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Cinematic Arts Production Major (BFA)

Study Cinematic Arts Production BFA at Azusa Pacific University

Graduate prepared for success in a highly competitive industry, trained in writing, production management, cinematography, editing, sound design, and more—along with 10 additional specialty courses focused on specific production skills. You’ll find yourself immersed in filmmaking with state-of-the-art equipment and expert instruction provided by faculty-mentors with professional experience. We’ll help you gain access to industry professionals, internships, and the vibrant cinematic arts community of Southern California as you study just 25 miles from Hollywood. 

Program at a Glance

The School of Visual and Performing Arts develops students’ talents through rich artistic experiences and comprehensive training in their chosen artistic discipline.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • March 8, 2024

Application Deadline

  • Fall 2024: February 15, 2024 (priority)
  • Spring 2024: December 1, 2023 (priority)

College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

Learn How to Apply

Program Information

  • Program Units: 73-74


  • Azusa (Main Campus)
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Yellow Ribbon and Military Friendly School

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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Assume head roles on larger budget films screened at our Hollywood Premiere Night.
  • Access and operate professional-level technical gear.
  • Explore a Christian’s role in art, culture, and the entertainment industry.
  • Participate in elaborate cinematic projects with a team.

By the Numbers

12 % Projected job increase of film and video editors and camera operators from 2021-31.
1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty Ratio

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College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

Program Details

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Cinematic Arts Production major is a robust program covering all aspects of film production that prepares graduates for employment in a highly competitive but richly compelling industry. 


Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

How to Apply

BFA in Production Scholarship Requirements

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Plan a Visit

Applicants are encouraged to visit a class or meet with one of our professors. Just fill out a COTA Visitation Form to visit us virtually! We look forward to meeting you.


For questions about the application process, contact the Department of Cinematic Arts at [email protected].

College of the Arts Cinematic Arts Scholarship

The Cinematic Arts Scholarship is a talent-based scholarship available to select incoming undergraduate students enrolled in the:

Learn more about the Cinematic Arts Scholarship and how to apply.


You might think that a private college education is beyond your reach, but there are many financial resources available to help make an Azusa Pacific education a reality. APU students may take advantage of three basic types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as or The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

Now that you’re familiar with the financial aid opportunities available to APU students, it’s time to estimate what your true cost may be to attend Azusa Pacific. Remember, estimations are only as accurate as the information you provide. Click on the Net Price Calculator button below to begin.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Laurie Leinonen

Laurie Leinonen

Assistant Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts

Greg Michael

Greg Michael

Assistant Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

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College of the Arts Hosts Industry Spotlight at Warner Bros. Studios

APU’s College of the Arts (COTA) hosted the 2023 Industry Spotlight on May 4 at the legendary Warner Bros. Studios, giving students a chance to showcase their work in front of industry talent representatives and casting directors.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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