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Admissions, Tuition and Financial Aid

Start Your Journey

Our community is made up of driven, creative artists who want to sharpen their skills and influence the industry. Admission to the School of Cinema and Media Arts is highly competitive and a well-thought-out application is important. Read the information below, complete both your Biola application and your cinema and media arts application as soon as possible, then schedule a visit and come see our Studio Facilities.

Begin the Process

Read all instructions carefully and don't worry — you don't need to complete your application in one sitting.

  1. Apply to Biola University

    This can be done concurrently with your cinema and media arts application.

    Apply to Biola
  2. Apply to the School of Cinema and Media Arts by the application deadlines listed below.

    • If applying to the production concentration, be prepared to provide a link to a short demo reel or example of your work.
    • If applying to the screenwriting concentration, be prepared to submit a link to writing sample. There will also be a prompt to write a short scene.
    • If applying to the media management concentration, be prepared to list examples of leadership or business experience.
    • Two letters of recommendation are expected. These can be attached or supplied separately.
    Apply to the School of Cinema and Media Arts
  3. Receive notification of admission to Biola University.

    You will be notified of your acceptance to Biola University by the corresponding notification dates.
  4. Receive notification of admission to the School of Cinema and Media Arts.

    The cinema and media arts faculty will review your application. Notification of your status will be mailed to you on the above dates. At that time, you will be notified of your acceptance or denial of admission. Denial of admission to the School of Cinema and Media Arts is not denial of admission to Biola University. You may contact your Biola admissions counselor for more details.
  5. Acceptance of admissions offer

    If you are admitted into the School of Cinema and Media Arts, you must confirm your acceptance of this offer by May 1 and meet all of Biola’s enrollment and deposit requirements. Failure to confirm acceptance will forfeit your admission to the School of Cinema and Media Arts.

Application Deadlines

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Regular Application December 1 February 1
Extended Application February 1 March 1

Applications received after February 1 are late and will be reviewed at the sole discretion of the School of Cinema and Media Arts. The Fall 2019 admission period will be the last year with an extended application deadline.

Departmental Scholarships

The School of Cinema and Media Arts awards over $100,000 in general need and merit based scholarships each year.

For incoming freshmen and transfers, cinema and media arts scholarships are awarded through the Biola admissions department. Please contact your admissions counselor for more information. Incoming students can also compete in our annual screenwriting contest for scholarship awards of up to $10,000 or compete in the high school division of the Biola Film Festival for a $5,000 prize.

Scholarships for continuing students are awarded by the cinema and media arts scholarship committee. Applications are due on February 1 for the following year. Contact cma@biola.edu for more information.


Take the First Step

The process of becoming a student in the School of Cinema and Media Arts begins with an application to Biola University.

Admissions to Biola University

Make the Switch

Transferring from another university or college can get complicated — but it might also be the best decision you make. Let us help you navigate this process.

Transfer Admissions

Explore Your Options

College can be expensive. Learn about the costs of attending Biola and how to get help paying for them.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am accepted to Biola, does that automatically guarantee my acceptance into the School of Cinema and Media Arts?

No. Admission to the School of Cinema and Media Arts is separate from but contingent upon your admission to Biola University. Admission to Biola University does not guarantee admission into the School of Cinema and Media Arts.

Is the application to Biola University the same as the application to the School of Cinema and Media Arts?

No. The cinema and media arts application is separate from and in addition to your application to Biola University.

When will my application be considered for acceptance into the School of Cinema and Media Arts?

We will consider your application only after you have been accepted to Biola University. We suggest you submit your application to the School of Cinema and Media Arts at the same time you submit your application to Biola. Notification of acceptance will be mailed according to the deadlines above.

Should I submit my application to the School of Cinema and Media Arts at the same time as my application to Biola?

Yes, we recommend submitting both applications at the same time.

Do I need extensive media experience to be accepted into the School of Cinema and Media Arts?

Please be assured that extensive media experience or an incredible demo reel is not a prerequisite for admission into the School of Cinema and Media Arts. Some experience is helpful, but we are interested in students who have demonstrated academic success, leadership ability, creative thinking, problem-solving, dreaming and incredible character.

Am I required to submit samples of my work?

Yes. Depending on the emphasis you are interested in, a writing sample or production reel is expected. Please place your best work first, not necessarily your most recent work.

What equipment should I own?

Equipment and software needed to complete coursework are supplied by the school and housed in the Studio Facilities. While students may purchase professional equipment for personal use, it is not a requirement of the major. A laptop is highly recommended for academic course work. Contact the department for specific equipment and software recommendations.

Do you accept transfer students?

Yes. For more information, please contact the department directly. Nine academic semester units can be applied toward the cinema and media arts major.