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Cinema and Media Arts, B.A.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
The Cinema and Media Arts program at Biola University is ranked by Variety as one of the 50 best film programs in the world — you’ll receive the instruction, mentorship, technical training and hands-on experience you need to become an exceptional visual storyteller.
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Overview

The Cinema and Media Arts program at Biola University offers several key advantages:

  • A commitment to developing the whole filmmaker — craft and character.
  • A stellar reputation. Biola’s cinema and media arts program is recognized by industry publication Variety as one of “The Best Film Schools for 2019” for its “high marks in both showbiz and academic circles.”
  • An intentional student art community. The essence of film production is collaboration, not competition. We are friends who work together, and this sense of community permeates your experience both as a student and alumni.
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment, including 6K cameras, full-range lens kits, lighting instruments, microphones and support gear, close to $3 million worth of gear in all. No need to wait years before touching equipment and making films. Our students have access to cameras and equipment to start creating right away!
  • 24-hour access to our 10,000-square-foot Studio Facilities, featuring a sound stage, recording room and over a dozen video and audio editing facilities — which you can explore through our virtual tour.

What Will I Study?

Throughout the cinema and media arts program, you will have numerous learning opportunities that focus on equipping you to serve as an observer, interpreter and creator of mass media through a Christian worldview. There are four areas of study to select from: game design and interactive media, production, writing for the screen and entertainment producing. 

Learning topics and course highlights include:

  • Visual storytelling
  • Writing for television and film
  • Integration of faith and filmmaking
  • Exploring truth and beauty through art
  • Cinematography and lighting
  • Casting and set design
  • Documentary production

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Transmedia Design
  • Production Management
  • Media Literacy
  • Motion Picture Pre-Production
  • Motion Picture Production
  • Principles of Advertising

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    70

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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  • National

    43512 USD/year
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  • In-State

    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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Funding

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