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Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Production

Your vocation is more than a job. It’s wholeheartedly pursuing your calling. It’s passionately seeking new ways to create. And it’s remaining steadfast in pursuit of the heart of your Creator in the process. With the film and video production major at Cornerstone University, you can explore the intricacies of storytelling, shooting, editing and producing your own film content.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

Format

  • On Campus
  • Residential

Location

  • Grand Rapids

Degree Plan

Inspire Others
As a Storyteller

The film and video production major at Cornerstone will prepare you in every aspect of the filmmaking process, from writing and creating storyboards to editing and presenting your film. Choose from different concentrations to focus on various steps of the process, including editing, cinematography, story development or audio editing.

In this program, you’ll learn from professors who have on-the-ground experience in making and producing films for respected production companies. As soon as your first year, you’ll work with other students in your program to create high-quality, professional-level films to add to your portfolio. The rigorous activity of your program will prepare you for your industrious work in the film industry in the future.

Careers

Film and video professionals are needed in organizations of all different shapes and sizes to deliver quality content to diverse audiences. Our graduates end up at top-tier production companies, graduate schools and churches across the country.

Opportunities

  • Feature films
  • Church media
  • Wedding and documentary film
  • Corporate and commercial filmmaking
  • Freelance filmmaker

Internships

Your course work in the film and video production program includes an internship with one of our local partners. You’ll graduate with skills honed by work done both inside and outside the classroom.

Opportunities

  • City Central Church
  • Deep End Films
  • Grand Rapids Film Festival
  • OneWay Ministries
  • WOOD TV8

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Of film and video production graduates from the class of 2019 were employed within six months of graduation.

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Courses and
Learning Outcomes

The film and video program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

Media Core Courses

Required Courses

  • COM-400 Capstone Seminar
  • MDA-111 Introduction to Story
  • MDA-213 Graphic Design I: Introduction to Graphic Design
  • MDA-236 Introduction to Digital Photography
  • MDA-261 Audio Production I
  • MDA-271 Film and Video Production I
  • MDA-318 Writing for Media
  • MDA-380 Internship

Choose one of the following:

  • COM-212 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM-321 Group Communication

Film and Video Major Core Courses

Required Courses

  • MDA-282 Film and Video Production II
  • MDA-321 Spirituality and Film History
  • MDA-341 Advanced Production I
  • MDA-342 Advanced Production II
  • MDA-365 Film and Video Production Labs
  • MDA-441 Advanced Production III
  • MDA-442 Advanced Production IV

Choose one of the following:

  • COM-322 Innovative Message Presentation
  • COM-339 Social Media
  • COM-354 Announcing and Reporting
  • COM-262 Advertising Principles
  • ECN-360 Entertainment Industries Economics
  • ENG-316 Fiction Writing
  • IDS-202 Creativity in the Conceptual Age
  • MDA-225 Graphic Design II: Graphic Design for Print and Media
  • MDA-250 Writing for Film
  • MGT-337 Entrepreneurship
  • Upper-level MDA course

For details, please view the academic catalog on the Registrar’s Office page.

Film and Video Minor Courses

  • MDA-111 Introduction to Story
  • MDA-236 Intro to Digital Photography
  • MDA-261 Audio Production I
  • MDA-271 Film and Video Production I
  • MDA-282 Film and Video Production II
  • MDA-365 Film and Video Production Labs

Program Learning Outcomes

The film and video production program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas.

Specialized Knowledge

Students will exhibit technical intelligence.

  • Operate video cameras (e.g., exposure, composition, movement).
  • Create audio (e.g., capturing, syncing, mixing).
  • Edit video.
  • Demonstrate understanding of aesthetics related to shooting and editing.
  • Write scripts (correct formats and mechanics).

Students will exhibit industry intelligence.

  • Function in roles (e.g., demonstrate film set etiquette, procedures and protocols).
  • Demonstrate understanding of corporate applications (e.g., working with a client).
  • Create and explain budgets for film/video projects.
  • Explain legal terminology and practices that make the film and media industries work.

Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning

Students will exhibit strategic intelligence.

  • Create films that portray redemptive, transformative stories.
  • Troubleshoot and solve problems on set.
  • Analyze media messages.
  • Demonstrate creativity.

Students will exhibit emotional intelligence.

  • Exercise teamwork.
  • Utilize conflict resolution.
  • Exude positivity under pressure.
  • Demonstrate integrity in work ethic.
  • Show servant leadership.

Intellectual Skills

Students will demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.

Civic and Global Learning

Students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.

Biblical Worldview Integration

Students will articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.

Want to Learn More About CU?

I feel equipped to tell stories that make a difference because of my experiences at Cornerstone.

Allison Blair (’18)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

Our film and video production major houses several concentrations. Take a look at some of the areas of study you can focus on in this program.

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Hours

MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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