What Is a Digital Film Degree in Film Production?
A film and video production degree program in digital production takes students behind the camera for an in-depth look at modern cinematography and narrative storytelling. Explore the business side of cinema, including the essentials of finance, budgets, and distribution. Offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production, students develop foundational knowledge in technical film production that translates to small-scale projects and major motion pictures alike. Examine the aesthetic aspects of narrative story development in multiple genres of film, from music videos to documentaries.
Film production requires a unique blend of creativity and technical expertise. From the early days of silent films to modern digital creations, film has remained a dynamic medium that’s ideal for talented storytellers. You can pursue your passion for the arts and entertainment field with the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production degree at Grand Canyon University on campus or online. The faculty members for this film degree are experts in their respective fields, and you benefit from collaborative interactions with other film students as you work toward realizing your career ambitions.
Why Earn Your Digital Film Degree in Production at GCU?
GCU’s on-campus or online bachelor's in digital film and video production opens up a world of possibilities for students with a passion for the arts and entertainment field. Film degree students learn how to thrive as members of a film production team. The curriculum encourages students to develop professional communication skills, leadership qualities, critical reasoning abilities and ethical decision-making skills.
This Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film degree requires a total of 120 credits for completion. Students may elect to take courses on campus or online via our robust, interactive learning platform.
What You Will Learn
Film production students start with a broad survey of cinema, including its history and aesthetics. Other courses included with this degree program include:
- Audio Production for Cinema and Television
- Film Production Management
- Nonlinear Editing
- Professional Success within the Fine Arts
Senior students work on advanced projects to apply their knowledge to hands-on, real-world situations. The on-campus or online digital film and video production degree concludes with the Digital Production Practicum, in which students complete a professional-level, short digital film.
Careers With a Film and Video Production Degree
Arts and entertainment is a dynamic career field, full of diverse possibilities for qualified job candidates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for film and video editors from 2016 through 2026 is 13%, which is faster than average**. The job outlook for producers and directors in that same time period is projected to be 12%, which is also faster than the average rate of growth**. Whether you choose to pursue a career in film production or television, there are several job opportunities that may be related to this film production degree, such as:
- Sound mixer
- Director (film, television, industrial)
- Video producer (film, television, industrial)
- Camera operator (film, television, single camera, multi-camera)
- Editor (picture, sound)
In the world of TV and film production, it’s common for new film degree graduates to get their foot in the door by first working as an intern or production assistant. GCU strives to graduate Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film with an Emphasis in Production students who are skilled communicators and networkers, which may be beneficial as they work toward their career goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
*Retrieved from Intelligent.com, “The Best Online Film Degree Program” in March 2020
**COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2020, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.