B.A. in Cinema and Media Arts
- CinematographyBecoming a sought-after Director of Photography requires artistic vision, technical skill and a relentless passion for storytelling. That’s we offer hands-on, lab-based learning. You’ll collaborate closely with student directors. You’ll build industry-grade cameras from the ground up. You’ll delve into the intricacies of lighting, lenses, framing and motion. You’ll become equipped to lead one of the largest crews on set. And you’ll do it all while creating and capturing stunning shots that drive the story forward.
- DirectingDirectors don’t just imagine possibilities. They turn ideas into realities. To become one, you must integrate high-level vision-casting with incredible attention to detail. You must inspire and delegate. You must lead with clarity and maintain creative control. These skills require hands-on learning — so we make sure you can try your hand at bringing stories that matter to life. More than 80 student films go into production each year. We’re ready for yours.
- EditingEditors stitch together moments, weaving snatches of story into stories that move people. You’ll need to become skilled in the art of the “final rewrite,” making pivotal decisions that serve the directors’ vision and maximize the story’s impact on its viewer. That’s why we match the theoretical with the practical. You’ll master nonlinear editing programs such as Adobe Premiere, Avid and Final Cut while delving into the theory of editing and storytelling — becoming equipped to create moments that matter in every scene.
- Entertainment BusinessIf you want to be involved in some of the biggest decisions within one of the most impactful industries on the planet, entertainment business may just be for you. Whether you’re commissioning scripts, hiring producers and directors, or sealing the deal once the film is complete, you’ll need to be equipped to make informed, high-level decisions. That’s why we partner with the Crowell School of Business. You’ll have all the knowledge and experience you need to become a development, production, marketing or distribution executive — bringing stories that matter to the people that need to hear them the most.
- Entertainment Producing
- Sound DesignSound designers are audio masterminds. From capturing on-set sounds to the final audio mix, you’ll learn how to ensure that every audio element moves the story forward. In our program, you’ll have complete access to the equipment you need to capture foley, practice automatic dialogue replacement (ADR) and mix and master the music — all while collaborating with talented, invested peers who love the world of film.
- Visual Effects & 3D AnimationOften, crucial parts of a story can’t be recreated in real life. Developing expertise in visual effects will equip you to use computer graphics, motion capture and other technologies to render these impossibilities into seeming reality. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to manipulate characters and environments — from minor character alterations to creating tsunamis — in ways that elevate each film’s storytelling.
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What will I study as a cinema and media arts major?
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
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Arts?
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:
- Sound Design
- Music Video & Commercial Directing
12% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for film and video editors is projected to be much faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
Biola CMA allowed me to focus on what I was passionate about, personalized my education, and just allowed me to turn into the young professional woman I am today.
Cinema and Media Arts, B.A. '22
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.
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
Admission into Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts is a separate process from applying to the university. Learn more about the admissions process for the B.A. in Cinema and Media Arts.
Schedule a Visit
Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Dean, Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts
- M.A., Regent University
- B.A., Taylor University
Assistant Dean, Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts
Professor, Cinema and Media Arts
- M.F.A., University of Southern California
- B.A., University of Southern California
Every year, admitted and current Biola students can enter the screenwriting contest for a chance to win $10,000 in scholarships.
Biola Film Camp
The Biola Film Camp is open to high school students to participate and learn about the movie-making experience.
Additional Learning Opportunities
Learn about other learning opportunities for students in the B.A. in Cinema and Media Arts program.
What is a film degree?
A bachelor’s in film is a degree obtained through the study of the field of film creation and management including specific areas such as editing, directing, script writing, animation and marketing.
What can you do with a film major?
Students graduating with a degree in film are well versed in technical and aesthetic aspects of motion-picture photography and can pursue careers and job opportunities in a range of fields including directing, editing, entertainment producing, film writing, production, animation, entertainment business and more.
Is a film degree worth it?
Depending on your goals and the film program you attend, a film degree may be very worthwhile. Biola's Cinema and Media Arts degree is a unique opportunity among film degrees to collaborate in small groups, utilize top equipment, and create irreplaceable connections in the heart of the film and tv industry.