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Introducing the Planned Home of the Snyder School of Cinema & Media Arts

Biola University will break ground in 2024 on a world-class studio facility for the Snyder School of Cinema & Media Arts. Scheduled to open in 2026, the three-floor, 45,463-square-foot building will rival some of the best educational facilities in the nation for media training — serving the needs of students as they prepare for careers in the film, television and game industries.

Strategically placed between Biola's School of Science, Technology and Health and the Crowell School of Business, together these three schools reflect a trifecta of influence into the worlds of science, business and the media.

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Building Features

  • 3,000-square-foot soundstage
  • 285-seat theatre
  • Color grading suites
  • Audio mixing suites
  • Scoring and Foley recording stage
  • New technology / motion capture stage
  • Movie prop and memorabilia displays
  • Collaborative editing spaces
  • Private editing suites (8)
  • Game design lab
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Faculty and staff offices
  • Conference rooms
  • Writers' rooms
  • Scenic storage
  • Costume and make-up rooms
  • Green room
  • Production office
  • Projection and audio control room
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Construction Update — March 2024

A Campus Within a Campus

In addition to the new studio facility, the existing 10,000-square-foot Production Center and adjacent Equipment Room will continue to provide industry-grade equipment, classrooms and production spaces for students. Together, these facilities will serve as a “campus within a campus” for Biola’s thriving community of storytellers.

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About the Snyder School of Cinema & Media Arts

Biola University is the only member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) recognized as housing one of the top film schools in the world. As reflected in Hollywood publications Variety, The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter, the Snyder School of Cinema & Media Arts is one of the world's best. The industry calls out Biola's unique sense of community that champions "collaboration rather than competition" — and its record of equipping students to be effective storytellers and leaders across film, television, game development and interactive media.

Contribute to the Construction

As we equip our students to bring their voices into the most powerful form of communication on the planet — the media — you can help us do this. Our new studio facility is funded only through the generosity of incredible donors like you. 

For more information about how to support our students through this building project, please contact the Office of Advancement at (562) 903-6000 or make your tax-deductible gift online. Together we can equip them so that they can, in turn, teach by their words, through their stories, and especially by example. For they are the next generation of storytellers, media executives and cultural influencers. Help us get them ready.

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