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Training the next generation of artists

TMU’s Cinema and Digital Arts (CDA) program equips students with the tools needed to compete in the evolving world of mass media. Our program is unique in that it teams students with industry professionals, giving them the opportunity to create productions on par with the entertainment industry. We are also distinct in our philosophy, training the next generation of artists to recognize God as the ultimate creative force and to reflect this knowledge in what (and how) they create.

Our course offerings provide a conceptual framework for CDA alongside practical experience in the field. The program has created award-winning film productions that have received industry notoriety and been distributed on platforms like UPtv. Our location in Southern California allows us access to industry professionals in various arenas of media, securing noted guest speakers and prime internships. As a result of all this, our students graduate with knowledge of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field, and they are credited on quality productions that can be used on resumes and production reels.

*courses subject to change

Communication Core Courses

C211 3 Units

Study of the communicative function of the mass media and the impact of films, radio, television, newspapers,
magazines, and books on society

C472 3 Units

CAPSTONE CLASS (SPEECH). Theories and methods of evaluating persuasive communication including public
address, contemporary drama, and other categories of written discourse. Prerequisite: C371 or C391.

One of the Following
C371 3 Units

Analysis of the theory and practice of the process of interpersonal communication including verbal and nonverbal messages, self-disclosure, social power, intimacy, emotions, conflict reduction, and various interpersonal relationships.

C391 3 Units

Analysis of theories and techniques of the process of communication between persons of different cultures or subcultures.

One of the following
C254 3 Units

An exploration of journal keeping and autobiographical writing. Students will read and write various types of personal essays and memoirs and share them in small group settings.

C321 3 Units

An introduction to the styles, techniques, content, and forms of screenwriting. Student work is considered for the
department annual short film production.

C351 3 Units

Students will study the extended short story form (novella), including plot, characterization, and dialogue. The course
will include regular writing for peer review, offering ample time for revision and completion of a polished extended
short story (novella).

C261 3 Units

Students are introduced to the basics of professional journalism to gain an understanding of how a publication works; develop instincts as an interviewer, reporter, and writer; and understand the various genres associated with journalistic writing. Students will also learn to develop editing skills by using the Associated Press Stylebook and write on deadline to prepare for writing for the campus publication and beyond.

One of the Following
C382 3 Units

Theories and techniques of social influence. Course content includes motivation, attitude change, ethics, credibility,
nonverbal persuasion, logic and argumentation, emotions, and cultural influences.

C481 3 Units

Theories of argumentation including the analysis of propositions, issues, evidence, and reasoning. Training and
experience in debate forms.

Cinema & Digital Arts Emphasis Courses

C181 3 Units

The world of cinematography is a constant battle between the technical and the artistic. This course is designed to
approach both by studying cameras, lenses, lighting and color, and camera movement. This course will cover both the theory and practical application of cinematography.

C202 3 Units

A study of film from its early conceptual stages to its familiar modern format. Also included will be film’s influence on society and the biblical response.

C321 3 Units

Students will learn the fundamentals of non-linear editing. They will learn the technical aspects required by the film and television industry, the basics of assistant editing, and workflows.

C311 3 Units

Introduction to the video technical language and creative and aesthetic elements of the production process. Student will gain understanding of lighting, sound, camera operation, composition, and design of visual elements.

C312 3 Units

A continuation of the subjects of Video Production I. Prerequisite: C311.

C322 3 Units

An overview of the business side of film making. Topics include producing, financing, distribution, marketing, contracts, and other legal issues, working with studios, and the history of the film business. Also included will be a discussion of the art versus profit dilemma, and important films that changed the industry.

C331 3 Units

This course will examine the entrepreneurial power shift in the world of business and what it means for media
practitioners, entrepreneurs, and technologists. The disruptive nature of the Internet, open source technologies, and lower barriers-to-entry have prompted a shift in the power from large media companies toward smaller organizations and individuals.

C401 3 Units

Concentration on the principles and aptitudes of planning and picturization of script material, culminating in the
production and editing of various projects. Prerequisite: C312, C321, C322, C331.

C402 3 Units

CAPSTONE CLASS (CINEMA & DIGITAL ARTS). An advanced course in production. Students will have the
opportunity to create and produce a short film with a professional film crew. Prerequisite: C401. Course fee: $350.00

Four of the Following
C122 3 Units

An introduction to the dynamics of technologically mediated social discourse with a look at both individual implications as well as larger processes within society including culture, polity, and commercial enterprise.

