Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 52
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 45
    • Support/Electives: 3
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Media Management
  • A media management concentration introduces students to the business principles that drive the entertainment industry. Media managers make strategic decisions regarding what films get produced and what TV shows get broadcast. By combining classes in mass media and business, students are equipped to serve as producers or development and marketing executives, en route to corporate management.

  • Production
  • A production concentration offers students a thorough grounding in the creation of film, television or audio and new media. Students are encouraged to develop their technical skills, training for positions as director, cinematographer, gaffer, editor, sound designer, recording engineer, new media creation or production designer. Whether pursuing careers in the entertainment industry or media ministry, students discover a spirit of cooperation and collaboration is essential.

  • Writing for Film and Television
  • The concentration in writing for film and television covers the fundamental elements of storytelling — from conception (the pitch and the outline), to execution (the script), to the all-important rewriting and polishing process.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to Biola University's CMA program is highly competitive. We want creative students who are willing to have their faith stretched and their talents expanded. Examine what you offer Biola and the entertainment industry. Carefully consider your passions and gifts. Plan a visit to campus. Schedule a tour of our studio. Clarify your calling to cinema and media arts. Currently less than half of the students who apply are accepted into the program. Apply early. Apply well. Complete application information is available on the Biola University admissions website. The application deadline for the CMA program at Biola is February 1.

This application is subsequent to and separate from your application to Biola University. The CMA program will not process an application until the applicant has been accepted by Biola University. Be sure you apply to Biola before or at the same time you apply to the CMA major of the mass communication department.

Overview of Application Procedure
  1. Submit your application to Biola University.
  2. Review the CMA application process and Submit your CMA application at the same time you submit your application to Biola OR subsequent to your application to Biola. CMA application is due February 1.
  3. Receive notification of admission to Biola University.
  4. Application reviewed by the CMA department.
  5. Receive notification of admission to the CMA major.

At the heart of every young filmmaker is the love of story. In Biola’s cinema and media arts program — a national leader among Christian film schools — you’ll receive the technical training, mentorship and hands-on experience you need to become an exceptional visual storyteller. Working with accomplished professors in an ideal Southern California setting, you’ll be prepared to compete and succeed in film, television and digital media.

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:

  • Students have 24-hour access to our 5,000-square-foot production center, featuring a sound stage, recording room and over a dozen audio and video editing facilities. More than 1,000 items are available for checkout, including cameras, microphones, lighting instruments and supporting pieces.
  • Located less than 30 miles from Los Angeles — the “Entertainment Capital of the World” — students are able to secure internships at Dreamworks, Pixar, CBS, Warner Brothers, Disney and more.
  • Biola’s Studio Task Force is a group of over 200 Christian media professionals who support the CMA program through classroom teaching, mentoring, internships, job contacts and financial gifts.
  • The CMA program hosts the annual Biola Media Conference, and brings film screenings and guest speakers to campus throughout the year — giving students the opportunity to interact with Hollywood directors, producers and other industry professionals.
  • Students are able to get valuable experience through several off-campus semester programs, such as the Los Angeles Film Studies Program, Biola Sundance, the Japan Film Program and the Contemporary Music Center.

What Will I Study?

Throughout the cinema and media arts program, you will have numerous hands-on learning opportunities that focus on equipping you to serve as an observer, interpreter and creator of mass media through a Christian lens. Learning topics and course highlights include:

  • The art of storytelling through creative writing
  • Business practices in the entertainment industry
  • Web design and media streaming
  • New media networking and server systems
  • Budgeting and scheduling for film, TV and audio production
  • Deal negotiations
  • Copyright and licensing clearance issues
  • Internships in media-related organizations
  • Methods for mass communication research
  • Dramatic film production
  • Budgeting, casting and set production

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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:

  • Chief executive of film or TV
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Video editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Camera operator
  • Sound technician
  • News or entertainment writer
  • Advertising researcher

William Devlin
Cinema and media arts, B.A. '16

We're learning to make broadly appealing entertainment that's grounded by our faith in God.”

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