With alumni working in the entertainment industry at major movie studios, top TV shows, and streaming services, Biola University is poised to launch the School of Film and Media Arts.
The new school will be the ninth school of the private Christian university and will introduce 17 new undergraduate degrees in the field, officials said.
Scheduled to open in July 2018, it will welcome growing student interest in film and digital media and create opportunities for new academic programs – all aligned with increasing career opportunities in the industry.
âFilm and media arts are an area of ââincredible growth opportunity for Biola,â Biola University President Barry H. Corey said in a statement. âThis new school will allow us to position ourselves as an influential leader in the field in order to equip future creators of culture.
The media are part of Biola’s story, said Gerald Fisher, chair of the film and media arts department.
âThere has always been some kind of media taught in school,â he said. “It is home to the first religious radio station in Los Angeles.”
Despite what some may think, teaching media arts in a Christian college is not at odds with each other, Fisher said.
âOur goal is to ensure that our students are equipped to pursue careers in media,â he said. “It’s not just about working in Christian media, like developing and creating documentaries and doing advocacy work.”
There is a need for the school, officials said.
Biola currently offers an undergraduate degree in Film and Media Arts, with concentrations in Media Management, Production and Writing for Film and Television.
A record number of applications were received for fall 2017, with 180 students applying for 72 openings in the program, Fisher said.
The idea for a school began in the fall of 2016, and in September, Biola’s board approved an institutional investment of up to $ 16 million, either from endowment funds or from external sources, said officials. responsible.
The money will be used to renovate the existing production center and build a new building which will be completed at the end of 2021.
The new 50,000 square foot facility will house a projection room with capacity for 220 people, several sound stages, a Foley stage, recording and editing rooms, five classrooms and 23 offices for teachers and staff.
“The goal of the School of Cinema and Media Arts will equip a new generation of ethically thoughtful film and media arts professionals, rooted in a Christian worldview, educated in a rigorous academic environment, ready to assume positions influential and able to provide the clear moral vision the world so desperately needs, âsaid Deborah Taylor, Senior and Senior Vice President, in a written statement.