C132 3 Units

An exploration of podcasting as a form of journalism. Students will be introduced to the various types of podcasts and podcast outlets. They will work with classmates to research a podcast concept and then regularly produce and publish it. Components of marketing and attracting subscribers will also be discussed. Computer expertise is not required.

C191 3 Units

In a day and age when on-the-street experiences are documented and shared worldwide, this class will explore the best go-to tool: the phone in your pocket. Students will create ready-to-be-viewed short video productions using minimalist technology. Throughout the course, students will focus on elements such as story structure, camera angle, lighting, editing, and sound. Finished productions will be viewed and critiqued by peers and the instructor.

C232 3 Units

Students will discuss the theory of editing. They will learn the elements that give a cut emotion and the properties that
direct the viewers’ attention. Above all, students will be challenged to find and create story from the footage. Students enrolled in this course will edit the department’s annual short film production. Prerequisite: C231.

C303 3 Units
C328 3 Units

Students build on the principles learned in C321. Students will complete a developed screenplay (short). Prerequisite C321

C348 3 Units

This course will teach students the concepts and skills in the area of content marketing. Students will gain theoretical
and practical knowledge while actively working on promoting a film in production. This will allow students to gain real-world experience in the who, what, when, where, and why of content marketing. Prerequisite: Professor approval.

C361 3 Units

This class will explore the stylized genre known as Film Noir. This dramatic form of film storytelling peaked in American cinema during the 1930s-50s. Students will study selected films to explore the political and artistic elements of the genre and its impact on cinema.

C373 3 Units

This class introduces the students to the concepts of Desktop Publishing. Topics covered will include color theory, page layout, composition, print requirements, and other production-related techniques. The applications used in this class are Adobe™ Photoshop™ for image editing, Adobe™ Illustrator™ for logo design, and Adobe™ InDesign™ for page layout and composition.

C374 3 Units

The Western is the oldest American film genre. It has served as one of the most important mediums for delivering the myth of the romanticized American frontier. The course surveys the development of the Western film genre and sets it in a historical and cultural context. The class will survey feature films and books that help to put into context the genre’s importance in history—both culturally and politically.

C394 3 Units
C399 3 Units

A crash course in the exciting world of film production. Students will have the opportunity to learn about all the major facets of making a movie, including screenwriting, casting, directing, and producing. The course will culminate with the students working alongside a professional crew to produce a short film. Note: May be repeated up to two times

C430 3 Units

Students find placement in communication-related departments or firms (film studios, television stations, radio stations, newspapers, advertising companies, public relations firms, etc.). Fifteen hours per week for 3 units. A comprehensive final report completes coursework. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, B average or higher in communication courses, and permission from an instructor.

C482 3 Units

This course explores the history and impact of the graphic novel, both as a form of entertainment and social/cultural
commentary. Additionally, the course will explore the process of creating a graphic novel and of visual storytelling. Students will participate in the creation of a graphic novel concept. Prerequisite: C351

MU223 3 Units

Exploration of sound, acoustics, and sound systems, including system processors and signal processing; building a live mix; and producing live sound for worship, theater, concert, and corporate events.

MU251 3 Units
MU354 3 Units

The study of sound editing techniques using Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Pro Tools as it applies to modern
media: film, television, radio, etc. Prerequisite: MU251.

MU355 3 Units

The study of sound mixing techniques using DAWs like Pro Tools as it applies to modern media: film, television, radio,
music, etc. Prerequisite: MU354.

MU404 3 Units

Live recording and studio recording techniques. Prerequisite: MU251.

MU426 3 Units

Final studio course involving increased independence at the workstation. Attention will be given to the senior project

Career Outcomes
  • Producer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Public Relations
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Audio/Video Director
  • Film/TV Editor
  • Film Critic

The Master’s University is committed to providing quality Christian education to believers around the world.

To be admitted as a graduate, degree-seeking student in the School of Online Education, you must meet the following requirements:*

  • Have a clear profession of faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. 
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate. 
  • Demonstrate college-level writing ability. 
  • Submit official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended.
Total Number of Credit Hours
Months (Full time, not including GE Requirements)
Per Credit (Major Courses)
Total Avg. Cost (Not Including GE Requirements)
8-week, 100% Online
*Does not include financial aid