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Film & Media Production Major

Visual Storytelling for Film, Television, and Video

Joining Taylor’s Film and Media Production major means becoming a part of a film and television production program where students have won more than 300 awards in the last twelve years, including two wins from the regional Emmy organization in 2018.

Through expert faculty mentorship and under- and upperclassmen collaboration, you will be integrated into a filmmaking community that will help you develop your expertise and discover how to combine your passion for film and media with your faith.


Four Full Years of Experience

In our film program, you will explore what it means to be a Christian artist, reflect God’s creativity, and contribute to culture in ways that honor God. From concepts and screenwriting to storyboards, directing, producing and post-production, our students are focused on more than good-looking films; they are focused on creating impact. Courses in fiction and documentary filmmaking, live television production, and visual storytelling for clients allow our students to explore a wide-range of filmmaking styles and discover which area best suits their gifts.

Begin your Film and Media Production classes during your first semester. Over the next four years, you will shoot on exceptional technology, including our two RED Weapon 8K cameras, while you develop your skills in directing, producing, cinematography, screenwriting, editing and sound design.

You’ll gain technical skills with software such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools, After Effects and DaVinci Resolve and you’ll dig into the aesthetics, ethics, and business of visual storytelling. By senior year, you will have created an impressive portfolio of work, demonstrating to employers the depth of your experience.

Film and Media Opportunities

As a Film & Media Production major, you’ll have lots of opportunities to take your skills further, round out your resume, and have fun. These opportunities include film festivals, field trips, and freelance work.

One of our students’ favorite Film opportunities is our Hollywood Internship Program. Spend a semester in Los Angeles as either a junior or senior and explore whether the entertainment industry is for you. You’ll complete two internships, take a class taught by Hollywood insiders and get to experience at least fifteen industry events, tours, screenings, or panels.

Take advantage of our Sundance Film Festival trip in January and learn more about independent filmmaking. See what’s next in film, and interact with filmmakers at nearly every screening.

Travel with the film program during January, learning what it takes to do documentary film in our International Documentary class. Previous trips have been to Rwanda/Uganda and to Guatemala.

For more information on our opportunities, visit our Art and Film at Taylor page.

A Look at Your Credits

Taylor University’s Film program offers a variety of shooting, editing, writing, and creative fiction and nonfiction filmmaking courses. By requiring our students to take explore the breadth of filmmaking, Film & Media majors have the opportunity to diversify their portfolios, broaden their skillsets, and discover new passions and interests.

Here’s just a sampling of the courses you can take as a Film & Media Production major. Play the videos to hear from recent students who took the class!

Creating (Fiction)

Narrative Filmmaking
Bring to life your final film project with a team of talented classmates. Conceptualize, write, storyboard, cast, light, direct, shoot, edit, sweeten audio, and color grade a festival-ready film.

Creating (Nonfiction)

Documentary Filmmaking
Create a festival-ready documentary with a small team consisting of a producer / director, cinematographer, and editor. You’ll follow a true story from pre-production to post and get to know your subjects intimately.

Producing for Clients
Join a team as producer, director, or editor and you’ll spend a semester working with a professional organization. Develop a project for promotional or marketing purposes like this award-winning promo.

Editing

Post-Production Methods
In this class, aspiring editors attain Avid Media Composer certification and experience color grading using DaVinci Resolve.

Shooting

Directing and Cinematography
Learn the most advanced equipment, when to use which tools depending on the story, and how to interact with actors. You’ll never be able to watch a film the same way again after this class.

Steadicam
Learn the safe and professional use of the Steadicam®, one of the film industry’s well-known camera stabilization devices.

Multi-Camera Live Production
Learn the process and techniques of making live television programming in a state of the art studio setting. You’re the director and your classmates are your crew. You can’t go back and fix it; it’s all live!

Writing

Scriptwriting
Learn writing styles and formats for fiction and nonfiction scripting. You’ll develop scripts for clients, documentaries, short films, and television series, as well as hone your creativity and accuracy as a writer.

Film & Media Production Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact for Film Program

Kathy Bruner, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair
765-998-5512
kathy.bruner@taylor.edu

Judy Kirkwood, Program Assistant for Theatre & Film
765-998-5255
jdkirkwood@taylor.edu

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Art, Film & Media Department

The Art of Visual Storytelling

Because God made us in His image, we are designed to create and appreciate beauty as He does. Joining Taylor’s Art, Film & Media department means not only building artistic skills but also strengthening your understanding of the significance of art and media and the role it can play in the world beyond studio and classroom.

Art and film are not limited to beautiful pictures; they tell tales, make statements, and pursue truth through visual storytelling. By choosing an Art or Film major at Taylor, you will be offered several avenues to pursue your passion for beauty and creative storytelling, whether your interest lies in filmmaking, media production, graphic design, photography, or illustration.

Crafting Your Future
Career Opportunities

Our students successfully compete with art and film school graduates for high-profile positions. As a student in this program, you will develop excellent technical and conceptual skills for graphic design, cinematography, photography, studio, or art education. You will also come away from the program with a professional portfolio of work.

Our Art graduates currently serve as art educators, freelancers, videographers, graphic artists, photographers, producers, and studio artists (sculptors, ceramists, painters). Art students have gone to work at companies and publications such as The New Yorker, Tyndale Publishers, The Discovery Channel, and Wired Magazine.

Our Film graduates work in Hollywood, corporate media, education, advertising and marketing agencies, not-for-profits, and ministry organizations, including USC Film School, NBC Universal, Revo Brand Group, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Brother’s Entertainment, HBO Sports, Samaritan’s Purse, and more. Our alumni also have worked on movies and television shows, such as Lincoln, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Internship, Chicago PD, October Baby, The Good Wife, and Key and Peele.

As distinguished groups, both our Art and Film graduates are regularly sought after by alumni and employers. The Art and Film faculty and the Calling and Career Office also have many connections to assist graduates in finding industry careers. Because art students have a success rate of 99% and film students 91%, you have no reason to worry about finding post-graduation jobs, internships, or graduate school placements.

Learn more about Taylor University placement rates.

Grad Programs

Although attending an art school, film school, or graduate school after Taylor is not required to enter these industries, some alumni have done so to further their expertise or to prepare them for teaching in the field. A few examples include:

  • American Film Institute Directing Program
  • Ball State University
  • Baylor University
  • Boston University Film & Television
  • Florida State University Film School
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Notre Dame University
  • Regent University
  • UCLA Screenwriting Program
  • University of Southern California Film School

Learn more about Taylor University’s Art and Film philosophy.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Jonathan Bouw

Department Co-Chair & Professor of Art

jnbouw@taylor.edu

Kathy Bruner

Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production

ktbruner@taylor.edu

Kathy Herrmann

Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Art

ktherrmann@taylor.edu

Faculty

Stephen Bailey

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production

stbailey@taylor.edu

John Bruner

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production

jhbruner@taylor.edu

Ryan James

Assistant Professor of Art

ryjames@taylor.edu

Jamie Miles II

Assistant Professor of Art

jmmiles@taylor.edu

Rachel Smith

Professor of Art & Gilkison Chair

rcsmith@taylor.edu

Adjunct
Staff

Kim Hapner

Art Department Program Assistant

kmhapner@taylor.edu

Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film

jdkirkwood@taylor.edu