Cinematic Arts Major (BA)

There’s beauty in directing a film that inspires change, power in producing sound that pulls at someone’s heart strings, pride in creating animation that sparks joy.

If you are passionate about film and its potential to have impact, join the cinematic arts community as we pursue that shared passion through hands-on projects that develop creative skills.

The cinematic arts major teaches you to merge critical thinking, film theory, and imagination into production. Students choose from among three 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.

Faith inspires us to be great filmmakers, to be directors, producers and editors who tell the truth and challenge the status quo. It guides us to create with integrity, humility and joy. And faith brings us together as a community, one where professors know you by name and take your passions and ambitions seriously.

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‘Reel’ World Experience

George Fox cinematic arts 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. 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.

Concentrations

Film and Video Production

Learn to shape stories that inspire, inform and entertain through the art of visual storytelling, our culture’s most powerful medium. Students in the film and video production concentration learn to write, shoot, direct and edit their own films in a way that meets the artistic expectation audiences expect, but also pushes the boundaries of film towards the next big ideas.

Animation

Animation is everywhere. Industries that utilize animation range from film and TV to advertising, gaming, motion graphics, scientific visualization, and so much more. Students in the animation concentration get to use industry-standard software to bring their animated stories to life.

Audio Production

Everyone is familiar with great movie soundtracks like Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Dirty Dancing, The Breakfast Club … the list goes on! Audio production encompasses not only music, but also the sound effects that enhance visual productions. As an audio production student, you will have access to our 5.1 surround sound recording studio that is fully stacked with some of the newest tech in our industry. Let’s make some music!

 

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Why Study Cinematic Arts at George Fox?

Students in the Cinematic Arts classroom

What will I Study?

You get to pick a focus, while also taking classes that round out your understanding of the many different aspects of the cinematic arts.

Our curriculum covers the broad spectrum of the cinematic arts industry ...

  • Cinematic camera movement and filming techniques (16 mm film technique as well as digital filming)
  • Lighting for the studio and on location
  • Sound recording for music and voice
  • Creating film sound effects and foley
  • Editing for television and feature film
  • Filming, writing and editing documentary nonfiction stories for news or streaming as full-length features
  • Writing an original script for a television series, short or feature film
  • Directing actors and creating the look of a film
  • Designing projects with virtual reality, augmented reality or emerging technology
  • Animation: Storyboarding, concept design, stop-motion animation, 2D & 3D animation and visual effects
  • Film history and cinematographic theory

Gaby Sipe

Class of 2019

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.

What’s after George Fox

Employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 18 percent through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Beyond film studios, most businesses, churches and nonprofits use video and digital film to promote themselves in the marketplace. There are also numerous opportunities for freelancing and creating a small business in digital video/film.

Our cinematic arts students have gone on to do some game-changing work in the professional world.

  • Video Production, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Producer, Graystone Media → Sports Media Production (produced the Civil War: Ducks vs Beavers)
  • Portland Film Community: Grimm, Portlandia, Pretty Little Liars, The Librarians
  • Audiovisual Tech, Nike
  • Videographer, Reverie Creative Agency
  • Luis Palau Ministries
  • Producer, Happy Finish
  • Courtroom Trial Videographer
  • Director of Promotions and Listener Engagement, BOOST Radio
  • Site Director, Gear Up
  • Production Intern, Hollywood, California
  • Keiki O Ka Aina
  • Refuge VFX
  • Pixar
  • American Film Institute
  • University of Southern California
  • UCL (London)
  • University of Oregon
Photo of student Emily Hamilton standing besides professor Dawn Ford

Student and Faculty Filmmakers Win National Awards

In a competition with nearly 1,500 entries representing 174 colleges and universities from across the country, the odds of winning one of only 18 “Best of Festival” awards at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention are minimal.

Winning two? Miniscule at best. But that’s exactly what George Fox pulled off, as cinema and media communication professor Dawn Ford and student Emily Hamilton earned prizes in their respective categories.