Learn About Our Programs
At Biola, we’re committed to empowering a generation of biblically grounded storytellers and innovators to impact our culture and bring authentic stories to life. Through individualized attention from professors, access to top-of-the-line equipment and contact with leading industry professionals, you’ll be equipped to make your way in the worlds of film, gaming and beyond.
Biola regularly hosts speakers and guest lecturers from all facets of film and media production. These established and well-known industry professionals bring years of experience and bleeding-edge insight into the current state of entertainment.
Good internships are key to success in the world of entertainment. You’ll get on-the-job experience, professional connections and exposure to real-world scenarios. You will be required to have at least one internship during your time at the School of Cinema and Media Arts, and we encourage you to have more.
The Biola Difference
When you’re looking at a career in film, there are a lot of things to consider. In addition to a biblically grounded worldview and a competitive tuition rate, a few things make our program a cut above.
Strong CommunityFor many, the biggest draw of film school isn’t the classes. It’s the community. For the same reason we maintain industry connections and push for good internships, we cultivate a thriving community of artists studying and experimenting with film and media together. Film school is a place where you can try and fail and try again before the million-dollar stakes of a career rest on your shoulders. It’s a place where a group of creatives, diverse in background but united in spirit, can challenge and encourage each other. And the friends you make here may be the friends who get you that job that kick-starts your career.
Technical and Creative ChopsWith training available from our Studio Facilities, hands-on assignments in every class and thorough production management training, you’ll come away from your time at Biola with solid technical experience and a broad understanding of how films are made. In addition to these skills, you’ll grow as a storyteller and artist. From writing and storyboarding to makeup and lighting, cinema and media arts is full of courses and opportunities that will stretch your creative mind.
Robust General EducationGreat artists are grounded in a broad education. In addition to rigorous film classes, Biola offers world-class Bible courses and a robust general education program. You’ll graduate with a Bible minor and a solid base of knowledge in humanities and the sciences. Or if you’re looking for something a little different, you can get your general education from the Torrey Honors Institute. Either way, we’re here to equip you to be sharper, wiser and more prepared for the complexities of life.
Biola offers a wide variety of study abroad and off-campus programs that integrate well with the cinema and media arts major. Here are just a few that are especially well suited to film students:
As a Sundance Institute Associate, the School of Cinema and Media Arts grants students access to screenings, panels and industry workshops. We are also a Windrider Partner, which means students get to engage with over a hundred Christian filmmakers from around the world.
International Film Program
Every year, the School of Cinema and Media Arts offers a production course that takes students overseas to create films with local writers, producers and actors in countries around the world. Previous classes have shot in Japan, Germany and Indonesia.
The Los Angeles Film Studies Center trains students to serve in the film industry with professional skill and Christian integrity. In this program, you’ll spend a semester living, learning and working in L.A., studying production, culture and the relationship of faith and work.
Torrey Honors and Biola’s School of Cinema and Media Arts
Students who enroll in both the Torrey Honors Institute and the School of Cinema and Media Arts have access to a unique education designed to equip and train storytellers who can think critically, discern truth and communicate compassionately.