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The La Sierra University Advantage

La Sierra University’s Film & Television Production students take a strong core of required courses in editing, acting, scriptwriting, and cinematography. In addition, students will also select classes from a list of electives and within a specific concentration. This approach ensures that each graduate has a solid grasp of the fundamentals of film and television production while also having the flexibility to focus more fully on a chosen field. Make Real Films

Employment Outlook

Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of writers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite slower-than-average employment growth, online platforms are growing in number and sophistication, spurring demand for writers with Web and multimedia experience.

Why Study Film & Television?

The core value of learning to tell stories with images is that you can speak the common language of the human race and use that ability to be successful in any endeavor you undertake - business, medicine, law, pastoring, teaching, farming - any endeavor you choose.

Every course in the new film major at La Sierra University teaches the value of a particular craft from the point of view of storytelling.  How does editing enable you to tell better stories? How about scriptwriting? How about cinematography? Every craft you learn improves your ability to tell stories with a universal power to heal. 

Film & Television Production Undergraduate Programs

INDIVIDUALIZED Bachelor of Fine Arts

A B.F.A. degree in Film & Television Production: Individualized, allows students the flexibility to create their own area of emphasis within the BFA degree by selecting courses from any University department. This emphasis should be created by the individual student in conjunction with their film advisor and must be approved by La Sierra Film faculty by no later than fall quarter of the student's junior year.

Fast Facts Film & Television Production: Individualized

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units100

Dear story tellers:

The future - the end of the story - can be predicted by the past - the beginning of the story - but there's always room for a twist in the middle. Our choices, more than any other single factor, determine the course our lives take.  Will we say yes, or no, to the call to adventure? It's the compassion of our heart that softens the harshness of our head's view of the world.  It's the intelligence of our minds that allows our hearts to move beyond sentiment and take effective action. All of these 'philosophical' truisms are best taught using the language of stories.

Storytelling is the language that heals the rift between our heads and our hearts.  Whatever pain you personally face, whatever pain society faces, storytelling is and has been the language of healing and understanding. This is part of the reason why today storytelling is the fundamental language that all cultures on the earth can understand.

Production Bachelor of Fine Arts

B.F.A. degree in Film & Television Production with an emphasis in Production gives students a strong general background in many aspects of film production. It prepares students for careers working with independent films, independent television, documentaries, industrials and web series. This degree also serves as an excellent foundation for students pursuing graduate studies in a specialized area such as directing, camera operation or editing.

SCRIPT WRITING Bachelor of Fine Arts

A B.F.A. degree in Film & Television Production with an emphasis in Script Writing prepares students for careers writing for studios, feature films, television, animation, video games, commercials and/or web series. This degree also serves as an excellent foundation for students pursuing graduate studies in writing or any profession, such as Public Relations or Business, which requires effective communication of a message.

Fast Facts film & Television Production: Production

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units100

Fast Facts Film & Television Production: Script Writing

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units100

Made by La Sierra Film Students! Behind The Scenes of "The Butterfly, The Harp, and The Timepiece"

Check out a short cut by our students on a trip to los angeles with the Art Department.

Meet our Faculty

Rodney Vance
Carrie Specht
Stew Harty
Christopher Silber
Jordi Ros
Jeremy Vannix

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Contact and Location


Palmer Hall, Room 218