Major in Film

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

Create engaging content.

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 as a technician and as a storyteller.

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Master the technology

We prepare students to work with digital and conventional photographic, video and motion picture applications. Courses include photography, editing, cinematography, film theory, film production, lighting, screenwriting and an internship.

Create your film

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

Graduate industry-ready

Besides a best-in-class filmmaking education, you will also receive a foundation in traditional illustration techniques, graphic design fundamentals and practical mass media skills that prepare you for the convergence of technology, art and electronic media.

Develop the skills to make your ideas come alive.

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What to expect as a film student at JBU


Work with the latest technology

Film gadgets are cool, and the JBU film program has many of them: RED Komodo and Helium cameras, BlackMagic Design 4.6K URSA Mini Pro cameras as well as Canon C300 and C100 MKII cameras, XEEN and Rokinon Prime Lenses, Tilta Matte Boxes and Wireless Follow-Focus, SteadiCam Scout, DJI Ronin, EZ Jib, Dolly and Track, ARRI Tungsten, Kino Flo Fluorescent & LED, Litepanel Astra LED, K5600 Joker HMI lighting instruments, Sound Devices Mixers, Sennheiser Booms Mics and Wireless Lavs, and grip carts complete with stands, flags and rigging equipment.


Enjoy fantastic facilities

Our three visual art buildings include two three-story facilities featuring classrooms, a theater, two galleries, photo and cinema studios, MAC labs, color grading suites, a ProTools Post-Production/ADR studio and printmaking workshop. We also have a Soundstage facility for VFX process shots and custom sets. And the Studio & Project Barn includes additional large spaces for a state-of-the-art photo studio, drawing and painting classrooms, woodshop, ceramics studio and individual artist stations.

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Travel the world

Summer studies trips provide opportunities for students to visit world-famous art collections in Europe, make documentaries in Belfast, write screenplays in Berlin, and study the Business of Cinema while exploring amazing film locations in places like Iceland, Copenhagen, Northern Ireland and London.

Student films

We help students gain fundamental skills and the sensitivity to use these skills to make entertaining and purposeful films. We want to produce both technicians and storytellers.

Below are selected student film productions from JBU representing several courses, including non-fiction film production, narrative film production and senior film project.

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