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Cultivate Your Creativity

At John Paul the Great Catholic University, we believe in the power of beauty to transform culture. We’re shaping the next generation of artists and innovators with academic excellence, unparalleled creativity, and an authentic community centered on Jesus Christ.

You will learn the art of film production, producing, and screenwriting through action. You'll study your art under seasoned Hollywood professionals, who know what it takes to succeed artistically and commercially in the mainstream. The hands-on curriculum reaches its zenith with the Feature Film Program, Senior Projects, and the Los Angeles internship quarter, and you'll graduate with the skills and experience you need to make an impact in the industry.

What makes JPCatholic even more unique is that we combine this outstanding professional education with a liberal arts core curriculum. You'll have the opportunity to dive deeply into a core curriculum that includes a study of Sacred Scripture, Catholic theology, philosophy, literature, art, and music.

Choose Your Emphasis

As a Film student at JPCatholic, you'll have the opportunity starting freshman year to explore many aspects of filmmaking. As you develop your skills and interests, you can choose a specific area of emphasis to specialize your skill set.

General Education

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THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

Grow in faith and understanding with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.

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BUSINESS

Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.

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HUMANITIES

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more

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Envision Your Future at JPCatholic

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Work on Feature Length Films

JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program provides a revolutionary model of education that integrates feature film productions into the curriculum. This platform will provide students the opportunity to collaborate with alumni and professors each year in bringing a new film to life.

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Work on Feature Length Films

JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program provides a revolutionary model of education that integrates feature film productions into the curriculum. This platform will provide students the opportunity to collaborate with alumni and professors each year in bringing a new film to life.

SEE HOW IT WORKS
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Hands-on, Project-based Curriculum

In our Film programs, you’ll hone the critical skills you will need to flourish in your career as a director, cinematographer, writer, editor, or other media professional. Our hands-on curriculum focuses on creativity and action, bringing your ideas to life with excellence in every aspect of production. You’ll start creating projects in your freshman year, giving you abundant opportunities to develop your craft.

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Hands-on, Project-based Curriculum

In our Film programs, you’ll hone the critical skills you will need to flourish in your career as a director, cinematographer, writer, editor, or other media professional. Our hands-on curriculum focuses on creativity and action, bringing your ideas to life with excellence in every aspect of production. You’ll start creating projects in your freshman year, giving you abundant opportunities to develop your craft.

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Industry Standard Equipment

Our creative arts programs emphasize hands-on experience when it comes to learning your craft — that’s why we give you access to all the equipment and software you need to make your vision a reality, including camera kits, lighting and sound equipment, a motion capture suit, a full soundstage equipped with a lighting grid, editing labs with industry standard software, and more.

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Industry Standard Equipment

Our creative arts programs emphasize hands-on experience when it comes to learning your craft — that’s why we give you access to all the equipment and software you need to make your vision a reality, including camera kits, lighting and sound equipment, a motion capture suit, a full soundstage equipped with a lighting grid, editing labs with industry standard software, and more.

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Senior Projects

Bring together everything you’ve learned with a capstone project over your entire senior year. Take your production values to the next level by raising money, hiring actors, and collaborating with your talented peers. Whether you choose a short film, TV pilot, web series, or documentary, you’ll graduate with a high quality project to submit to festivals and use as a calling card in the industry.

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Senior Projects

Bring together everything you’ve learned with a capstone project over your entire senior year. Take your production values to the next level by raising money, hiring actors, and collaborating with your talented peers. Whether you choose a short film, TV pilot, web series, or documentary, you’ll graduate with a high quality project to submit to festivals and use as a calling card in the industry.

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Located in San Diego County

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

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Quarter in L.A.

As upperclassmen, media students have the opportunity to live in Burbank for a quarter, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 8 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

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Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Get an Inside Look

Day in the Life on a Feature Film, O, Brawling Love!

Director Case Study: JPCatholic's Class on Christopher Nolan

Prof. Nathan Scoggins: Why do stories impact us? | Crash Course in Storytelling

Why I Left My "Practical" Degree to go to Film School

Nicolas Alayo: Growing with Other Artists | Why We Create

Director's Notebook: Senior Thesis Project "Unspoken"

Shayla Millman: Telling Stories That Impact Lives

Using MoCap to Composite a Robot | Compositing Class

How to Get Christian Themes Greenlit | Impacting Culture Speaker Series

Meet the Faculty

JPCatholic’s professors have a wealth of experience, and many still actively work in the industry.

Chris Riley

Chris Riley

Professor of Story

Vernon Mortensen

Vernon Mortensen

Professor of Film Producing & Distribution

Paul Rugg

Paul Rugg

Adjunct Professor of Actomg

George Simon

George Simon

Professor of Film Production & Chair of Communications Media

Nathan Scoggins

Nathan Scoggins

Professor of Film

Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn

Professor of Film Production

Sheryl Anderson

Sheryl Anderson

Visiting Professor of TV Writing

Bill Marsilii

Bill Marsilii

Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting

Shun Lee Fong

Shun Lee Fong

Adjunct Professor of Media Law

Mark Henry

Mark Henry

Adjunct Professor of Film Production

Ray Siposs

Ray Siposs

Adjunct Professor of Film and TV Production

Melinda Simon

Melinda Simon

Adjunct Professor of Post Production

Hear from Students

Mark Westin

Mark Westin

Class of 2023

“The film program at JPCatholic is incredible. I’ve had endless opportunities to advance my skill set with practical experience on sets. This has greatly accelerated my learning and understanding of film, as well as helped me build some great friendships with some very talented people. The people here at JPCatholic create such a great atmosphere of Christian values, it’s nice knowing that everyone here is ultimately trying to get to the same place, regardless of major, and they’re more than willing to help you get there.”

