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Los Angeles Film Studies Center CCCU

CCCU Off Campus Program (16 credits - 6 from the internship and 10 from seminar study)

Founded in 1991, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center is designed to train students to serve in various aspects of the film industry with both professional skill and Christian integrity.  Each semester, students live, learn, and work in L.A.  The curriculum consists of two required seminars, Hollywood Production Workshop and Theology in Hollywood, focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry.  In addition, students choose one elective course from a variety of offerings in film studies.  Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience.  The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective.  Students earn 16 semester hours of credit, 6 from the internship and 10 from seminar study. 

Must choose one elective from the electives listed below.

Course Descriptions

Faith and Artistic Development


Required core course. A class that explores the connection between the eye, the heart and the hand, this course focuses on the integration of faith and learning as well as developing the necessary skills for analysis of the culture of Hollywood.

Hollywood Production Workshop


Required core course. Students work collaboratively in groups to create a festival-ready piece, including all the legal documentation and rights to enable the finished production to qualify for festival submission. Offers students the opportunity to make a motion picture production using Hollywood locations, resources, and protocol. Emphasizes the importance of each contribution to a production, the process of production, and effective production management.

Independent Study


Elective course. Set up by special request and arrangement. In order to be considered, students must submit a portfolio and a project proposal. Students with approved projects will be appointed a mentor to supervise the project. Projects could include further development of a portfolio or reel, critical research, or a senior thesis project.

Internship: Inside Hollywood


Required core course. Nonpaying internship in some aspect of the Hollywood film or television industry, arranged by the LAFSC. Internships are primarily in an office setting such as development companies, agencies, personal management companies, production offices, etc.

Narrative Story Telling


Elective course. Concentrating on the art form of narrative storytelling, the course places special emphasis on the visual aspect of the discipline. Two tracks are offered in the course, writing and production. After the core instructional period in each track, students from both tracks are reunited and will have the opportunity to hone their narrative analysis skills, participate in workshop style labs and make two short films that demonstrate their ability to utilize storytelling theory on screen.

Professional Acting for the Camera


Elective course. An advanced workshop in the practice and process of acting for the camera aimed at students who have a desire to pursue acting as a career. Instruction includes an overview of current camera acting techniques and thorough discussion of the art of acting. Several class sessions throughout the course will be devoted to the business of acting for film and television in the Hollywood entertainment industry with an emphasis given to developing the materials and relationships necessary for a successful career.

Professional Screenwriting


Elective course. An introduction to contemporary screenwriting, including an understanding of dramatic structure, character and dialogue development, and the writing process. Students strive to complete a full-length screenplay for a feature film or “movie-of-the-week.” Emphasis is given to the role of Christian faith and values as they relate to script content.

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