Bachelor of Science in Digital Media and Cinema



120 credit hours

Program Length

as few as 48 months


Accredited by ABHE

Develop Your Expertise in Digital Media 

Are you passionate about the art of storytelling and visual communication? The bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Cinema at Columbia International University is designed to ignite your creativity and equip you with the skills to produce impactful narrative films, videos and documentaries. This program offers a unique opportunity for you to follow your interests and pursue your passion by diving deep into the world of digital media production. From screenwriting and cinematography to audio recording and video editing, you will gain proficiency in every aspect of the filmmaking process. 

Our experienced faculty will guide you through hands-on projects, allowing you to gain valuable experience in both production and postproduction settings. You will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes, shooting, lighting and editing short films and music videos, giving you practical experience and building your portfolio. But it doesn’t stop there. At Columbia International University, we go beyond the classroom. Through our exclusive 7–10 day study tour in New York City, you will have the incredible opportunity to visit the broadcast studios of major television networks, gaining a unique inside look at video production and editing from industry professionals. This firsthand experience will deepen your understanding of the industry and provide valuable networking opportunities. 

CIU’s comprehensive Communication common core will provide you with a well-rounded education, equipping you with essential disciplines that contribute to effective communication in today’s fast-paced world. Whether your dream is to work in the film industry, television or digital media production, the Digital Media & Cinema program at CIU will empower you to bring your creative visions to life and make a significant impact through the power of visual storytelling. Join us at Columbia International University and unleash your artistic potential in a dynamic and supportive environment. 

Elijah Kost

Why Choose Columbia International University

The bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Cinema at Columbia International University offers a transformative educational experience that will empower you to become a skilled communicator in the digital age while expressing Christ’s message with impact. 

In our Digital Media & Cinema program, you will delve into the world of narrative films, videos and documentaries, discovering how to create content that resonates and makes a lasting impression. From screenwriting and cinematography to audio production and video editing, you will acquire the technical expertise and artistic vision needed to bring stories to life. Our program goes beyond theory by providing hands-on experiences in both production and postproduction settings. You will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes, shooting, lighting and editing short films and music videos, honing your skills and unleashing your creativity. 

CIU offers a unique opportunity for you to learn from industry professionals and gain invaluable insights through our 7–10 day study tour in New York City. You will visit the broadcast studios of major television networks, immersing yourself in the world of video production and editing. This exclusive inside look will provide you with firsthand knowledge and inspiration that will set you apart as a digital media professional. 

Our program also emphasizes the integration of faith and learning. We believe that your creativity and passion for digital media can be powerful tools for advancing God’s Kingdom. Throughout your studies, you will explore how to infuse biblical truth into your media projects, ensuring that your work reflects Christ’s love, compassion and transformative power. Our dedicated faculty, who are experienced professionals in the industry, will guide and mentor you, helping you grow both academically and spiritually. 

The Communication common core provides a solid foundation in essential disciplines that contribute to effective communication in today’s world. From interpersonal communication and public speaking to media production and digital storytelling, you will develop a comprehensive skill set that encompasses both traditional and emerging forms of communication. This well-rounded education will prepare you to excel in a variety of career paths, including digital media production, screenwriting, video lighting, audio production and digital editing. Whether you aspire to work in the marketplace, missions or church-related ministries, our program equips you to make a meaningful impact through your creative and strategic communication skills. 

Join our vibrant community at Columbia International University, where you will find a supportive and inclusive environment that fosters your growth as a digital media storyteller. Through collaborative projects, internships and real-world experiences, you will build a robust portfolio that showcases your talent and opens doors to exciting career opportunities. As a graduate of our Digital Media & Cinema program, you will possess the skills, knowledge and character to make a positive and transformative impact in the world, using your creative abilities to bridge the gap between faith and culture. 

Invest in your future as a skilled communicator and influential storyteller. Choose Columbia International University for your bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Cinema and embark on a transformative educational journey that will shape not only your career but also your character and influence in the world. Join us and discover the power of digital media to impact lives and communicate the love and truth of Christ in a visually captivating way. 

Featured Faculty

Ken Rife

Director of Communications Programs, Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media Production

What Will I Study?

