Cinema, TV and Digital Media
Bachelor of Science Degree
The university's founder, Oral Roberts, received a commission from God to go to the
uttermost bounds of the earth with His message. Today, we continue to work towards
this goal, preparing whole-person students to enter the entertainment industry and
lead in the world of media.
The Cinema/Television/Digital Media major (CTD) builds professionals for the ever-changing world of media production. Blending theoretical, technical, and creative aspects, students solidify their learning with extensive hands-on practical experience.
Students who complete the CTD major are equipped with a broad set of skills allowing
them to enter the workforce in a wide variety of areas, such as Film, Television,
Video Production, Audio Production, Church Media, and Digital Media.
ORU DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
During the first two years, the focus is on the foundational courses in media, communication theory, and liberal arts. As juniors, CTD students enter the MultiMedia Institute (MMI) for a year of intense training requiring a commitment of forty (40) hours a week, Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and some weekends! In addition to advanced media classes, and immersing themselves in media projects, students gain insights from guest presenters, practicums, workshops, and field trips. A combination of academia and out of the classroom work turns these students into media professionals.
The final year includes a Senior Project, an internship, and a capstone course that includes students across several majors to develop, create, and deliver a marketing campaign to a real world client. Select students may choose, for a semester, to attend the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (a program by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) to further their film technique studies and to intern with a company in the L.A. area.
At the end of the each year, CTD students are encouraged to enter their work at the ORU Film Gala.
MultiMedia Institute Junior Year Experience (MMI)
ORU’s Multi Media Institute (MMI) is a unique program that allows students to dive deeper into the world of Cinema, Television and Digital Media. During this year packed with over 30 credit hours of advanced course work, the MMI students have the same class schedule allowing for the flexibility to accommodate productions and generating a valuable bonding experience that builds relationships that last a lifetime, which are at the very core of success in this type of business. These relationships are especially strengthened as they spend a weekend in the Ozark Mountains at the Petra Fields log cabin for the MMI Fall Retreat: three days surrounded by nature, experimenting with cameras, sharing around the campfire, and seeking God and His vision for their lives.
In addition to the class projects, students develop competencies working on real world projects such as the ORU Chapel Services, multi-camera broadcasting of ORU Theatre productions, and other opportunities unique to each semester. The guest speakers bring fresh perspective and advice on preparing for a job in the industry, and local field trips to TV stations and production companies allow for an inside first-hand look at life as a professional.
In the Spring, the MMI students travel west to attend the National Association of Broadcasters expo (NABshow) in Las Vegas, Nevada, where over one million square feet hosts vendors with the latest technology in every sector of the media industry. At the NAB, students find their products for a class project, as well as experience first-hand relating to vendors in the industry. The same trip continues to Hollywood, California, where they meet with Christian industry professionals, hold prayer walks at different studios and Hollywood sites, attend live recordings, visit production companies and take backstage studio tours.
Students apply for entrance into this selective program during February of their sophomore year. Following the interview process, successful candidates are inducted into the MMI at the end of the spring semester. After the Summer break, the new MMI students return to school a few days earlier to undertake the MMI Bootcamp: three full days of training and team building.
As stated in the Student Handbook, ORU expects students to own a computer while attending the University. For the Cinema/Television/Digital Media program, this computer needs to be a laptop powerful enough to run the software necessary for video editing, motion graphics, and web design. Click HERE for more information
Students will be required to own this laptop computer by the beginning of their sophomore spring semester in order to take the course TVF 233 Production Software.
The computer may be financed through scholarships, grants, or school loans. (Contact ORU’s Financial Aid office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested. This process might need to be started as early as the beginning of the sophomore fall semester.)
- External hard drive 1 TB with at least a USB 3.0 port and 7200 RPM
- Adobe Creative Cloud. (This is a monthly membership. Look for the student price.) https://creative.adobe.com/plans
ORU offers the CTD Talent Award Scholarship for incoming students (Freshman or Transfer) who choose to major in CTD. The award ranges from $500 to $2000 per year and it is renewable for up to four years.
Guided by media faculty and professionals, students will leave ORU fully equipped to work in Film, Television, Church Media, Digital Media and Audio. During the CTD course, they will develop a wide variety of skill sets allowing them to pursue their desired media route whilst understanding all other areas of these industries. Skills will include but are not limited to:
- Film/ TV Production
- Film/ TV Directing
- Advanced Camera Skills
- Motion graphics for Film/ TV
- Audio multi-track recording, remixing, and sound effects
- Professional Lighting
- Grip Work
- Film/ TV criticism
- Web creation and utilization of interactive strategies
- Production facility design
Media (CTD) Minor
To gain a Media Minor students will need to gain 18 credits from at least two of the following groups
GROUP 1 - Theory
MMC 104 - Media and Pop Culture
GROUP 2 - Writing
JRN 107 - Newswriting I
GROUP 3 - Practical
INT 101 - Digital Composition
Current degree plan for this major is available for download.