George Fox cinema and media communication majors study at one of the top Christian colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

Are you passionate about film? The Cinema and Media Communication major can help you pursue that passion, developing your creative and critical skills in the studio and the classroom.

Students choose among four concentrations that prepare them for a wide variety of jobs ranging from commercial filmmaking to recording rock bands, from crafting 3D animation and special effects to shooting documentaries in third-world countries.

Our Christian film school combines the liberal arts emphases on theory and criticism with hands-on production courses in film, video and digital media. Our students put that knowledge into use through a series of intensive, hands-on projects. All our students complete at least one internship to help them channel their passion into a career.


Students travel to the Sundance Film Festival Students travel to the Sundance Film Festival

"Reel" World Experience

As part of their education about the film industry, George Fox students travel to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to screen films and learn about contemporary independent filmmaking from some of the world's top industry artists and experts. Plans call to attend the Sundance Film Festival – the largest independent film event in the United States – every other year. While at Sundance, students also participate in events such as the Windrider Forum, an event organized by Fuller Theological Seminary that integrates themes and questions of faith with film.



Choose from four concentrations:

Students in the Film and Video Production concentration get a solid foundation in all aspects of filmmaking, including scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, sound and editing. They hone their skills on gear ranging from Arriflex 16mm film cameras to Red Digital Cinema cameras. They learn film history and theory, then put those principles into practice as they create films ranging from short personal projects to large-scale films suitable for film festivals. Students in this concentration have gone on to work in Hollywood or in the Portland film community on shows including Grimm, The Librarians, and Portlandia, or for employers ranging from Luis Palau Ministries to the Portland Trailblazers.

Whether it’s creating a chest-pounding dance mix or a gut-wrenching sound effect for a movie, our Audio Production students harness the power of sound in artistic, creative ways. Students record in our 5.1 surround-sound recording studio complete with hidden Foley pits, using cutting edge digital devices as well as warm old-school ribbon mics and tube preamps. Graduates of the program have gone on to cut sound for Z Nation, and Larson Sound Studios in L.A.

The lights come up at the end of the film, and you can’t wait to go get a coffee and talk about the film long into the night. You may be a cinephile. Students in the Film Studies concentration learn about cinema history, theory and media criticism alongside elements of hands-on film production. This is a great concentration for those who aspire to write about, teach or critique film and media.

Students in the Animation concentration get to create Pixar-style animation, build websites, and create special effects for films … as homework. Utilizing tools ranging from green screens and blazing-fast computers to stop-motion armatures, they explore 2D and 3D animation, compositing and motion graphics. Graduates of our program have gone on to work at Laika Studios and SOMA Games and have interned at companies including Supergenius Studio and Dreamworks.


Request more information about the cinema & media communication major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Internships

Cinema and Media Communication majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of film and video editors is projected to grow a whopping 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Production companies and video freelancers are working with new content delivery methods, such as mobile devices or through online TV, which may lead to more work for editors and camera operators.

  • Producer, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sound Editor, Z Nation, SyFy Network
  • Program Coordinator, Portland Teen Idol
  • Audio Engineer, Larson Sound Studios 
  • Production Assistant, Grimm, NBC 
  • Media Coordinator, St. Luke Productions 
  • Editor and Audio Engineer, West Maui Media Group
  • Administrative Assistant, Post Factory
  • Video Producer, Luis Palau Association
  • Production Coordinator, LAIKA/House
  • Set Production Assistant, The Librarians, ABC
  • Production Intern, Portlandia, IFC
  • Documentary Production, Actuality Media, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Media Intern, Portland General Electric
  • Radio Promotions & Programming, Radio Tri-Cities, Spokane, Wash. 
  • Audio Intern, 48 Windows, Hollywood, Calif. 
  • Documentary on Sex Trafficking, Cambodia
  • Audio Intern, Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios, Portland

Student Experiences

Sam Read (’14)

“When I was at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) talking with friends from other programs, I found out we get our hands on the gear way before anyone else does. In the classroom we get the theory and basic knowledge, but then we get to go out with the gear and experiment and learn. That’s a huge component of learning.”

- Sam Read (’14)

Jenna Holmes (’16)

“The CMCO department has been amazing in teaching me the skills I need for film production. The people in this program have given me the confidence I need to take risks and be creative while staying true to myself and my vision as a filmmaker. I couldn’t imagine a better place to have these skills cultivated.” 

- Jenna Holmes (’16)

Points of Distinction

  • Our students have been introduced to film professionals, including the editor of Avatar, the sound designer for Rise of Planet of the Apes, and the writer of Admission in in-class interviews. We also have great relationships with adjunct instructors from Laika Studios (which produced Coraline and ParaNorman), SOMA Games, and other film and video producers from Portland's film community, who have been instrumental in helping our students find internships in the media industry.
  • Work at Channel 12 Fox/UPN, Luis Palau Ministry or the Oregon Film and Video Office, among others.
  • For those interested in working with the film format and networking in Los Angeles, there is the opportunity to spend a semester at the LA Film Studies Center. Courses also are offered at the Northwest Film Center in Portland. These include introductory and intermediate cinematography courses as well as an optical printing course.
  • Our students get the opportunity to showcase their films both locally and, potentially, nationally. In 2011, a team of CMCO students from George Fox won Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Actor and Audience Favorite awards for their film 271 at the Portland 48-Hour Film Project, qualifying the team for an international competition against 80 other cities' best films.
  • Our Media Communication Center houses the multimedia graphics computer lab and supports cinema media communication and graphic art majors. With an 18-machine computer lab, television studio, and video production equipment, the center has everything a student needs to create and output quality video, multimedia, and graphic design production.
  • Fox Film Festival - Showcase your skills at an annual festival that honors student filmmakers.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.