Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

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

    4 years
  • Accreditation


How to Apply

Admission into cinema and media arts is a separate process from applying to the university.

Learn more about the cinema and media arts application process

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 10,256-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

Where Biola Students Intern

Some of the many film, TV and production companies that employ Biola Cinema and Media Arts student interns:

  • ABC Network
  • American Society of Cinematographers
  • American Zoetrope (Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Bang Zoom Editing
  • CAA Talent Agency
  • Disney Studios
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Film Roman
  • Fox Network
  • Fox Sports
  • Gear Monkey
  • Guy Walks Into a Bar (Elf)
  • KABC 7, KNBC 4
  • Larger Than Life Productions, Gary Ross
  • Laura Ziskin Productions
  • Leslie Iwerks Productions
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Montecito Films
  • Motive Marketing
  • Mpower Pictures
  • National Geographic Channel
  • New Line Cinema
  • New Line Marketing
  • New Regency Films
  • Panavision
  • Pixar
  • Ridley Scott Films
  • Sensory Overload
  • STAR 98.7, KKLA
  • Tall Trees Productions
  • The Firm: (Music/Talent Management)
  • Warner Brothers
  • Washington Times
  • Zide/Perry Entertainment

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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