Elizabeth DeWitt

Elizabeth DeWitt

Class of 2024

“As a newly graduated high-schooler, I had no idea what film school would be like, but I would never have expected to be presented with the opportunities I have been since coming to JPCatholic. I was immediately welcomed by upperclassmen who have given me jobs on their sets, professors who are willing to set aside whatever they’re doing to have a conversation, and priests who care deeply about each person they interact with. I’ve only been here for one short month, but I am convinced there is truly no other place like JPCatholic. GO PELICANS!”

Adam Buffini

Adam Buffini

Class of 2023

“Post production has always been fun for me because of the challenge of putting a story together and putting the finishing strokes on a combined effort. I’ve come to find that the people I get to learn from and work with are as inspiring to me as the projects themselves. I think that’s what makes editing special to me.”

Andrew Ricci

Andrew Ricci

Class of 2022

“There are so many different kinds of people you’ll find here at JPCatholic. But even though the people here come from their respective cultures and backgrounds, we all have one thing in common; We hunger to create. And by creating, we grow, not only intellectually, but spiritually too.”

Marylin Muro

Marylin Muro

Class of 2021

“JPCatholic has opened doors for me that I never thought would be possible, and I truly learned how much I could impact culture through Christ with Film!”

Cian Magner

Cian Magner

Class of 2021

“Being able to study filmmaking is a dream come true, and I'm fascinated by every step of the process. The writing, the directing, the set design, the lighting; everything plays a part in the story being communicated, and it's so satisfying to see it all come together in the end. I'm really thankful to be pursuing this career, and especially thankful for all the super talented people I've been fortunate enough to work with and befriend along the way. Being able to tell stories with the people you love - that's what it's all about.”

Mark Westin

Mark Westin

Class of 2023

“The film program at JPCatholic is incredible. I’ve had endless opportunities to advance my skill set with practical experience on sets. This has greatly accelerated my learning and understanding of film, as well as helped me build some great friendships with some very talented people. The people here at JPCatholic create such a great atmosphere of Christian values, it’s nice knowing that everyone here is ultimately trying to get to the same place, regardless of major, and they’re more than willing to help you get there.”

Elizabeth DeWitt

Elizabeth DeWitt

Class of 2024

“As a newly graduated high-schooler, I had no idea what film school would be like, but I would never have expected to be presented with the opportunities I have been since coming to JPCatholic. I was immediately welcomed by upperclassmen who have given me jobs on their sets, professors who are willing to set aside whatever they’re doing to have a conversation, and priests who care deeply about each person they interact with. I’ve only been here for one short month, but I am convinced there is truly no other place like JPCatholic. GO PELICANS!”

Adam Buffini

Adam Buffini

Class of 2023

“Post production has always been fun for me because of the challenge of putting a story together and putting the finishing strokes on a combined effort. I’ve come to find that the people I get to learn from and work with are as inspiring to me as the projects themselves. I think that’s what makes editing special to me.”

Andrew Ricci

Andrew Ricci

Class of 2022

“There are so many different kinds of people you’ll find here at JPCatholic. But even though the people here come from their respective cultures and backgrounds, we all have one thing in common; We hunger to create. And by creating, we grow, not only intellectually, but spiritually too.”

Marylin Muro

Marylin Muro

Class of 2021

“JPCatholic has opened doors for me that I never thought would be possible, and I truly learned how much I could impact culture through Christ with Film!”

Cian Magner

Cian Magner

Class of 2021

“Being able to study filmmaking is a dream come true, and I'm fascinated by every step of the process. The writing, the directing, the set design, the lighting; everything plays a part in the story being communicated, and it's so satisfying to see it all come together in the end. I'm really thankful to be pursuing this career, and especially thankful for all the super talented people I've been fortunate enough to work with and befriend along the way. Being able to tell stories with the people you love - that's what it's all about.”


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Story Masters Film Academy is an online education platform founded by screenwriting alumna Tara Stone and two JPCatholic faculty, Prof. Chris Riley and Prof. Nathan Scoggins. Story Masters offers online courses in screenwriting and directing for high school students; JPCatholic has partnered with Story Masters to make these two courses eligible toward transfer credit at JPCatholic.

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Start Learning Now

Story Masters Film Academy is an online education platform founded by screenwriting alumna Tara Stone and two JPCatholic faculty, Prof. Chris Riley and Prof. Nathan Scoggins. Story Masters offers online courses in screenwriting and directing for high school students; JPCatholic has partnered with Story Masters to make these two courses eligible toward transfer credit at JPCatholic.

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FEATURED PROJECT

Scout: A Star Wars Story

Scout: A Star Wars Story tells the tale of Dax Orrell, a soldier on The Forest Moon of Endor, during Return of the Jedi. Dax wakes up in a daze, unaware of where he is or where his battalion has gone. He radios for assistance but is greeted by ghastly silence, so, he decides to make his way toward the sounds of distant blaster fire. Along this path Dax encounters his hubris, an Imperial Biker Scout, dead-set on stopping Dax in his tracks. The two square off in an epic, gritty, dirt and bark filled conflict, and… well you’re gonna have to wait and see how it ends.

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