Film and Media Production

Major

The Art of Visual Storytelling

If you’re serious about the arts of filmmaking and media production, you need to explore Taylor’s Film & Media Production program that recently earned its 500th external award. Join a community of creative people, passionate about film, television, video and audio production. Build skills in directing, cinematography, editing, sound design, screenwriting and producing in a top-notch 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.

Explore Multiple Interests 

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

  • Entertainment industry
  • Fiction filmmaking
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Video production for businesses
  • Nonprofit/missions filmmaking 
Use State-of-the-Art Technology

You'll start production classes in your first semester, shooting on exceptional technology and using 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

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. 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.

Film Festival Acceptances & Awards in 2021
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Wins from regional Emmy organization in 2021

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Film festival acceptances in 2021

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Broadcast competition winners

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Telly Awards for corporate production

Job Success

Visual storytelling skills are essential to modern communication, and the job outlook for Film & Media Production majors is bright. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 18% increase in the need for cinematographers and editors in the next decade and a 10% increase in the need for producers and directors.

Film & Media Production 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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Sundance Film Festival

Explore the world of independent filmmaking by traveling to the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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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 Documentary 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, and Guatemala.

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Envision Film Festival

See the best Taylor film work of the year at Taylor’s Envision Film Festival in March (and consider entering some of your best work in our high school competition!).

Work with Great Mentors

Taylor’s film faculty have a distinct calling to equip you as a visual storyteller. Our faculty are award-winning production professionals and filmmakers with an impressive list of film festival acceptances and industry recognition. Nearly all faculty projects involve students on the crew, and your own projects will benefit from direct faculty mentorship.

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Josh Adams
Class of 2017
I had numerous opportunities to further my education and experience at Taylor with on-campus jobs, in-depth assignments and professors who, at the drop of a hat, would be willing to help with anything I needed. Their dedication to their work and to us as students created an incredible environment of faith-based learning that helped us do our best work and be a witness. Taylor's Los Angeles semester prepared us so well that I received a job offer from my company before my internship was even over.

Get an Insider’s View of Your Classes

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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Producing for Clients

Join a team as producer, director, or editor and spend a semester working with a professional client. Develop an award-winning project for promotional or marketing purposes.

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Scriptwriting

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 Production Curriculum & Degree Options

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

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

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