Sep. 18, 2023
Of the 103 school in the category, the University also ranked #4 in Best Value and #31 in Top Performers on Social Mobility.
Aug. 28, 2023
Congratulations to our Class of 2023! Click through to see this year’s Institutional Award winners and photos from Graduation Week.
Aug. 25, 2023
The Shakespearean-inspired rom-com is the first project in JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program.
Aug. 15, 2023
The indie feature is a family-friendly zombie comedy from Profs. George and Melinda Simon.
July 19, 2023
The documentary short was produced by Spirit Juice Studios and highlights Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun, a military chaplain who died in the Korean War.
July 10, 2023
The two new emphases will launch in 2024 under the B.S. in Communications Media.
June 13, 2023
A very generous $1M gift, which comes from a family who have asked to remain anonymous, brings JPCatholic closer to funding the St. Teresa of Calcutta Chapel renovations.
June 5, 2023
No Reception, the second project in JPCatholic’s annual Feature Film Program, began principal photography today in the University’s soundstage.
May 23, 2023
Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating our 20th anniversary this past weekend.
May 16, 2023
JPCatholic’s Art Club hosted their second annual art show at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery.
Apr. 28, 2023
While a close relationship has existed since the marketing agency was founded in 2010, the formalized partnership gives JPCatholic students priority for future openings.
“Living an American Dream”–Alumna’s Documentary Spotlights the Cowboys and Cowgirls of Eastern Oregon
Apr. 18, 2023
The documentary from Clare McKay ‘18 gives an inside look at the rodeo lifestyle of her family’s ranching community.
Mar. 27, 2023
The University’s building at 220 W Grand Ave is now home to an America Connects mural representing over 1500 artists from the west coast.
Feb. 15, 2023
Our senior class has been busy in producing their capstone film projects! See the full list of short films, from Westerns and period epics, to heartfelt animated dramas.
Feb. 8, 2023
Students who participated in the Sundance experience this year reflect on the trip and their top films from the festival.
Jan. 23, 2023
Paul Massell (‘13) and Jacob Spence (‘14) have raised one year of seed funding for their new entrepreneurial venture, an online Catholic job board.
Jan. 19, 2023
The film, written by students Mark Westin and Natalia Roberts, will enter production this June.
Dec. 16, 2022
Q&A with two JPCatholic alumni who founded New Eve Media, a video production service based in San Diego.
Dec. 15, 2022
Three alumni at |drive| studio share about their experience creating motion graphics for the 2022 World Cup.
Dec. 8, 2022
“Fill These Shoes”, a vocations video for the Archdiocese of Chicago, took home an Emmy in Outstanding Achievement in Branded Content at the Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards.
Dec. 7, 2022
Explore a summary of highlights from this past year.
Nov. 21, 2022
John Paul the Great Catholic University is pleased to announce that construction will begin early next year on the property at 131 S. Broadway in Escondido.
Nov. 9, 2022
Prof. Scoggins’ murder mystery film What Remains will be simultaneously released in theaters and on streaming next month.
Nov. 4, 2022
Prof. Lee Eskey was live with Theology of the Body Institute today to discuss acting with Christopher West.
Nov. 3, 2022
The newly restructured Business LaunchPad will include pitch competitions with the chance for two rounds of funding.
Oct. 20, 2022
Students and alumni submitted over 50 stories to be considered for next year’s project in the Feature Film Program. Last weekend, six of those pitched to a panel of film professionals in front of a live audience.
Sep. 30, 2022
Written and directed by Prof. Scoggins, the film stars Anne Heche, Cress Williams, Kellan Lutz, and Marcus Gladney Jr.
Sep. 26, 2022
Last weekend, JPCatholic welcomed 113 new freshman and transfer students to campus for Orientation.
Sep. 21, 2022
“Letter to Artists” is a weekly radio show and podcast offering conversations with students, faculty, and alumni about their creative pursuits and professions.
Sep. 15, 2022
In addition, the University ranked #9 in Best Value and #14 in Top Performers on Social Mobility.
Aug. 29, 2022
Through Prof. Del Rosario's design firm and its Creative Aid project, students got to work on real client projects for the Ronald McDonald House and local small business, building up their portfolio with professional design experience.
Aug. 29, 2022
JPCatholic held its 14th annual commencement on August 27th. Learn more about the events of Graduation Week, the Senior Film Screening projects, and the Institutional Award Winners.
Aug. 1, 2022
Featured in the L.A. Times and on the front page of the Union-Tribune, the article talks about our recent feature film “O, Brawling Love!”, upcoming campus expansions, the mission of the school, and more.
July 18, 2022
Kaitlyn Krikorian (‘20) founded the organization last year to provide networking for creative professionals, facilitate paid work opportunities, and raise funds for mental health initiatives.
