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Christian Film Schools in Texas

This article looks at film schools in Texas that are Christian-affiliated. Many colleges offer digital media programs, but these schools specifically offer courses in film production, while focusing on faith-based instruction.

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Christian colleges in Texas have many degree program options. This article focuses on some of the schools that provide film, cinematic arts, and multimedia arts programs to their students. All of these schools focus education around Christian values and activities.

School Comparison

The following table displays some of the tuition costs for Texas film schools. These Christian colleges are each affiliated with a different denomination.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Baylor University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Waco, TX $43,790
Abilene Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit Churches of Christ Abilene, TX $33,330
Southwestern Assemblies of God University 4-year, private not-for-profit Assembly of God Waxahachie, TX $19,994
Southern Methodist University 4-year, private not-for-profit United Methodist Dallas, TX $52,498
Houston Baptist University 4-year, private not-for-profit Southern Baptist Houston, TX $31,730

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Overview of Christian Film Schools in Texas

The following colleges all combine education with spiritual formation. Many of the colleges have chapel attendance requirements, but all have programs that focus on film and multimedia arts.

Baylor University

In Waco, TX, Baylor University offers a major in film and digital media. While this is for film students, this program also caters to those interested in working in broadcasting and radio. Students can expect to take courses in set management, production methods, lighting and cinematography, screenwriting, and post-production. Each year, the Black Glasses Film Festival is organized by students and showcases their films. Chapel attendance is required twice a week for two semesters throughout an academic program. Each student is assigned a specific time to attend. Students can take part in Christian activities and organizations as well, with groups like the Good Neighbor Project, the Men for Change, and the Mindfulness BU clubs.

Abilene Christian College

For those interested in film at Abilene Christian College, the Bachelor of Science in Multimedia is a good choice. In this program, students learn all about interactive media and video production, along with print and web design. This 128-credit program looks at courses in broadcast production, photography, media issues, communication law, video production, documentary storytelling, and digital entertainment. Christian formation is a strong part of Abilene, as 55 spiritual formation credits (QUEST) are required each semester for full-time students. These credits can be earned through chapel attendance, Bible study or other QUEST-approved events.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU)

Each year, SAGU faculty put together a devotional for students to study. This includes scripture, devotions, and meditation questions. Along with the devotional, chapel can be attended on campus or streamed live online Tuesday through Friday. SAGU provides four residence halls and on-campus apartments for married students. The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts is offered for those interested in film and broadcasting. First-time students who want to major in digital media arts can apply for the $500 per semester scholarship to help with tuition costs.

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University (SMU) offers two baccalaureate degrees in film and media arts: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). As part of the Meadows School of the Arts, students can seek out peers of any of the 11 areas of art study to collaborate with, such as using a fellow artist to help with set design, a theater student to act in a short film, or a music student to help compose a theme for a film project. Upon completion of the program (or for those who want to extend their film degree), SMU offers the Master of Arts in Popular Film and Media Studies. This is the only program in the U.S. that focuses on the relationship between popular film and culture. Chaplains are placed in residence halls, and worship meets weekly.

Houston Baptist University

Students can live in any of the student apartments, residence halls or living-learning communities on Houston Baptist University's campus. The Community Life + Worship program is an 80-credit requirement for all undergraduate students. Fifty of those hours must be earned through attendance at Convocation, which is service/chapel. For your film interests, you can earn the BFA in Cinematic Arts or the BA in Mass Media Arts. The BFA in Cinematic Arts program takes a look at film and theater throughout history, and often includes a summer internship in Hollywood, CA. Some courses that you could take include faith, culture, and the arts; the art of storytelling; cinematic core principles; media and careers; editing; cinematography; casting; and visual effects.

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