Media Communication Department
Film & Media Production
You love the DVD bonus features at least as much as the films. You want to tell significant stories using sight and sound. You can see yourself as a producer, director, editor or writer for audio and video productions in Hollywood or perhaps in a corporate, nonprofit, ministry, missions or production company setting. As a film student at Taylor, you'll create festival-ready film and video projects using state of the art cameras and editing facilities. Taylor's program includes four kinds of production: narrative filmmaking, documentary filmmaking, video production for clients, and multi-camera studio production. To learn about Film & Media Production at Taylor, visit our department site.
If Hollywood is your aspiration, you can add to your amazing on-campus film and media production experiences by spending a semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Hollywood's not just a pipedream. Our graduates are working in the entertainment industry and so can you. Our department's emphasis on great storytelling combined with Taylor's amazing array of cameras, lights, jibs/dollies and professional edit suites help you create projects worthy of the big screen. To learn about Film & Media Production at Taylor, visit our department site.
If you enjoy media production, but you're also an audio enthusiast, consider adding an audio concentration to your production major by spending an amazing semester at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville. While you're there, you can specialize in audio recording, engineering, and live sound and lighting. See bestsemester.com for more details on this exciting program offering.
You've been writing for your school paper, you might enjoy layout or taking pictures. You'd love to be a storyteller in print, whether it's on the web, in a screenplay, in a magazine, on a TV ad or a video script. You'll craft messages with insight, Christian ethics and compassion. This is way more than a news journalism program. You'll be versatile in writing for print, broadcast, web, audio/radio and film, and you'll be savvy with social media as an important communication tool. And unlike some writing programs that are words-only, our program will have you doing some design and production as well. If you want to be prepared for today's writing market, you've got to a be writer well-versed on all the media platforms. To learn about Journalism/Media Writing at Taylor, visit our department site.
You're a writer, an organizer/event planner, you're good with people and good on your feet. Public relations is a field poised to grow faster than average for the next decade. You'll be prepared to deliver strategic communication campaigns in a manner that is truthful and responsible, working in corporate, agency, nonprofit and ministry settings. In contrast to some theory-only P.R. programs, you'll get experience with digital media tools and real clients. To learn more about Public Relations at Taylor, visit our department site.
You and your computer are inseparable. You were making web pages at age 10 and always more curious than the next person about how the web works. You can see yourself making the web central to your career, consulting with clients, managing web teams, designing amazing sites and creating content for online distribution. Maybe you've got a great idea for a web-based company. Your entrepreneurial gifts will be embraced in this concentration. To learn about Web Communication, visit our department site.
- Macintosh Lab featuring Final Cut Pro, the Adobe Creative Suite and ProTools software.
- Media classroom featuring HD projection and 7.1 Dolby® Surround Sound.
- Six film/video editing suites using Final Cut Pro, ProTools, and Color software, as well as music and special effects collections for video and film editing.
- High definition production control room and studio, all-new in the last two years.
- Studio featuring four Sony PMW-350 cameras, two on Vinten pedestals and one on a 18 foot CamMate jib, two Sony pan-tilt-zoom cameras, AutoScript teleprompters and ETC Express lighting control system.
- WTUR, Taylor's online radio station run entirely by students. Listen at www.taylor.edu/wtur and click on the "listen live" link.
- Video and filmmaking students shoot on Sony EX3 cameras at the entry level and Sony PMW-350 and SONY F3 cameras at the advanced level. Cinematic lenses and a full array of lighting and camera support equipment are available including several dollies and jibs.
- The student newspaper, The Echo, makes use of the Media Lab and has specialized offices for its staff.
- The Ilium yearbook makes use of the Media Lab and has specialized offices for its staff.
Aspects of Taylor’s Media Communication Department Curriculum
- Film students create advanced film projects using state of the art cameras, professional actors and Final Cut Pro editing facilities.
- Media students work with professors on video/film and public relations projects for real world clients.
- Connections to film and media industry professionals mean a variety of guest speakers and workshops allow for networking throughout the year.
- The best student work is entered in professional competition and film festivals regularly and multiple trophy cases showcase the award-winning work of Taylor media communication students.
- An annual course in independent filmmaking includes a trip to the Sundance Film Festival.
- All students in the media communication department must complete Senior Capstone, a final course that prepares them for the job market or graduate school and includes preparation of a professional portfolio.
- All department majors are required to work with campus media for at least three semesters
- All media communication department majors must have an off-campus practicum or internship.
Departmental Integration of Faith and Learning
- All media communication majors take a course in media theory and ethics designed to confront students with issues they are likely to face in the future.
- All media communication majors take two courses that deliberately examine media industries and output from the perspective of a Christian worldview.
- All media communication courses focus on understanding other people and meeting their needs with a servant’s heart and with professional integrity.
- All media communication majors learn to be proficient storytellers in print and/or visual media, telling the human story with authenticity and with the goal of positive cultural transformation.
Travel Study Opportunities
- Washington Journalism Center. Study in the nation’s capital and intern for a major news organization.
- Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Study in Hollywood and intern in the film industry.
- Contemporary Music Center in Nashville. Learn the music industry from the inside out.
- Study film at the Sundance Film Festival and participate in the Windrider Forum, a week-long faith & film workshop.
- Study abroad for a semester. Taylor has programs of its own in Ecuador and Ireland, in addition to many programs offered by the CCCU.
Affiliation with Collegiate and/or Professional Organizations
- University Film and Video Association
- The Windrider Forum
- Heartland Film Institute
- Indiana Association of School Broadcasters
- Indiana Broadcasters’ Association
- Broadcast Educators’ Association
- International Association of Business Communicators
- College Media Advisers
- Society of Professional Journalists
- Baptist Press