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Cinema & Media Arts

School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

The cinema & media arts major at Anderson University emphasizes the art of storytelling as the foundation for creating visual media. Students develop their skills in writing, producing, directing, cinematography, sound design, and editing. They learn from faculty and professionals who are specialists in their fields. While they develop as creative professionals, students produce portfolios demonstrating areas of specialization, as well as a broad skill set suitable for the ever-changing media landscape. This is a major that also can be helpful to students interested in video production, broadcast production, and broadcast and multimedia journalism.

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Black Bird Film Festival

The Black Bird Film Festival combines the feel of a movie premiere, a film festival, and an awards show. It celebrates the collaborative work of our cinema media arts, public relations, visual communication, and theater students.

Cinema and media arts majors spend countless hours writing scripts, planning scenes, directing a crew, filming, and editing. Students prepare their films and compete for a chance to win “Squawkies” for best film, director, editing, the audience’s choice award, and more. This red carpet event provides students the experience of screening their films on the big screen.

Program Overview

Cinema & Media Arts

Visual storytelling is central to filmmakers. Our cinema and media arts majors edit and distribute films through Black Bird Media Lab, which focuses on storytelling and gives our students the opportunity to complete film projects from start to finish. Students in the cinema and media arts program become skilled in the art of visual storytelling through hands-on learning in and out of the studio, working on their own films, and working on special projects through the Black Bird Media Lab.

Additionally, students can gain valuable skills in broadcasting through working on the set of Raven Watch, the sportscast platform of AU’s student newspaper. Raven Watch was a finalist for The College Media Association in the broadcasting category for its 2018 Pinnacle Awards, and Raven Watch was included in the Best Television Sportscast area.



  • Graduate with a BA in Cinema & Media Arts in four years.
  • Earn an 18-hour cinema & media arts minor.

Black Bird Media Lab

Learn more about the film studio and distribution platform of Anderson Univeristy. View films of current students.



Classes in the cinema & media arts major include:

  • The Art of Storytelling
  • Screenwriting
  • Video/Cinema Concepts
  • Field, Soundstage, & Postproduction
  • Motion Graphics
  • Media & Society


Typically during your junior or senior year, you’ll have at least one internship with an organization doing the kind of work you aspire to do after college. Our majors also have the chance to spend a term in Hollywood through the CCCU’s Los Angeles Film Studies Center.



Our graduates are working professionally in roles like these:

  • Film/Television Editors
  • Screenwriters
  • Producers
  • Directors
  • Camera Operators/Photographers
  • Cinematographers
  • Promotions Managers
  • Production Assistants
  • Program Managers
  • Traffic Managers
  • Sound Technicians
  • Field Producers

Filmmakers Camp

Learn more about AU’s week-long summer workshop for high school students. During the camp, students make a short film using Anderson University equipment and facilities.

Your AU Story Begins Now

Not only did the professors at AU prepare me for the field I desired to work in. They taught me character. They taught me that hard work, dedication, and a good attitude would take me far. And so far, their advice has propelled me further than I could have ever imagined.

Patience Randle, CLASS OF 2013

AU equipped me for spiritual resilience and a strong relationship with God. Living in Hollywood, I find it imperative to use our Christian gifts and talents to further God’s plan of redemption. We are in a unique position at the very epicenter of the world’s culture. It is our responsibility to create films that are glorifying and uplifting to God.

Chris Witt, CLASS OF 2003

I was heavily involved in dorm life and student leadership at AU. I was an RA, an officer in the Avanti Boosters Social Club, as well as a Student Manager at Covenant Productions. These experiences helped prepare me for the rough and tumble world of being a freelance filmmaker in Los Angeles. Plenty of late nights were spent making short films in the Valley, Dunn Hall, and Reardon, all while honing the interpersonal skills of working with a diverse group of thinkers. Today, I fill my time working on feature films, TV series, commercials, and digital content, and I wouldn’t be able to flourish had AU not been the first step in my journey.

Thom Newell, CLASS OF 2009


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Cinema and Media Arts

Dr. David Baird

Dr. David Baird

Chair; Professor of Communication, Department of Communication & Design Arts

Jason Higgs, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Jason Higgs

Associate Professor of Visual Communication

Jack Lugar, employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Jack Lugar

Professor of Cinema & Media Arts

Kris RInas, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Kris Rinas

Director of Studio and Technical Operations

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