Common Career Paths
- Film and video editor
- Director / assistant director
- Independent producer
- Audio engineer
- Cinematographer / camera assistant
- Production assistant
- Motion graphics / visual effects creator
George Fox University’s cinema and media communication major combines the liberal arts emphasis of communication arts with hands-on experience in video, film, and digital media production. With four concentrations to choose from, you design a program that fits your individual needs or interests.
All our cinema and media communication majors are grounded in certain theoretical and general production courses. Areas of concentration are particular blends of course work that emphasize aspects of the cinema and media industry. Courses are taught in an encouraging Christian college environment where professors know you by name.
Study at a film school that integrates a Christian worldview with technical and creative skills in the field of audio-visual media – including film and digital video and audio formats – for theater exhibition as well as for television and radio production. Both academics and practical experience are stressed, and various opportunities for actual production work and industry-related internships are offered.
Choose from four concentrations:
Focus on audio techniques for music recording and mixing; sound design for film, video and new media; and production for radio. This concentration of the cinema and media communication major prepares students for possible careers in the music recording industry.
Film and Video Production
Students in the film and production concentration learn all the basics of film and video production, from scriptwriting to postproduction. In addition, students have the opportunity to concentrate on their favorite aspects of production, including directing, cinematography, editing and sound. Required courses include Camera and Lighting and Advanced Production Workshop.
Although the lines between video and film are blurring more and more with each passing year, this concentration is designed to allow those who prefer working with film to gain experience working with 16mm film.
Students in the multimedia/animation concentration study techniques for designing Internet websites, producing 2-D and 3-D animation, and special effects using a combination of creativity, aesthetics and computer software. Courses in animation, motion graphics and special effects, and advanced animation are required. Electives include courses such as Beginning Photography, Design Applications, Graphic Design II: Typography, and Camera and Lighting.
Request information about the cinema and media communication major at George Fox University or apply now to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of film and video editors and camera operators, as well as producers and directors, is projected to grow 3 percent from 2012 to 2022. Some job growth in the motion picture and video industry is expected to stem from strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows, as well as an increased demand from foreign audiences for U.S.-produced films. Employment of multimedia artists and animators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022.
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- Audio Intern, Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios, Portland
What we offer …
- Small classes
Our small classes allow students to benefit from frequent one-to-one mentoring. The university’s 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio allows for plenty of personal attention.
- Broad curriculum
Students take a liberal-arts curriculum that helps broaden perspectives and contributes to an appreciation and understanding of all aspects of society. All classes are taught from a Christian worldview where faith is integrated with learning.
- Opportunity to work with professionals
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.
- Internship opportunities
Work at Channel 12 Fox/UPN, Luis Palau Ministry or the Oregon Film and Video Office, among others.
- Film opportunities
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.
- Quality facilities
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.
- Faculty expertise
Our professors are experienced in a wide range of communications fields and are interested in you as an individual. Instructors are accessible both inside and outside the classroom.
- Global opportunities
Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students participate in an international experience. The university ranks among the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges in study-abroad participation.
- 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.
Cinema and Media Communication Student Experiences
“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)
“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)