Cinematic Arts Major

George Fox Cinematic Arts majors study at one of the top Christian colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

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

The major combines the liberal arts emphasis of communication arts with hands-on experience in video, film and digital media production. 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.

All our cinematic arts 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. 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.

All courses are taught from a Christian worldview where faith is integrated into learning – and in a classroom setting where professors know you by name.

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"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:

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.

Request more information about the cinematic arts 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 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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
  • Animator and Editor, NBC Sports
  • Program Specialist, Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • Chief Communications Officer, Clash of Orbs
  • Video Producer, Oregon State University
  • Audiovisual Technician, Nike
  • Office Production Assistant, Walt Disney Studios
  • Director of Strategic Information, Boyd Coffee
  • 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

In the News

Quincy Woo

Filmmaker honored at Oregon Independent Film Festival

Quincy Woo calls his film Us. Them. Me. an “extracurricular side project.” The Oregon Independent Film Festival called it the best dramatic short film of the year in its 2017 competition, honoring Woo and other winners at an awards ceremony in September.

A cinema and media communication major, Woo directed, filmed and edited the 17-minute film in his final semester at George Fox. Filming took four weekends followed by months of editing with the assistance of classmates “who were just as crazy and excited to help me out,” says Woo. The resulting film won the 18th annual Fox Film Festival Best Picture award in 2016. Read more …

Student Experiences

Gaby Sipe

"My time as a cinematic arts major at George Fox was a truly enriching experience. My professors were extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, and made me feel prepared to work in the industry. The program is full of passion that intertwines with a desire to bring honor to God through our creation of art. We were encouraged to use the creativity that we were blessed with and share it with those around us."

- Gaby Sipe
Class of 2019

Emily Hamilton

"There are a range of incredible opportunities to take advantage of as a cinematic arts major, whether it be traveling to freezing Park City for Sundance, or taking part in the Fox Film Festival and seeing your work on the big screen. My favorite memories come from working with incredible friends on projects we truly believed in. I graduated from George Fox with a wider view of the world, prepared to pursue a career that I love."

- Emily Hamilton
Class of 2017

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, including 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. 
  • Our Media Communication Center houses the multimedia graphics computer lab and supports cinematic arts and graphic design majors. With a 24-seat computer lab, an editing bullpen, a sound stage, and a state-of-the-art recording studio, the center has everything a student needs to create and output quality video, multimedia, and graphic design production.
  • Showcase your skills at our annual Fox Film Festival that honors student filmmakers. Watch a video
  • We are one of the top film and animation production programs offered by Christian liberal arts universities in the Pacific Northwest. There are few CCCU schools that offer film and animation production programs on the West Coast outside of Southern California.
  • We offer an exciting, growing animation production option located close to Portland, one of the best cities in the world for stop motion animation (with Laika, The Bible Project, and other major animation studios in the Portland area).
  • We offer hands-on production classes where students learn film by making films

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

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

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.

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