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.

Program Overview

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 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, Church Media, and Interactive Media.


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 to attend the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (a program by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) for a semester to further their film technique studies and to intern with a company in L.A.

At the end of the each year, CTD students are encouraged to enter their work at the ORU Student Film Festival.

MultiMedia Institute Junior Year Experience (MMI)

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 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.

During this apprenticeship 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 recording 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.


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.

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 can be financed through scholarships, grants, or school loans. Contact ORU’s Financial Aid office ( if interested. This process might need to be started as early as the beginning of the sophomore fall semester.

The 2015-2016 minimum specifications required by the software Adobe CC:

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • MacOS X v10.10, v10.11 or v10.12, Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit), or Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended)
  • 8GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation
    • All of this is found in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which has a large screen, helpful for editing.
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
    • 2.2 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz
    • 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    • 256 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
    • Intel Iris Pro Graphics

Also needed:

Students who feel they have a laptop computer that is comparable to these requirements and can run Adobe CC, need to have it approved by Mr. Bush before the spring semester of their Sophomore year.


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. 

To apply, submit the CTD Talent Award Application and a sample of your work as indicated in the application.  For more information contact professor Barreiro,


Freshman/Sophomore Classes:
  • MMC 104 Media and Pop Culture
  • INT 101 Digital Composition
  • TVF 128 Principles of Audio Production*
  • TVF 231 Principles of TV Production*
  • TVF 317 Media Analysis (also Humanities elective)
  • INT 200 Interactive Media/Web Design*
  • TVF 318 Fundamentals of Scriptwriting*
  • TFV 233 Production Software*+
  • TVF 337 Film Directing and Producing*

*Required to be completed before entering the MMI +Hardware and Software required

MMI (Junior) Classes:
  • TVF 332 Field Production and Editing
  • TVF 355 Advanced Film Directing
  • TVF 325 Cinematography
  • TVF 312 Advanced Audio
  • TVF 329 Advanced Television Production
  • TVF 457 Advanced Field Production
  • TVF 313 Lighting for TV/Film
  • TVF 314 Media Operations
  • TVF 305 Visual Media Industries
Senior Classes:
  • TVF 477 Production House
  • MMC 489 Campaign Strategies
  • TVF 499 Senior Project
  • CAM 451 Communications Internship 

Media (CTD) Minor

Students who choose to change majors and not enter the MMI but have completed the required classes for admissions would have completed the requirements for a Media Minor.


Guided by media faculty and professionals, students develop skills in:

  • Film/video production
  • Editing
  • Motion graphics for television/film
  • Audio multi-track recording, remixing, and sound effects
  • Scriptwriting
  • TV/film criticism
  • Web creation and utilization of interactive strategies
  • Production facility design
Degree Plans

Current degree plan for this major is available for download.

Professor Rafael Barreiro