July 6, 2022
Fr. Dominic Smith, O.S.A. was ordained a priest in the Order of Saint Augustine last month. He is the eleventh JPCatholic alumnus to be ordained.
June 30, 2022
The BFA in Visual Arts degree will be the new home for our emphases in Animation, Game Development, Graphic Design, and Illustration.
June 29, 2022
The inaugural project in JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program finished filming in Escondido on Tuesday.
June 3, 2022
The program will provide students the opportunity to spend several months in Ireland doing evangelization work.
June 2, 2022
The first project in JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program began filming today in Escondido.
May 25, 2022
Last weekend, we welcomed alumni, parents, and benefactors to campus for our inaugural JPCatholic Day, celebrating faculty and student accomplishments.
May 23, 2022
Paradoxes of Faith and Reason grapples with aspects of the Catholic faith that seem to contradict reason at first glance.
May 16, 2022
Tristan Farida (‘19) was ordained a priest of the Chaldean Catholic Church. He is the eighth Chaldean seminarian to graduate from JPCatholic and become a priest.
May 10, 2022
Bishop-Emeritus Robert Brom was Bishop of San Diego when JPCatholic was founded.
May 9, 2022
Prof. Max Hulburt's new sequence of electives has already launched alumni into virtual production careers.
May 6, 2022
Maggie Mahrt (‘10) will return to JPCatholic to direct the inaugural project in JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program.
May 4, 2022
Advice from Aristotle: Life Lessons from the Nicomachean Ethics is now available on Amazon.
Mar. 30, 2022
Paul Bonner, along with several other JPCatholic students, have been cast in the feature film from JCFilms Studios. Production will begin in April in San Diego.
Mar. 15, 2022
Written by screenwriters Chris and Kathy Riley, the book offers essential insights into the forces that create character, using dozens of examples from film, television, and literature.
Feb. 16, 2022
O, Brawling Love!, written by senior screenwriting student Bella Lake, has been selected to be produced as the inaugural project in JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program.
Feb. 4, 2022
Our senior film class has been busy in producing their capstone projects! From comedies to war dramas to post-apocalyptic, see the full list of short films and links to follow them on social media.
Nov. 30, 2021
The multi-year $18M campaign will provide student scholarships, a dedicated chapel, and a creative arts academic complex.
Nov. 22, 2021
JPCatholic’s Art Club “Created to Create” hosted its first art show at the Escondido Municipal Arts Gallery. A total of 22 students showcased 32 pieces.
Oct. 19, 2021
Over the past two months, students and alumni submitted 45 stories to be produced as part of JPCatholic’s new Feature Film Program. This weekend, nine of those projects were pitched to a faculty panel in front of a live audience.
Oct. 18, 2021
Over 20 students and alumni worked on Prof. Nathan Scoggins’ film shoot, which wrapped production last week in northern Texas.
Oct. 4, 2021
Dr. Luis Calingo, a trustee and longtime friend of JPCatholic, passed away on October 1, 2021.
Sept. 30, 2021
Last weekend, JPCatholic held new student Orientation, welcoming 119 new freshmen and transfer students to begin classes this fall.
Sept. 16, 2021
Project Foxtrot is a narrative sci-fi mystery podcast centered on the small town of Fallbrook, where 13-year old Blake Johnson resurfaces five years after his disappearance.
Sept. 13, 2021
In addition, the University ranked #8 in Top Performers on Social Mobility.
Aug. 30, 2021
On Saturday, August 28th, John Paul the Great Catholic University held its 13th annual commencement at the Ritz Theater in Escondido.
July 13, 2021
JPCatholic has received formal notification from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) that our accreditation is reaffirmed for a period of eight years. The next reaffirmation review will be held in 2028-2029.
July 10, 2021
Learn more about California reopening and JPCatholic's COVID-19 policies.
June 29, 2021
Dr. Samuel Keyes, Professor of Theology at JPCatholic, was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX.
June 23, 2021
Fr. Roni Schamoun was ordained in the Chaldean Catholic Rite, and Fr. George Perez as Eudist priest in the Roman Catholic Rite.
June 16, 2021
Over the past several months, students in Prof. Sartain’s courses have been producing immersive 3d environments based on the prompt “abandoned”.
June 14, 2021
Live theatre is back! Our students recently performed Shakespeare's “As You Like It” to close out the Spring Quarter, and we're excited to announce the coming season of theatre productions.
June 3, 2021
Greenwalt, a showrunner and producer whose credits include Grimm, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, visited campus as part of JPCatholic’s Impacting Culture Speaker Series.
May 13, 2021
Prof. Chris Riley’s book serves as the definitive guide on script formatting, used by professional screenwriters and film schools across the nation.
Apr. 26, 2021
Our senior film class has been busy in producing their capstone projects! From comedies to dramas to Westerns, see the full list of short films this year.
