Joining Taylor’s Film and Media Production program means becoming a part of an award-winning film, television and video production program–450+ recognitions and film festival acceptances, including twelve Crystal Pillar nominations from the regional Emmy organization in 2020.
Any good film program teaches you the skills you need–screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing, editing, sound design, and more–but far fewer do that through the intentional lens of Christian faith. At Taylor, you’ll be integrated into a filmmaking community, developing your gifts to a professional level and discovering how to combine visual storytelling with your faith in Christ.
You’ll start production classes in your first semester. During your time in the film program, you’ll shoot on exceptional technology, including Sony’s FS-5 and FS-7 for non-fiction projects and RED Weapon 8K cameras for fiction filmmaking. You’ll gain technical skills with software like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, ProTools for audio, After Effects for motion graphics and 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.
Four Taylor University films were recent winners in the National Student Production Awards, hosted by College Broadcasters Inc., including first place in the Short Film - Fiction and Short Film - Nonfiction categories. CBI is one of three organizations that recognize the best in college media nationally.
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. Taylor’s film faculty have a distinct calling to equip you as a visual storyteller.
Taylor’s Film & Media Production program is far from one-size-fits-all. We have students whose passion is the entertainment industry. If that’s you, consider applying to Taylor’s own Hollywood Internship Program.
If you’re passionate about fiction filmmaking you’ll have lots of opportunities to make films on campus using professional gear and collaborating with your classmates. Explore the world of independent filmmaking by traveling to the Sundance Film Festival trip in January.
Another plus is Taylor’s intentional commitment to documentary, non-fiction storytelling. Whether it’s an outdoor adventure film, the story of a life transformed by Christ or a tale too incredible to be true, Taylor prepares non-fiction storytellers to tell real people’s stories that can impact culture.
Perhaps you’ve thought about joining a creative advertising or marketing agency that creates great video content. Taylor’s program is especially good at preparing students to do video production for business clients, a field poised to grow significantly in the next ten years.
Taylor’s Film & Media Production program also equips you to use your skills in ministry/missions organizations or other not-for-profit organizations. If that’s your passion, consider signing up for one of our international production trips, joining the chapel production crew or interning with an organization whose passion you share.
Visit Taylor during one of our film-focused preview events. 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!). Check out our YouTube site to see lots of previous award-winning student work. For more information on our opportunities, visit our Art and Film at Taylor page.
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