In addition to the undergraduate core, here are degree specific-courses you can expect to take:

  • COM 1500 Introduction to Social Media

    This course examines the history, development, and impact of existing social media in todays media environment. Emphasis is placed on the sustainability of the social media and its influence on communicating messages via social media. (3)

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 2150 Human Communication & Interaction

    This course is designed to help you understand the dynamics of engaging the inseparable connection between human relationship and human communication. This course will highlight the roles that interpersonal connections play in casual discussions as well as the fundamental communication concepts of today. Small group communication, interpersonal dynamics, conflict resolution, verbal and nonverbal communication, and the use of technology in communication in everyday life will be topics of the course.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 2210 History of Communication and Media

    This course is a presentation of the history of media in the United States from its early beginnings to the present emergence of the Internet, HDTV, and MP3. Through this course, you will become acquainted with all aspects of media, including the information super highway, electronic magazines, TV, film, radio, and other media formats. You will learn the events surrounding the inception of these media, the cultural significance they serve today, and the role they will have in the future.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 2220 Communication, Research, Theory, and Design

    In this course, you will focus on the theories of communication, the research techniques required to effectively gain knowledge about communication and media, and the process involved in designing, planning, and producing media. You will also explore how to implement technology that effectively employs the use of educational media and instructional technology to enhance learning, teaching, communication, and ministry.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 3470 Integrated Marketing Communication

    In this course, you will focus on the strategic process whereby an organization coordinates all of its communications activities - advertising, public relations, and marketing - into one efficient department, which provides efficiency, clarity, and consistency for the organization's total integrated marketing program.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 3510 Christians, Media, and Culture

    In this course, you will examine the various aspects of the media, including TV, film, books, and music, and explore how our faith and our culture is being presented both in positive and negative ways. You will also explore how faith, film, TV, and culture mutually influence one another. You will be expected to engage in, view with discernment, and explore relevant alternatives to the process of media and culture, with a focus on developing the ability to determine your impact on media and ultimately on culture and gaining perspective on culture, its impact on media, and ultimately on the Christian. You will be challenged with developing an active perspective toward media and its ability to create, influence, and support culture. The main skill you will practice in this course is theological criticism.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 3888 Communication Study Tour

    Section 1: Digital Media Major (NY); Section 2: Communication & Media Arts Majors (Orlando). This is a study tour (normally during spring break) that emphasizes the use of media and creativity in culture and ministry. Students will travel to key media centers in order to see and experience the integration of various aspects of media into professional ministries and organizations. Register through TraveLearn.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 4430 Professional Leadership Development

    In this course, you will examine the principles, skills, techniques, and ideas essential to developing the leadership capacity necessary for achieving success in today's world, focusing on both external relationships and understanding the tools necessary to develop a confident, professional image. You will engage in understanding your core values, writing long/short-term goals, and developing a usable and efficient resume. Time management, personal budgets, and the development of a philosophy of leadership will be emphasized.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 4930 Internship in Communication

    The Communication Internship Program is designed to provide in-depth experience in various facets of the communication field in marketplace, mission, and ministry experience environments. The program is fundamentally an educational experience. You will use observation and actual experience under the joint supervision of college faculty and experienced professionals serving as supervisors to better prepare yourself to become a world Christian who serves God with excellence in cross-cultural, church, marketplace, and other ministry roles.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 3476 Script Writing

    This is an introductory course to the art of writing for film and video production during which you will focus on structure, especially the hero's journey, archetypes, genre, and story outline. You will develop a detailed treatment before creating a short film screenplay.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 3712 Video Production

    In this course, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of video production. From the techniques required to shoot independent video to working for a television station, you will gain valuable insight into the production techniques required to become a videographer. Emphasis will be placed on terminology, concepts, elements, and techniques of video production, lighting, camera control, audio production, writing, producing, and directing.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 3717 Principles of Lighting and Cinematography

    This course is an advanced study of lighting and cinematography techniques used in the film and television industry. Using both the principles and hands-on experience working with different kinds of lighting and grip equipment, you will gain experience in creating different kinds of moods through lighting and filters. You will also explore different ways to choreograph moving camera shots and examine different types of digital film and video cameras.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 3721 Audio Production

    This course will guide you through the process of audio production, including field and studio recording, multi-track studio recording and mixing, audio for video, and the basics of acoustics and studio design. While you will use audio theory as a foundation for understanding key principles, you will focus on practical, hands-on experiences.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 4710 Digital Editing

    This course is a study of the basic terms and actions regarding the operation of a digital video-editing suite. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of video post-production, using actual raw footage to further elucidate individual functions and tie them into the overall production process.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 4714 Digital Film Production

    This course is a study of digital film production. You will examine scripting, blocking, storyboarding producing, directing, and pre-production, while focusing on actual location shooting and having hands-on, practical experience in group and individual projects. Attention to the details that set an amateur film apart from a professional digital film production will be your goal.

