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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

THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

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

BUSINESS

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

HUMANITIES

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

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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

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.

SEE EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES

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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Study Abroad

JPCatholic offers a unique model of study abroad with a variety of destinations. Each trip is an interactive academic experience that starts with ten weeks of classroom instruction on-campus here in Escondido and culminates in a week or two of travel led by the professor. Destinations may be international or domestic, and each course is specially designed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience to the student.

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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.

SEE STUDENT STORIES

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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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

Colin Brady

Colin Brady

Adjunct Professor of Animation

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

Testimonials

“Going to JPCatholic was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my entire life - not only for the educational piece but also because of the people I encountered going there. They are my rocks, my support system, they are my family.”

Danielle Badillo
Class of 2010
Media Production Specialist - Santa Rosa Academy

“The quality of education here at JPCatholic is something to marvel at. This is a place where working industry professionals teach you how to excel on a professional and personal level. It is an incredible experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world.”

Chas Baines
Class of 2015

“Besides equipping me with production skills, JPCatholic really prepared me for the work I’m doing by teaching me to depend on God and by showing me the value of asking questions and by challenging me to get hands-on experience.”

Mollie O'Hare
BS in Communication Media (2009)
MBA in Film Producing (2011)
Production Coordinator - Metanoia Films

“Through the content we create, we challenge people to look past their world view, and give them something enjoyable and meaningful to consume at the same time.”

Matt Connors
BS in Communication Media (2010)
MBA in Film Producing (2012)
Development Executive - Yellow Line Media


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