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Film Studies

  • Available as a concentration
    Films have the power to communicate directly to the soul — inspiring, encouraging, challenging the status quo. As a Christian in the film industry, you will have the skills and resources needed to be a positive influence in the world of entertainment.
  •  At Olivet, you will receive the training, theory and experience needed to set you up for a successful career within the film industry.

    Film Studies is a concentration for Multimedia Studies.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Produce short films, music videos, news programs and other creative projects. 
    • Learn how to write a script and organize a production, shoot it, and edit the final version. 
    • Use cameras from our fleet of high-end video cameras, including HD, beginning your freshman year and work in editing labs equipped with the industry-leading software packages, AVID and Final Cut Pro software. 
    • And so much more!

    Benefit from the skills and knowledge of professors who are already successful in the professional world.  

    • Professor Mark Bishop has worked as a weather broadcaster for TV networks in Chicago; Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.; and Rockford, Ill.
    • Professor Jerry Cohagan has performed in theatre productions and commercials nationwide. 
    • Professor Carl Fletcher contributes his many years of radio broadcasting to help lead Olivet’s Shine.FM contemporary Christian radio station. 
    • Professor Thalyta Swanepoel is a seasoned journalist who enjoyed a successful career in her native South Africa before joining Olivet’s faculty.

    Spend a semester in Los Angeles at the L.A. Film Studies Center (LAFSC), earning credit toward your Olivet degree. Take film courses and intern on a movie set, television show or at an animation center.


    This major requires you to complete an internship. Check out our recommendations or find your own exciting opportunities.

    Previous internships include: Warner Brothers; Paramount Pictures; Sony Pictures Imageworks; Ridley Scott & Associates; Sander Moses Productions; International Creative Management; Starz Media Group-Film Roman; Trailer Park; “Driving Force” (A&E); Greenhouse Productions; Hollywood Connect; Hollywood Prayer Network; New Link Media (; Special Effects Unlimited; American Humane Association; and others.


    If you:  

    • like movies and want to make them
    • believe that the movie industry needs talented, committed Christians
    • want to use your writing, audio, camera or editing skills in a visual medium

    then prepare for a career in the film industry – directing, casting, set-building, filming, acting.

    Possible film studies careers: actor, producer, director, screenwriter, set designer, technician, camera operator, cinematographer, art director, background artist, boom operator, casting director, color consultant, construction coordinator, editor, production manager, production assistant, property master, sound designer, technical advisor

    Film Studies is part of the Department of Communication, within the School of Professional Studies. 

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  • Spend a semester in Los Angeles at the L.A. Film Studies Center, earning credit toward your Olivet degree.

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