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.

Communication Core Courses

For a complete list of requirements for this degree please see our academic catalog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

C322 3 Units

An overview of the business side of filmmaking. 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.

C231 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.

C421 3 Units

Theories and methods of evaluating persuasive communication including public address, contemporary drama and other
categories of written discourse. Prerequisite: C371

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. (Fee: $495). Note: May be repeated up to two times.

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.

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.

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

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

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 an undergraduate, bachelors degree-seeking student in the Online School of 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