School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Cinema & Media Arts


The Cinema & Media Arts major emphasizes the art of storytelling as the foundation for creating visual media. Students in this area develop their skills in writing, producing, directing, cinematography, sound design, and editing. They learn from faculty and professionals in residence who are specialists in their fields. As 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.

What classes will I take?

Among the classes in the 52-hour major are:

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

View the complete curriculum

What experiences will I have?

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.

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Our graduates are working professionally in many of these roles:

  • film/television editor
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • director
  • camera operator/photographer
  • cinematographer
  • promotions manager
  • production assistant
  • program manager
  • traffic manager
  • sound technician
  • field producer

How can I learn more?

The academic catalog contains additional information such as course descriptions. To set up a meeting with a faculty member in this area, please contact the Admissions Office.


Alumni Testimonials

Patience Randle: a woman holding a microphone"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, 2013


Chris Witt: a man with brown hair“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, 2003


Thom Newell: a man in a suit with glasses and a lip ring“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, 2009