Students attend the Sundance Film Festival In Park City, Utah. As a Sundance Institute Associate, CMA students obtain access to screenings, filmmakers and industry workshops. As a Windrider Partner students engage with over 100 Christian filmmakers from around the world on faith, film and culture. Sundance attendee, Sydney Patapoff, Directors Guild of America Member, Class of 2009 has this to say about Sundance:
Sundance was an enriching experience that opened my eyes not just to great, independent films, but to the business of filmmaking as a whole. We were surrounded by Hollywood studio execs, up and coming independent stars, and film lovers alike getting an inside glimpse into how independent films get made, sold, and distributed.”
The Biola Film Festival is an annual celebration of the best films created by CMA and other students. This campus-wide event recognizes and awards achievements in acting, directing, screenwriting, production design, editing, and more. Industry professionals, students, and proud family fill the venue in one of the most celebrated student events of the year.
CMA students and faculty meet monthly for a unique time of worship, fellowship and exploration of the abilities and call God has granted to us and others. A wide range of special guests and experiences makes this “family time” an essential part of our growth as an artistic community.
Designed to spark candid conversations, the Biola Media Event Series is built around students interacting with headliner talent at smaller-scale events. The vision of the Biola Media Event Series is for attendees to walk away from each event not only feeling encouraged and inspired, but armed with a tangible game plan to push their artistry, career, and faith forward. For more information, visit biolamedia.com.
Biola’s proximity to Hollywood and the entertainment industry affords CMA majors prime internship opportunities. In addition, our Studio Task Force has extensive contacts in all facets of mass media, from massive movie studios to smaller production companies. Our students are mentored towards internships that suit their interests and career plans. An internship is required of all majors.
The 558 Alumni Network is a professional association for alumni of Biola University in the entertainment & creative industries. Our members work in film, television, music, theater, photography, video games, design, advertising, brand management, interactive, new media and other related fields. Seniors are invited to participate in 558 activities to help guide their transition from college to career.
Through Studio Task Force, hundreds of media professionals mentor students and advise CMA to support and empower the department. These committed Christians work throughout the entertainment industry, allowing Biola students to draw upon their expertise and connections.
Studio Task Force’s mission is to invest ourselves into the future of our industry: the next generation of filmmakers who will go on to shape culture and impact the world through media. We believe our collective professional associations will benefit this mission, our careers and the kingdom of God.
Los Angeles Film Studies Program: Students live, intern, and take film classes in the heart of Hollywood.
Contemporary Music Center: A semester in Nashville crafting the ins and outs of music recording and publishing.
Biola London: Students enroll in a full semester of film classes at Roehampton University in London.
And many more.
Torrey Honors Institute is a great books, general education option for CMA majors. Cinema and Media Arts students take courses that cultivate hearts that relentlessly pursue the Good, the True, and the Beautiful who is Jesus Christ. Students are exposed to the great stories, philosophies, culture & art of western civilization. Combining these two programs creates one of the enriching and challenging academic experiences at Biola. For more information visit: http://academics.biola.edu/torrey/
The Cinema and Media Arts departments offers student clubs based on interests, passions, and pursuits. Each club allows students to interact outside of the classroom setting to discuss films, evaluate each other's work, and collaborate on each other projects. Examples include: The Creative Lab (Pitching and Story Development), The Sophias (Women in Film), Guerilla Film Society (Collaborative Film Making), The Essentials (Critique and Discussion), and Shredders (Writing).
The Cinema and Media Arts department offers a motion picture production course in which students produce short or feature-length films in conjunction with writers, producers, and others in countries all over the world. Previous classes have shot in Japan, Germany, and Indonesia.