Digital Cinema Major

Digital cinema encourages the fusion of technological innovation with strong artistic and academic discipline.​

The program has an emphasis on mastering technology in order to further students’ artistic expressions. The program prepares students to work with digital as well as conventional photographic, video and motion picture applications. Courses include photography, editing, cinematography, film theory, film production, lighting, script writing and an internship.

Film is the universal cultural expression of our day. Because of its capacity to merge visual, intellectual and aural experiences together, we depend on film to interpret events in our lives and the world. The Digital Cinema major wants students to gain both foundational skills and the sensitivity to use these skills to make films that are both entertaining and purposeful. We want to produce both technicians and storytellers.

For Michael Bruner ’12, pursuing a degree in digital cinema took him out of Arkansas and into an internship in Los Angeles with Warner Brothers Studios. “The experience was amazing and like no other challenge I’ve ever had,” he said. “Going from learning about film theory in the classroom to a large production crew really helped me understand the diversity in filmmaking.”

Students receive a foundation in traditional illustration techniques, graphic design fundamentals and practical mass media skills. Faculty use their personal filmmaking or professional experience to prepare students for the convergence of technology, art and electronic media. The program is demanding of students’ time, energy and talent with the end goal of industry-ready graduates prepared for a career in digital cinema.

Hear from professors and students about what makes JBU's digital cinema program great.

Jessica Whalen '11 is the digital media producer for Crystal Bridges Art Museum, one of the top art museums in the United States.