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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
  2. Apply to School of Cinema and Media Arts 
    • The School of Cinema and Media Arts application includes requirements and questions as:
      • What matters to you, and why?
      • Media production is a collaborative art. What contributions do you feel you can make to a creative community?
      • Give us your top 10 list (this is an unintentionally unrestricted question):
  3. Please be sure to submit your two letters of recommendation with the Cinema and Media Arts Application or send them directly to cma@biola.edu.

Application Deadlines

Deadline Type Apply By Notified By
Regular Application December 1 February 15
Extended Application February 1 TBD

Cinema and Media Arts Scholarship

The School of Cinema and Media Arts gives over $100,000 in scholarships to incoming students every year. If you have already applied to Biola and the School of Cinema and Media Arts, then you are eligible to apply.

  • Application deadline: April 2nd, 2020
  • Please email any questions to cma@biola.edu

Submit Application


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.

See Tuition Costs

Explore Financial Aid Opportunities

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.