Major in Film (Digital Cinema)

Become a filmmaker • Use the latest technology • Graduate industry-ready

Master 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. At JBU, you'll gain the foundational skills and the sensitivity to use those skills to make films that are both entertaining and purposeful. You will graduate both a technician and storyteller.

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Master the technology

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.

Create your film

Beginning the first semester, film students work with upperclassmen to create short films in various key roles informed by their progressive studies. This culminates in the production of a senior film project that becomes the centerpiece of a professional portfolio.

Graduate industry-ready

Receive a foundation in traditional illustration techniques, graphic design fundamentals and practical mass media skills that will prepare you 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 film.

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What to expect as a film student at JBU

The Latest Technology

Film gadgets are cool, and the JBU Film Program has many of them: BlackMagic Design 4.6K URSAMiniPro as well as Canon C300 and C100 MKII cameras, XEEN and Rokinon Prime Lenses, RedRockMicro Matte Boxes and Wireless Follow-Focus, SteadiCam Scout, DJI Ronin, EZ Jib, Dolly and Track, ARRI Tungsten, KinoFlo Fluorescent, Litepanel Astra LED lighting instruments, SoundDevices Mixers, Sennheiser Booms Mics and Wireless Lavs, and grip carts complete with stands, flags and rigging equipment.

Incredible Facilities

Our three art buildings include two 3-story facilities featuring classrooms, a theater, two galleries, photo and cinema studios, MAC labs and a printmaking workshop. The Studio Project Barn includes additional large spaces for a state-of-the-art photo studio, drawing and painting classrooms, wood shop, ceramics studio and individual artist stations.

An Opportunity to Explore the World

Summer Studies trips provide opportunities for students to visit world-famous art collections in Europe, make documentaries in Berlin, participate in adventure filmmaking classes in Alaska, and more.

A Screening of Your Films

Choose your favorite projects from the year and display them at JBU’s annual Student Works Show, and see your hard work on the big screen when we show senior cinema projects in the Berry Performing Arts Center at the end of each semester.

A Chance to Study in L.A.

Through CCCU Best Semester programs, students can apply to study at the LA Film Studies Center for a semester. Students intern 20-40 hours a week while taking film courses and attending workshops of their choice.

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Earn your bachelors & MBA in 5 years

With a bachelor's in digital cinema and master's degree in business, you'll learn how to professionally market your filmmaking skills and create a viable business model. After a thorough undergrad program of foundational cinema courses followed by in-depth work writing and developing your own screenplay and producing a short narrative film ready for film festivals and distribution, you begin your business education with foundational undergrad business courses plus 12 hours of graduate business courses while you are still in your undergrad program. That’s 12 hours of MBA coursework for free and completed by the time you earn your bachelor's! Then you can choose whether you continue in the grad program full-time, or finish your MBA online while working.

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What could you do with a Film degree?


The cinematographer tells stories through the visual arts with creativity in organizing camera angles and shots.

Film/Commercial Editor

Editors are a part of the post production of digital media art. Editors assemble the footage into a sequence that tells a story. Editors are employed to construct commercials, promotional videos, full-length movies and many other video projects in between.


A screenwriter constructs an entire screenplay on paper before a camera is even set up to capture it. This position requires a creative and strategic mind in order to communicate to the director what shots to arrange and how to creatively tell a story.

Television Production

In the world of TV production, the opportunities range from being a news camera operator to writing a TV series script to working in the post-production of sports games. If you’re interested in a fast-paced work environment, TV production is full of opportunities to apply your skill set.

Animation Studios

Animators are constantly constructing images for film, television, video games, and the internet for diverse clients and needs. Animators must be flexible, skilled, and creative in order to meet a variety of needs while maintaining originality in their work.

Advertising Agencies

Countless businesses are anxious to get the word out about their products and services, and each one of those businesses is different. There are plenty of opportunities to develop brands and labels at advertising agencies for increases in consumer awareness and sale

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