    3.00 credit hours
  • COM 4761 Motion Graphics

    In this course, you will examine the basic terms and processes involved in the designing of animation. You will also explore the free flowing of images, either as created by the individual or by the assembling of ideas, images, or objects.

    3.00 credit hours
For a comprehensive list of courses related to this program visit the Academic Catalog.

Accreditation and Accolades

ABHE (The Association for Biblical Higher Education)
SACSCOC (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)

Career Path Opportunities 

  • Video Producer 
  • Film Director 
  • Film Editor 
  • Film Producer 
  • Cinematographer 
  • Script Writer 
  • Digital Film Editor 
  • Video Editor 

Top FAQs

Will this major provide me with an adequate foundation in video and audio production?

Yes, the Digital Media & Cinema major at CIU offers a comprehensive curriculum that provides you with a strong foundation in video and audio production. You will learn the technical aspects of capturing high-quality video footage, recording professional-grade audio and utilizing industry-standard equipment and software. Through hands-on projects and practical training, you will develop the skills necessary to produce engaging and visually captivating content.

How will this help me to create stories for film production?

This program will equip you with the storytelling techniques and creative tools necessary to bring stories to life on the screen. You will learn the art of crafting compelling narratives, understanding character development and structuring plots. Through courses in screenwriting, you will develop the ability to create compelling scripts that captivate audiences. Additionally, you will gain practical experience in film production, working on projects that allow you to apply your storytelling skills and produce impactful films.

Can I learn the fundamentals of lighting and cinematography within this major?

Absolutely! The Digital Media & Cinema major emphasizes the fundamentals of lighting and cinematography, providing you with a solid understanding of how to effectively use lighting techniques to enhance the visual appeal of your films. You will learn about different lighting setups, color schemes and composition, allowing you to create visually stunning scenes. Through hands-on exercises and projects, you will develop the skills necessary to effectively capture and frame shots, conveying the desired mood and atmosphere.

Will I be equipped to produce and direct films?

Of course! This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to produce and direct films. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire film-making process, from pre-production to post-production. Through courses and practical projects, you will learn how to plan and manage film productions, oversee casting and rehearsals, collaborate with a production team and effectively communicate your creative vision. You will also have opportunities to showcase your directorial skills and bring your film projects to life.

Will I learn the art of storytelling through non-linear digital editing and motion graphics?

Absolutely! In the Digital Media & Cinema program, you will gain proficiency in non-linear digital editing and motion graphics. You will learn how to use industry-standard software to edit and manipulate footage, create seamless transitions, add visual effects and enhance the overall storytelling experience. Through hands-on projects, you will develop the skills necessary to craft engaging narratives through the art of editing and motion graphics, allowing you to create captivating visual experiences for your audience.

Will this program enable me to understand the communication principles and mass media theory that create effective communication strategies?

Yes, this program will provide you with a solid understanding of communication principles and mass media theory. You will study the theories and concepts that underpin effective communication strategies in today’s media landscape. Through coursework and discussions, you will explore topics such as audience analysis, media ethics, persuasion techniques and the impact of mass media on society. This knowledge will empower you to create meaningful and impactful media content that effectively communicates messages to diverse audiences.

Will this program prepare me for today’s mass, social and broadcast media marketplace?

The Digital Media & Cinema program at CIU is designed to prepare you to succeed in today’s dynamic media marketplace. You will learn how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of mass media, social media and broadcast media. Through courses and practical projects, you will develop skills in strategic communication, audience engagement, content creation and media distribution. You will also gain insights into emerging trends and technologies that shape the media industry, equipping you to adapt and thrive in a rapidly evolving digital world.


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