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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

Academic Division

  • Communication, Media & Music Division

Format

  • Residential

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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.

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

Course List

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.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select the sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in film and video production.

Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Media Core 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

A beginning course in still/digital photography. Instruction covers basic photographic concepts, camera handling and the aesthetics of photography.

MDA-261 Audio Production I

An overview of basic audio engineering, covering topics pertaining to collection and arrangement of sound within the recorded environment and basic auditory skills as they apply to the recording engineer.

MDA-271 Film and Video Production I

An exploration of the elements of video production from a theoretical and practical perspective through the three phases of production. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental process and technology of video production through the “hands-on” application of exercises and projects.

MDA-318 Writing for Media

A “hands-on” class where students learn the basics of many genres of media writing in one semester – news writing, advertising, documentaries, and dramatic script writing. Students are able to explore where their interests and skills lie and grow in learning to express themselves in all these different forms of media writing.

MDA-380 Internship

Practical work experience using audio, film or video skills in an appropriate setting relevant to the student’s area of emphasis.

Film and Video Core Courses

MDA-282 Film and Video Production II

Students apply the principles and skills of camera, lighting, sound, directing, producing, editing, etc. for a variety of non-fiction production environments and purposes. Students will work on both group and individual productions to benefit the community and communicate with their publics.

MDA-321 Spirituality and Film History

The examination and analysis of the intersection between faith and cinema. Students in the course will study, deconstruct, research, and critique films for their meanings and messages while appraising their own personally held beliefs and understandings. Heavy emphasis will be placed on communicating individual perspectives in written form and group discussion.

MDA-341 Advanced Production I & II

These topic classes allow students to explore their selected genre through readings, viewings and practical assessment items. Topics include music videos, corporate videos, experimental film, multi-cam, documentary and fictional dramatic productions. The mid-semester productions assessment will be a generalist film project where students demonstrate proficiency in all the roles. Depending on the scope, the final assessment film will be group oriented with students demonstrating excellence in more specialist roles.

MDA-365 Film and Video Production Labs

This course develops student’s applied knowledge and skills in the areas of preproduction, production and post-production. Topics will include the abilities required to become a well rounded video production professional such as scheduling, budgeting, project development, preparation for principal photography, advanced cinematography, camera operation, lighting, editing, post-production workflows and sound design. Emphasis will be placed on each student’s technical and professional proficiency in these topics.

MDA-441 Advanced Production III & IV

These topic classes allow students to explore their selected genre through readings, viewings and practical assessment items. Topics include music videos, corporate videos, experimental film, multi-cam, documentary and fictional dramatic productions. The mid-semester productions assessment will be a generalist film project where students demonstrate proficiency in all the roles. Depending on the scope, the final assessment film will be group oriented with students demonstrating excellence in more specialist roles.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our film and video production program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

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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SAT & SUN: Closed

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.