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Video Cinema Arts is one of seven departments parented by Denver School of the Arts – a comprehensive secondary arts magnet school (grades 6-12) in Denver Public Schools. In addition to a rigorous academic program, VCA students engage in learning about production organization and storytelling, film theory and application, production value and set etiquette, as well as the ins and outs of professional video editing software among many other film related techniques. VCA is committed to fostering a lifelong love of the arts through professional film education for the youth.


David Higgins

Co-Department Head and Teacher

Mr. David Higgins will be joining the VCA Department as lead production teacher and VCA Co-Director. He has worked on a wide variety of jobs both on set and off. After graduating UCD with a BFA in Film Production, David jumped into freelance production work, including indie features, commercials, documentaries and shorts. Ready to work for himself, Mr. Higgins wrote, directed and produced The Aviation Cocktail; a narrative feature which won several awards. He recently has split his time working as a freelance director, producer and cameraman, as well as teaching Production at Colorado Film School.

Amy McGrath

Co-Department Head and Teacher

Amy McGrath has taught at Denver School of the Arts since 1998, and was thrilled to join the Video Cinema Arts department in 2010. A graduate of Colorado College, she found a similar community based on a mutual passion for learning and a love of the arts upon arriving at DSA. Obsessed with the art of filmmaking since the age of 15, teaching all things cinema is a dream come true for Amy, who specializes in screenwriting, film studies, critical analysis and film preproduction. When she’s not teaching, watching, or talking about film, Amy travels, cooks, spends time with family, sees lots of live music, and writes concert reviews for the Denver Post.

Torrance Maurer

Instructor and Technology Manager

Mr. Torrance Maurer is joining the VCA Department as production teacher and equipment and technology manager. He graduated from UCLA with a MFA in Film Production. He was a lecturer and the Technical Director of Media at Western State Colorado while also working on freelance narrative and documentary projects. His work includes the award-winning feature documentary SMART, which is distributed by Cinema Libre Studios. Since being on the Front Range, Torrance helped launch the award-winning media production company Hanford Creative.