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B.A. in Cinema and Media Arts

School of Cinema and Media Arts

Our proximity to Los Angeles — a global entertainment hub just a short drive from Biola’s campus — and our robust industry connections are a few reasons why our students choose our programs.

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Overview

At the heart of every young filmmaker is the love of story. In Biola’s cinema and media arts program — ranked by Variety as one of the 50 best film programs in the world — you’ll receive the instruction, mentorship, technical training and hands-on experience you need to become an exceptional visual storyteller.

Why Choose Cinema and Media Arts at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s cinema and media arts program offers several key advantages:

  • Film Capital of the World: For anyone interested in film, Southern California is the place to be. Biola puts you in close proximity to Hollywood, home to some of the world’s leading studios, networks and major production companies, where you’ll benefit from top-tier internship and mentorship opportunities.
  • Hands-On Experience: Storytellers learn by doing. Through Biola’s Studio Facilities, off-campus programs, film events and internship opportunities, you’ll have access to on-set experiences and $3 million of gear from the day you arrive until the day you graduate.
  • Christ-Centered Education: Story is powerful, and storytellers need more than just technical training to tell life-changing stories. Here at Biola, we develop both craft and character with Christ as our guide and the center of our education.
  • Expert Faculty: The faculty at the School of Cinema and Media Arts have decades of industry experience and degrees from some of the most prestigious film schools in the world. They’ll mentor you throughout your college years, lending their expert advice and Christ-centered guidance.
  • Alumni Success: In addition to attending grad school, starting their own companies and working on independent projects, Biola graduates have gone on to work for Lucasfilm, Universal Pictures, Marvel Entertainment and more, working on such projects as Doctor Strange, New Girl, Deadpool and Avengers.
  • Collaborative Community: Film is one of the most competitive industries in the world, but it is also a collaborative art. Biola is home to a vibrant community of faculty and students, united by a common faith and constantly challenging each other to refine and grow and tell better stories, together.
  • A commitment to developing the whole filmmaker — craft and character.
  • A stellar reputation. Biola’s cinema and media arts program is recognized by industry publication Variety as one of “The Best Film Schools for 2019” for its “high marks in both showbiz and academic circles.”
  • An intentional student art community. The essence of film production is collaboration, not competition. We are friends who work together, and this sense of community permeates your experience both as a student and alumni.
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment, including 6K cameras, full-range lens kits, lighting instruments, microphones and support gear, close to $3 million worth of gear in all. No need to wait years before touching equipment and making films. Our students have access to cameras and equipment to start creating right away!
  • 24-hour access to our 10,000-square-foot Studio Facilities, featuring a sound stage, recording room and over a dozen video and audio editing facilities — which you can explore through our virtual tour.
  • A location less than 20 miles from Los Angeles — the “entertainment capital of the world” — students have the ability to secure internships at Hollywood studios, television networks and entertainment companies.
  • Valuable student experiences through several off-campus programs such as Biola Sundance, Biola London, Los Angeles Film Studies Center, International Film Program and the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Over 200 industry professionals who support Biola’s cinema and media arts program through classroom teaching, mentoring, internships, job contacts and financial gifts.
  • In Focus Forums, screenings and seminars. Located both on campus and at studio lots such as CBS Studios, these give students opportunities to interact with Hollywood directors, producers and other industry professionals.
  • Biola offers the Torrey Honors program, which can enhance your film studies. This unique honors program immerses you in discussion-based courses that will help you to become a great visual storyteller through engagement with influential and classic stories of the past.

 

What Will I Study?

Throughout the cinema and media arts program, you will have numerous learning opportunities that focus on equipping you to serve as an observer, interpreter and creator of mass media through a Christian worldview. There are four areas of study to select from: game design and interactive media, production, writing for the screen and entertainment producing. Learning topics and course highlights include:

  • Visual storytelling
  • Writing for television and film
  • Integration of faith and filmmaking
  • Exploring truth and beauty through art
  • Cinematography and lighting
  • Casting and set design
  • Documentary production
  • Business practices in the entertainment industry
  • New and emerging media
  • Marketing and distribution

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  • 4 years

    STANDARD DURATION

    This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.

  • 127

    TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

    Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.

  • WSCUC

    ACCREDITATION

    Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

Career Paths

Many career opportunities in film, television, research or business await future graduates of Biola’s cinema and media arts program. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Screenwriter
  • Editor
  • Sound Design
  • Music Video & Commercial Directing
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The results are in!

Meet the winners and finalists from the CMA Screenwriting Contest.

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A Top-Ranked Film School

In April 2018, Variety included Biola in its list of “The Best Film Schools in 2018,” which recognized 40 film programs around the world that “score high marks in both showbiz and academic circles.

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Picture your future

Check out a montage of the latest films from our cinema and media arts students, and get a sense of the training you’ll receive in the program.

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A "Dream Home" for Film Students

Biola’s Studio Facilities houses sound stages, an equipment room, a control room, a screening room, edit bays and more.

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Alumni Success

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Alumni’s Testimonials

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  • “The CMA Department created a safe environment where I was able to connect with equally aspiring filmmakers and figure out exactly what I wanted to do. CMA put a camera in my hands and let me experiment and learn through my mistakes and successes.”

    Nathan Mielke
    Cinema and Media Arts, B.A. '10
  • “I think I got a better education at Biola than many of the Ivy League students I went to grad school with at USC. They weren’t taught to think critically; they were only taught to be open-minded. I, on the other hand, learned to be open-minded by critically considering the value of different ideas.”

    Scott Derrickson
    '89, '90
  • “One thing I’m really grateful for [about Biola] is the fact that I got a solid foundation in what I believe. Honestly, that foundation is probably the thing keeping me afloat while doing all this.”

    Zach King, Filmmaker
    Social Media Creator ‘12
  • “Biola, for me, was a place to grow my passion for film alongside my faith. The film school connected me to a community of filmmakers that have stayed with me years after graduation.”

    Dani Light
    '13 Senior Producer, MPC
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