The University of Biola announces the creation of a new school of film and media arts


The University of Biola will launch its ninth school in July 2018 – the School of Film and Media Arts. When Biola was launched in 1908, the university’s visionary founders had no idea that within the next decade, all of the major motion picture studios would be located in Los Angeles, transforming their community into the entertainment capital of the world.

Today, Biola is located 24 miles from the heart of the entertainment industry, which influences American and global culture more than ever. The new school will respond to growing student interest in film and digital media and create opportunities for new academic programs, all aligned with increased career opportunities in the industry.

“Film and media arts is an area of ​​incredible growth opportunity for Biola,” said Barry H. Corey, president of Biola University. “This new school will enable us to position ourselves as an influential leader in the field in order to equip future creators of culture.

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, as 180 students applied for 72 openings in the program. With the creation of the new school, the program will introduce 17 new undergraduate degrees and concentrations to be introduced over the next five years in areas including acting, film music, cinematography and directing. Biola hopes these new programs will attract nearly 750 new students by 2027.

In September, Biola’s Board of Trustees approved that the university will contribute up to $16 million in institutional investments, from internal endowments or external sources, towards the final funds needed to renovate the existing production center and construct a new building to be completed in late 2021. The new 50,000+ square foot facility will house a 220-person screening room, multiple sound stages, a Foley stage, recording and editing rooms, five classroom and 23 faculty and staff offices.

“The School of Film and Media Arts goal will equip a new generation of ethically thoughtful film and media arts professionals, grounded in a Christian worldview, educated in a rigorous academic environment, ready to take on leadership positions. influence and able to provide the clear moral vision the world desperately needs,” said Senior Vice President and Vice President Deborah Taylor.

A nationwide search for the school’s founding dean will begin later this fall and formal fundraising will begin for the construction of a new building for the school. The university will appoint a research committee this semester. Additionally, the school will hire six new faculty and five staff to accommodate program growth.

“We are grateful to our strategic partner, the James and Joan Lindsey Family Foundation, for providing guidance, counsel and financial support to make this new school possible,” Taylor said. “With their in-depth knowledge of media and marketing, they have played a vital role in the school’s planning, strategy and vision.”

Biola has always believed that the media is a tool to be used in support of the university’s mission, whether it’s placing a radio antenna on top of its building, launching Biola Press or producing Biola Hour, the one of the oldest radio shows.

“The integration of our faith and our craft is not superficial, as we believe that storytelling is intrinsically linked to what it means to be created in the image of God,” said Gerald Fisher, president of the Film and media arts. “A focus on high production value gives our graduates the skill set sought by future employers. We are one of the oldest and largest Christian media programs in the world. Our location in Los Angeles can’t be beat.

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