FILM PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science in Communications Media

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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 in Senior Project and Los Angeles internship quarter capstone experiences, 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.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS

DIRECTING/PRODUCTION

SCREENWRITING

PRODUCING

POst-production

CORE CURRICULUM

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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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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what makes us different?

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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Quarter in LA

Upperclassmen can have the opportunity to study at a satellite campus in Burbank, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 10 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 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.

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who still work in their field.

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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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Located in San Diego County

We're 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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Meet the FILM Faculty

  • Prof. Riley is a screenwriter with 20 years of experience.
  • He is a veteran of the Warner Bros. script department and the author of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style.
  • He wrote After the Truth, an award -winning courtroom thriller German film.
  • He holds a BS in Telecommunications from Oral Roberts University and was a National Merit Scholar.
  • Prof. Simon created the award winning short film Get Clean promoting the sacrament of reconciliation.
  • He launched ‘Simon Brothers Productions’– an independent production company specializing in narrative film and live-event coverage, with his brother Joe (MBA 2010).
  • He produced content for New Evangelization Television and has worked on film sets, international documentary crews, and many commercial projects.

CHRIS RILEY

George simon

Professor of Film

Professor of Film Production

  • Prof. Brady is a director, creative producer and animation supervisor who has worked at Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Imagi Studios, Rhythm and Hues, and Pixomondo.
  • He graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation.
  • He has directed animation for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and others. Also directed films such as Toy Story 2, Astro Boy, and other more.

VERNON MORTENSEN

COLIN BRADY

Professor of Film Producing and Distribution

Adjunct Professor of Animation

  • Professor Bill Marsilii is an American writer, producer, and director who broke records with his screenplay for the time-travel thriller movie Déjà vu starring Denzel Washington and Paula Patton.
  • He also co-produced the drama, sports movie Woodlawn in 2015, telling the story of a gifted football player battling racial tension on and off the field.
  • He also been a guest lecturer and professional mentor to a wide variety of film and screenwriting programs across the United States, including USC, UCLA, Pepperdine University, and Barry University in Miami.

NATHAN SCOGGINS

BILL MARSILII

Professor of Film

Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting

TOM DUNN

SHERYL ANDERSON

Professor of Film Production

Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting

SHUN LEE FONG

Adjunct Professor of Media Law

NATE SJOGREN

Adjunct Professor of Cinematic Visual Effects

Paul RUGG

Adjunct Professor of Comedy Writing

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