#1 Christian Film School
Biola University is the only member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) recognized as one of the top film schools by Variety and The Wrap.
Ranked by Variety as one of 21 "top film schools" in North America.
Ranked by The Wrap as a top 50 film school.
"Biola is making itself an educational force to be reckoned with." (MovieMaker Magazine, Summer 2018)
Ranked by Filmmaker as a top film school.
Developing Craft and Character
The next generation of storytellers needs to be profoundly creative, skilled in their craft, honest and empathetic in communication and highly entrepreneurial. Here at Biola’s School of Cinema and Media Arts — ranked by Variety as one of the 30 best film schools in North America — you’ll have the opportunity to create stories that are a cut above. You’ll learn both the technical and creative skills necessary to enter the world of media, and gain a solid foundation that will help you navigate life in the entertainment industry.
Located near Los Angeles, CA, the film entertainment capital of the world, Biola’s School of Cinema and Media Arts has abundant opportunities for students, including an on-campus production center with over $4 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment.
Meet Our Dean
As a longtime television executive, Tom Halleen was a key team member in the launch of the groundbreaking shows Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Today, he’s our founding dean — drawing on 30 years of industry experience to help our students succeed.
Explore the Cinema and Media Arts Program
Biola's cinema and media arts program offers access to state-of-the-art equipment, an intentional student art community, a strong curriculum and biblical integration.
“State-of-the-art facilities, exceptional staff and program, and a divine mission. What more could you ask for?”
“As a member of Biola's School of Cinema and Media Arts Expansion Team, I have been very impressed with how thorough and forward-thinking the faculty is. They are consulting working alumni and multiple industry professionals to come up with program offerings that will position graduates for success in the world of media.”
“At Lin Pictures, we have had a terrific summer internship program with Biola. We have been able to launch the careers of talented people and equip them with the necessary experience to enter the industry full time.”
News & Events
Tour our facilities
See yourself here and explore our state-of-the-art facilities, sound stages and edit labs/suites. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our faculty experts or our dean!
The Faculty Cut
Get equipped to dive into the industry and understand what it takes to become an entertainment professional. Here on the Faculty Cut, our faculty experts share knowledge and experience on all sorts of topics, ranging from jobs and salaries to how films actually get made.
30 to Watch (Literally)
Where do Cinema and Media Arts students land after graduation? Meet 30 of our accomplished alumni from the past 10 years, working all across the industry.
More Than a Film School
Read Biola Magazine’s Q-and-A with Dean Tom Halleen about his “four screen” vision to prepare storytellers and leaders who create media for film, television, computers and devices.
Annual Screenwriting Contest
Explore how to participate in the Sixth Annual Cinema and Media Arts Screenwriting Contest, and have a chance to win $10,000 in scholarship.
A filmmaker only becomes truly proficient through much practice. That’s why we make sure you have access to industry-standard equipment, editing bays and studios as soon as you arrive on campus.
Perez Hall, Building 53