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Filmmaking and Honors Education

Tell stories that matter by learning from stories that last.

Film school is about more than mastering technical skills and building your network. You also need something to say. At Biola University you can pair the collaborative, hands-on learning of our top-ranked film school with an honors education that invites you to read and explore the best stories ever told. By thinking deeply about timeless questions and cultivating artistic expertise, you’ll be equipped to tell stories that matter.

The School of Cinema and Media Arts is proud to partner with Torrey Honors College. By replacing most of your core curriculum requirements with discussion-only classes, Torrey Honors perfectly pairs with any Cinema and Media Arts degree. Taken together, you’ll learn to craft stories driven by goodness, truth and beauty to impact the industry.

Well-Rounded Filmmakers

In the next generation of filmmakers, we need industry innovators who have learned from the past. In Torrey Honors, you’ll read and discuss life’s enduring questions and practice bringing those to bear in the stories you tell. By engaging timeless texts alongside a Cinema and Media Arts major, you’ll be equipped to tell stories rich with meaning.

Freedom to Explore

Growing as an artist means taking risks. That’s why both Torrey Honors and the Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts invite you to take learning into your own hands. From day one, you’ll be given the tools and opportunities to own your education. You’ll refine your artistic voice as you practice saying and showing what you think.

The Best Art Happens in Community

As you prepare for a career in the industry, you’ll need to learn to be collaborative. In Torrey Honors and the School of Cinema Media Arts, you’ll practice artmaking and truth-seeking in community. And when you’re rooted in community, learning from each other, you’ll become a better thinker, leader and creator.

Scholarship opportunities

The Snyder School of Cinema and Media Arts offers need and merit-based scholarships for many of its students. Torrey Honors offers an endowed scholarship for select Cinema and Media Arts majors.

Curricular opportunities

Torrey Honors collaborates with the film school to offer integrative and innovative classes, where students unite their practices of discussion, collaboration and artmaking.