banner image

Cinematic Arts Major

Study Cinematic Arts at Azusa Pacific University

Immerse yourself in hands-on filmmaking with state-of-the-art equipment and expert instruction 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. You’ll graduate prepared for success in the film industry, trained in writing, production, post-production, criticism, animation, and more, along with speciality training in one of three concentrations.

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: 46-49


  • Azusa (Main Campus)
Yellow ribbon icon

Yellow Ribbon and Military Friendly School

Student smiling

Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Practice artistic excellence in your storytelling technique.
  • Access and operate professional-level technical gear.
  • Explore a Christian’s role in art, culture, and the entertainment industry.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
#8 on the 2023 Most Well Attended Bible Majors in California ranking

Get Started

College of the Arts requires a secondary application via GetAcceptd.

Program Details

Azusa Pacific University’s Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts is a comprehensive program that allows students to develop a spiritually aware, critical, and creative outlook. The cinematic arts major consists of nine core courses that form a common foundation of cinematic arts knowledge integrated with six additional specialty courses in one of three concentrations.


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

Priority Deadlines

Fall 2024 Applicants

February 15, 2024, is the priority deadline for the Fall 2024 BA in Cinematic Arts Scholarship Application. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application and their Get Acceptd application by the deadline to ensure consideration.

Spring 2024 Applicants

December 1, 2023, is the priority deadline for the Spring 2024 BA in Cinematic Arts Scholarship Application. Students must complete their APU Undergraduate Application and their Get Acceptd application by the deadline to ensure consideration.

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.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Select an option below:

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.

Net Price Calculator

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.

Net Price Calculator


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

Cheryl McKay Price

Cheryl McKay Price

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts

Chris Masi

Chris Masi

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts

Ryan Izay

Ryan Izay

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Spotlight theater sign

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.

Related Programs

Animation and Visual Effects Major

  • Azusa

Available Concentrations:

Animation, Visual Effects