Digital Media — Video and Film
About the Digital Media — Video and Film Program
Our film and video students are working together with our acting students to create award-winning video and films for contests, clients and festivals. The 62-hour bachelor of science in digital media — video and film combines the best of both worlds, applying film and aesthetic theory to hands-on creative projects.
A unique feature of this program is a two-semester in-house agency experience where students gain practical experience working on film projects. A senior capstone course prepares students for a career search and requires the completion of a professional portfolio.
Our mission in the Department of Communication and Media is to prepare credible, creative Christian professionals for a world where the mastery of communication skills and technologies is essential. We accomplish our mission by helping students produce, publish and perform original work that is both ethical and effective.
Department of Communication and Media
The digital media — video and film major is offered by the Department of Communication and Media. Other majors and minors within the department include advertising and public relations, broadcasting, communication studies, cross cultural communication, drama, professional writing, speech and visual communication.
Why should you choose SAU’s video and film program?
The study of communication at Spring Arbor University is a hands-on experience, with a foundation in classical and Christian perspectives. All students complete a core sequence that promotes a thoughtful and ethical understanding of communication principles and best practices.
Throughout the program you will apply these principles. We offer extracurricular opportunities in writing, acting, broadcasting, designing, producing, directing and researching in addition to practical hands-on experiences in the classroom. Students win awards in state and national competitions, have their films screened at festivals, and engage in meaningful internships.
Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan
The courses for the 62-hour digital media — video and film major include such subject areas as rhetoric, popular culture, video production, advanced video, introduction to film, directing, film theory, and writing for the media.
To view the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the video and film program at Spring Arbor University, download the video and film catalog, taken from the undergraduate catalog.
The study of communication will help you develop useful skills in such fields as filmmaking, ministry, mass media, theatre, business, government and social services. Our program is particularly appropriate for positions involving public relations, broadcasting, film production, corporate communication, public information management, employee communication, training and development, and print journalism.
To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.
Within the Department of Communication and Media and throughout campus, there are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available that might interest film students:
- Short Films Class – This hands-on film class also serves as a production club; it’s an experience so rewarding that most film students take part in it even when they are not taking it for credit. Students specialize in everything from script-writing to video-editing as they work together to craft quality short films. Open auditions draw out the talent of drama students and other budding actors, and advertising students join in to promote the end-of-semester screening.
- “Will-Shoot-for-Credit” Short Films Screening (event) – The best short films and videos of each semester are shown to an excited campus audience. Video/Film students get to see their hard work pay off, and the community has a night of original entertainment, fresh popcorn, and familiar faces on the big screen.
- Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) Semester – SAU students join others from across the country to study and create in the heart of America’s film capital. During this semester, they will collaborate on short films, learn story-structure, intern in the industry, and make important connections with future filmmakers.
- Musicals and plays – From dazzling musicals, to cutting-edge black-box theater performances, to award-winning plays, the Spring Arbor theater program offers a wide range of theatrical outlets enough to sate the appetite of the most enthusiastic theater guru.
See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.