Film Production & Content Development Major (B.S.)
Impactful, professionally produced content that is adaptable to all media will ensure new filmmakers have a competitive edge, and the message of Christ will stand out in a content driven marketplace.
The B.S. in Film Production and Content Development is a 2-year full-immersion1 cohort2 program that students enter in the fall of either their sophomore or junior year. Students who enter the cohort program their sophomore year must have completed the first two semesters of the B.S. of Film Production and Content Development suggested course sequence. Students who enter the cohort program their junior year must have completed their general education courses, including CINE 101, and CINE core courses CINE 201 Introduction to Screenwriting (3 c.h.), CINE 202 Introduction to Motion Picture Directing (3 c.h.), and CINE 203 Introduction to Cinematography and Sound Design (3 c.h.).
Full immersion – 5-days-a-week instruction that could include 8-12 hours daily with professors. This hands-on instruction will produce the best learning environment, mirroring a real world model for product- driven outcomes.
Cohort – Approximately 60-70 students who have passed the continuance gate into the B.S. in Film Production and Content Development Major (Cohort students are advised not to take classes outside of the B.S in Film Production and Content Development Major).
Note: Admission to continue in the B.S. in Film Production and Content Development after the sophomore year is a gateway application process involving a continuance gate. (See Continuance Gate Procedures below for more details.) If possible, it is advised that students declare Film Production and Content Development as their major in their freshman year. Students must work closely with their academic advisor as they work through their Degree Completion Plan (DCP) and should contact the Cinematic Arts Department about the Film Production and Content Development Program to gain insight on the continuance gate process and ask questions as needed.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Integrate thematic values in storytelling.
- Determine personnel and technical elements relevant to the visual content of the story.
- Evaluate the distribution model for a movie.
- Justify moral decisions related to moviemaking based on a biblical worldview/biblical principles.
Continuance Gate Procedures
In order to continue in the Film Production and Content Development Program, students must go through a continuance gate (typically in the sophomore year). To pass the gate, students must meet the following requirements in preparation for their junior year:
- Unofficial university transcripts that provide proof of completion of core classes: CINE 201 Introduction to Screenwriting (3 c.h.), CINE 202 Introduction to Motion Picture Directing (3 c.h.), and CINE 203 Introduction to Cinematography and Sound Design (3 c.h.) with at least a B average
- Minimum 2.5 collegiate GPA
- One letter of recommendation from:
- University instructor or staff member
- Past or present employer
- Essay/pitch (1,000 words) telling the story of a film the student wants to make
- Written letter explaining why the student wants to be a filmmaker.
- Oral interview (by appointment)
Note: Films, DVDs or videotapes will not be accepted for consideration through the gateway.
Regarding Current Cohort Students
Any student enrolled in the CINE cohort who receives a final grade lower than a "D" in any CINE course, will have 60 days to rectify the grade with the instructor of the course. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate this process, not the instructor’s.
Any student who fails to rectify a grade lower than a "D" within 60 days, or receives a final grade of an “F” will automatically be removed from the program. The student may re-apply for the next CINE cohort entry (usually 1 year later).