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You'll start Film and Media Production classes as a first-semester freshman.

Film and Media Arts


The Art of Visual Storytelling

If you’re serious about the arts of filmmaking and media production, explore Taylor’s Film & Media Arts program that recently earned its third national recognition from the Television Academy, adding to its list of over 850 external awards and recognitions. Join a community of creative artists, passionate about film, television, video and audio production. Build skills in directing, cinematography, editing, sound design, screenwriting and producing in a top Christian college film and media program that values your individual artistic voice. Bound for Hollywood? Spend a semester at Taylor’s Los Angeles semester program, networking with alumni and working in professional internships.

Taylor students create visual stories that are truthful, beautiful and good, rooted in a Christian understanding of the world. God’s first act in the Bible is to create, and we’re made in his image, designed to create and appreciate beauty as God does.

Preparation for Multiple Careers

Taylor’s Film & Media Arts program excels in preparing students for the following areas:

  • Entertainment industry
  • Fiction film and television
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Video production for businesses
  • Nonprofit/missions filmmaking 

Taylor film students regularly win industry awards for their work. Check out our most recent recognitions!

Get on track for these careers

  • Cinematographer
  • Film/Video Editor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Screenwriter
  • Freelance Videographer
  • Marketing Director
  • Digital Content Producer
Use State-of-the-Art Technology

Taylor filmmakers shoot on exceptional technology and use industry-grade software:

  • RED Weapon 8K cameras for fiction filmmaking
  • Sony’s FS-5 and FS-7 for non-fiction projects
  • Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere
  • ProTools and iZotope RX for audio
  • After Effects for motion graphics
  • DaVinci Resolve for color grading

Coming in fall 2024, the Film & Media Arts program will be housed in a brand-new 40,000-square-foot building, the Horne Academic Center. Learn more about all the features Horne will offer to film students!

For live production work, you’ll be in our studio with cameras, teleprompters, green screen, and a Cam-Mate jib. Expand your knowledge with the aesthetics, ethics, professional practices and business of visual storytelling. You’ll start taking courses in the major in your first semester. By senior year, you’ll have an impressive portfolio of work, demonstrating to employers the depth of your experience. Check out our YouTube channel to see student work.

External Recognition & Awards in 2022-2023
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Wins from Regional Emmy Organization

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Film Festival Acceptances

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Broadcast Competition Recognitions

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National Recognitions from TV Academy

Job Success

Visual storytelling skills are essential to modern communication, and the job outlook for Film & Media Arts majors is bright. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 12% increase in the need for cinematographers and editors in the next decade and a 8% increase in the need for producers and directors. The increases are driven by streaming entertainment and social media.

Film & Media Arts graduates work in Hollywood, corporate media, advertising and creative marketing agencies, and not-for-profit and ministry organizations. Our alumni can be found at NBC-Universal, Disney, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, HBO Sports, working in broadcasting, and for streaming services. Our alumni also have worked on movies and television shows, been nominated for national Emmy awards, and screened work at dozens of regional and national film festivals.

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Envision Film Festival

See the best Taylor film work of the year at Taylor’s Envision Film Festival in March. Consider entering some of your best work in our two high school competitions; one for film and another for screenwriting. The high school winners can earn scholarship dollars for their freshman year at Taylor!

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Sundance Film Festival

Explore the world of independent filmmaking by traveling to the Sundance Film Festival in January, the top festival in the United States. With cast and crew present at each screening, it’s a great educational experience.

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Los Angeles Internship Program

Exceptional students with a passion for working and serving in the entertainment industry may apply to Taylor University’s Los Angeles Internship Program, open to Film & Media Production majors. Those accepted spend one semester of their junior or senior year in Los Angeles, learning what it means to thrive as a Christian in the entertainment industry.

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International Production Trip

Travel overseas with the Film program, learning what it takes to tell the stories of another culture. Fulfill Taylor’s cross-cultural requirement with a camera in your hands. In past years, students have gone to Rwanda, Uganda, Guatemala, and Ecuador.

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Taylor Film Camp

High school students, get ready to plunge into the world of film production with Taylor University’s hands-on summer Film Camp. Fueled by your creativity, this high-energy, fast-paced film production week will take you from concept, to scripting, through shooting and post-production editing.

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Learn More About Our Approach

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Hannah Goebel
Class of 2019
"I credit all of my foundational knowledge of film production to the Taylor Film & Media Production program. Each class helped prepare me for entering into the film industry and the ability to stand out. My experience at Taylor as a whole helped shape who I am spiritually and who I am as a person in this world."

Taylor Students Discuss Film Classes

Directing & Cinematography

Learn advanced cinematography cameras, lights, dollies and jibs for sophisticated visual storytelling. Explore the director-cinematographer relationship.

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Narrative Filmmaking

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

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Documentary Filmmaking

Create a festival-ready documentary as a team of a producer / director, cinematographer, and editor. Follow the story from pre-production to post.

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Hone your creativity as a writer by developing fiction and nonfiction scripts for clients, documentaries, short films, and television series.

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Multi-Camera Live Production

Learn the process and techniques of making live television programming in a state-of-the-art studio setting.

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Post-Production Methods

Earn Avid Media Composer certification for editing and experience color grading using DaVinci Resolve.

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Steadicam Workshop

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

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Senior Capstone

Prepare to transition from college student to full-time employment in the film and media industry.

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Film and Media Arts Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog.

Liberal Arts Foundational Core

A Taylor liberal arts education will prepare you to live and work in a fast-changing world. It also goes a step further: laying a strong spiritual foundation that cultivates wisdom. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God’s creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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Taylor University Receives Eight Student Production Awards from Regional Emmy Organization, Six Telly Awards

Jun 05, 2023

Student filmmakers at Taylor University won eight Student Production Awards from the regional Emmy organization as well as six Telly awards. The Film & Media Arts program has won over 850 external recognitions.

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Student Project Wins Two College Television Awards

Apr 14, 2023

Film students Gabriel Burch, Ethan Ochs ‘23, Anna Rodman ‘23, and Luke Zobel ‘23 were awarded two College Television Awards for their short documentary film Lizzi: Deeper than Water.

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Taylor’s Envision Film Festival Begins Thursday

Mar 09, 2023

Taylor University’s 2023 Envision Film Festival will begin Thursday, March 9, and continue with events through Saturday, March 10.

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