TBD (Virtual or In-Person unknown at this time. Please check back in November for updates.)
  • Denver, CO 80230

CFS GUIDE – A student resource for department policies & procedures.

A student accessible resource for News, Production Calendars, Project Resources, the CFS Headshot/Actor Database, and more…

Fall 2020 Facilities Access Update:

The building will be closed until the second week of classes. Access will be granted by appointment only beginning August 31.

From August 31 through December 14, the building will remain locked and a CFS Staff member will monitor the doors to admit students by appointment between business hours. To be admitted entry into the school, the student MUST arrive at the time of their appointment and present their CCA Student ID or Government-issued photo ID and wear a personal protective facial covering.

Free WiFi is available from the CFS parking lot at any time, no password.

Fall 2020 Business hours are as follows:
Mondays – 9am-5pm
Tuesdays – 9am-9pm
Wednesdays – 9am-5pm
Thursdays – 9am-5pm

If these posted times don’t work for you please submit your request for consideration to Assistant Director Jim Tharp by email (at least) a few days in advance: James.Tharp@ccaurora.edu
Please Note: A request does not include a guarantee.

The building will be sanitized on Fridays and will remain closed through the weekend.

Reservations, face masks, and photo ID are required to access the CFS building. Strict social distancing protocols are required.

Traditional room reservations are suspended for Fall 2020. All students will only be allowed to reserve workstations for individual use.

All computer stations are spaced 6′ apart minimum and there will be arrows indicating which direction to navigate the building. Certain areas will be closed off.

Rooms 126, Writing Room 129 (unless needed in conjunction with the audio suite 147), Bungalow, Prod I Room 133, Conference Room 142, Fish Bowl Room 151, and Screening Room 111 will NOT be available.

Computer stations will be made available as follows:

Beginning Lab 134 – 4 stations
Intermediate Lab 135 – 6 stations
Advanced Lab 136 – 8 stations
Edit Suite 143 – 1 station
Edit Suite 144 – 1 station
Audio Suite 147 – 5 stations
CFS Studio 121 – 7 stations (NO EDITSHARE)
Open Lab 152 – 1 station
CFS Lobby – 5 stations (NO EDITSHARE)


“Get on Set” Contact Form

Who’s this for?

  • Any student taking one of these classes in Spring 2021 planning to get on set either during Spring or Summer 2021…
  • FVM 220 16mm/HD Production AND seeking to fill skilled crew positions OR
  • FVM 270 Film/Video Production III AND seeking to fill skilled crew positions OR
  • FVM 200 Video Production II AND wish to solicit Cinematographers from 16mm OR
  • FVM 204 Art Direction (you need to pair with either a 16mm or Production III project as art department)

Why share contact info?

  • Not every student uses Facebook. This is the quickest way to share contact info (share only @student.cccs.edu addresses!) between students taking these courses next Spring 2021.
  • FVM 220 and 270 require scripts and above the line crew pairings prior to semester start – this is on you to reach out using this contact form to prepare for Spring.

Changes to Video Production II Class Format (Spring 2021)

FVM 200 Video Production II for the first time is full-semester for Spring 2021. FVM 215 Video Post Production II will still be in the second half of the semester. Students taking these courses, please take not of the start date of your Post II section and set an alert to remind you to attend your virtual classroom at the designated time so you don’t get dropped for no-show.

Have you Gotten Your Flu Shot?

While we’re still in the midst of dealing with COVID-19, getting your flu shot is more important than ever this year. Here are some reasons why:

  • Hospitals could become overwhelmed dealing with double threats of COVID-19 and Influenza
  • Testing needs for two separate infections could cause another testing shortage
  • Both diseases target the lungs. Getting sick with one or the other is bad enough. Getting both at the same time? Even worse.

Check out the articles below for more information on the importance of the flu vaccine this year, as well as FAQ and Guidelines from the CDC on the flu vaccine, and who should and should not get vaccinated.

Do Your Part to Keep Everyone Safe

If you are:

  • Positive for COVID-19
  • Experiencing infectious disease symptoms
  • Being tested for COVID-19
  • Self-quarantining at the direction of a medical professional
  • Knowingly exposed to someone who is displaying symptoms, being tested, or positive for COVID-19

Fill out the report form! Reporting promptly and properly helps keep everyone safe and healthy and ensures that we are able to keep things open and working for you. Please also stay home and do not come to campus or interact with others if any of the above conditions are true. Make sure to take care of yourself and do you part to stop the spread!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

What’s Happening This Spring?

Courses this Spring will be offered in the same format as this Fall: Remote classes with both synchronous and asynchronous components. The Community College of Aurora is making this decision now based on current health and safety information, and the knowledge that there is currently no evidence that the COVID situation will improve significantly by the time Spring semester starts. The hope is that the situation does improve by then, but nevertheless the decision needs to be made now to allow for students to make plans for the Spring and not be dealing with the uncertainty of wondering what their classes will look like as registration opens.

What about productions?

The Colorado Film School is examining options and plans that might allow us to safely do at least some amount of filming in the the Spring, but a firm decision is still very much TBD. We, too, are eager to start productions again, but our first priority must be to keep everyone safe and well. Stay tuned for more information.

Plan ahead!

Check out this calendar provided through FS Greenlight with upcoming events that you can filter by type. Use the arrow at the top right to deselect certain calendars and focus on what you want to see. Click the image below to go to the calendar.

FSGL Calendar

Check Out the LGBTQ Readers Book Club!

LGBTQ Readers is a book club hosted by CCA faculty member Patrick Munnelly that is open to all. Every month, they will examine a new book by an LGBTQ author. The book for the month of October is a fantasy novel set in an alternate universe Denver full of magic and magical creatures. Click the button below to find out more about the club and October’s book of choice, and to sign up to be part of the book club.

CCA Tutoring Services

Need some extra help with your classes? Check out the Tutoring Services page using the above button! Tutoring is available for a variety of subjects, including Math, Writing, ESL, Spanish, and Accounting.

Advising Remote

CFS Advisors Angela Tancik and Stephanie Lee are available for advising appointments for the upcoming semesters. Advisors are requesting that appointments for the time being be held by phone or WebEx. To make an appointment please visit Navigate at your MyCCA Student page and use the comments to indicate that you are requesting a phone or WebEx session.

If your appointment is through WebEx, Angela or Stephanie will email you a link to your appointment.

If you cannot log onto Navigate please call 303-360-4929 or email Advising.CCA@CCAurora.edu.

SNAP Opportunities for Eligible Students

The Community College of Aurora has partnered with the Colorado Department of Human Services to provide support resources and services to SNAP/Food Stamps recipients attending college.

If you are currently receiving SNAP or enrolled in the SNAP Education and Training program, please click on the Enroll Now button below!