Apr. 20, 2021
Starting Fall 2021, JPCatholic students will have the opportunity to pursue a minor in Computer Programming. New courses will be taught by John Kassab, Senior Software Engineer at Sony PlayStation.
Apr. 9, 2021
Dr. Jeremiah “Jerry” Jackson, Professor of Business at JPCatholic, recently set the World Record Highest Altitude Parachute Jump for his age group.
Mar. 26, 2021
JPCatholic is excited to announce two new offerings for students interested in pursuing minors.
Mar. 10, 2021
JPCatholic is excited to announce the Feature Film Program, a revolutionary model of education that will integrate feature film productions into our curriculum. This platform will provide students the opportunity to collaborate with alumni and professors each year in bringing a new film to life.
Mar. 4, 2021
Alumna Katy Campbell shares the inspiration behind her new novel, how JPCatholic professors influenced the book, and what’s next for the world she’s created.
Feb. 17, 2021
Alumna Tara Stone has teamed up with JPCatholic film faculty Chris Riley and Nathan Scoggins to create Story Masters Film Academy, an online education resource for high school students. Courses are transferable to JPCatholic.
Jan. 14, 2021
Prof. S. Jacqueline Nicolini, along with a JPCatholic student and an alumna, will have their artwork featured in the California Center for the Arts’ Campus Creatives exhibit.
Jan. 11, 2021
Prof. Simon plans to expand our film and TV production ecosystem and encourage greater industry/alumni/student collaboration in large scale on-campus productions.
Dec. 14, 2020
2020 has been a most challenging year for all of humanity – a year like no other. This is my reflection on how, with the Lord’s many blessings, JPCatholic navigated this year.
Dec. 8, 2020
Alumni and students have worked at Family Theater Productions over the past couple years, helping produce and promote the documentary Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton.
Nov. 24, 2020
As the pandemic continues to impact families, JPCatholic is extending the COVID Zero Tuition Scholarship program and Stay Local scholarship program for 2021, as well as expanding the reach to include even more California students.
Alumni Company Hypuro Fit Promotes Physical and Spiritual Fitness with the “Catholic New Year Fitness Challenge”
Nov. 23, 2020
Chase Crouse and Ben West share the inspiration behind their fitness company and offer JPCatholic students a discount on their Catholic New Year Fitness Challenge.
Nov. 9, 2020
Student-led organizations like the Frassati Hiking Club, Gaming Club, and Surfing Club are providing students with fun and creative outlets to build community within the constraints of the pandemic.
Nov. 4, 2020
On October 24th, Prof. Tom Dunn led his TV Production II class in producing a virtual gala for Culture of Life Family Services, streamed live from JPCatholic’s soundstage.
Oct. 27, 2020
Douglas Cummins shares his experiences working as Associate Producer for Bishop Barron, his advice for students, and how he cultivates his talents in creativity and entrepreneurship.
Oct. 23, 2020
Sheryl J. Anderson, a visiting screenwriting professor at JPCatholic, is showrunner on the popular romantic drama series.
Sep. 30, 2020
Last weekend, JPCatholic welcomed the incoming class of students with a socially distanced Orientation. Classes begin today in a variety of formats: in-person, hybrid, and online.
Jan. 4, 2021
JPCatholic’s Winter classes will be offered in multiple formats (in-person, hybrid, and online) – providing flexibility for the variety of student situations and preferences.
Sep. 17, 2020
This November, Emily Deady will release Pearl of Magic, Book #3 in her Fairy Tale Royals series.
Sep. 3, 2020
While we couldn’t have a traditional commencement ceremony all together this year, we are incredibly proud of our graduating seniors! Click through for Institutional Award Winners, the faculty’s farewell video, and more.
Aug. 24, 2020
San Diego County updated their Public Health Order, allowing Institutions of Higher Education to hold classes in-person effective August 22nd.
Aug. 10, 2020
Margie Curran, class of 2018, expands her acting resume with a speaking role in a new historical drama from the Travel Channel.
Aug. 7, 2020
JPCatholic is still currently awaiting San Diego County Public Health Office approval to resume in-person instruction. We are currently preparing to implement a Hybrid Model this Fall Quarter beginning Sep. 30th.
July 22, 2020
Matt and Lisa Martinusen (‘15) follow up on the success of The Catholic Card Game with a new game titled Catholics Who Don’t Do Anything.
June 4, 2020
The University, which will hold classes on-campus this fall, announces both the COVID Zero Tuition Scholarship for California Cal Grant-A eligible students and the Stay Local Scholarship for San Diego county students who are not Cal Grant-A eligible.
May 27, 2020
Dustin Kahia, class of ‘21, directed a short film that has won several awards and nominations at film festivals.
May 15, 2020
“Trending with Timmerie” has been moved to a daily drive-time hour on Relevant Radio, reaching a national audience of 20,000-40,000 listeners every day.
May 8, 2020
This spring, Annie Buccheit (‘18), directed her first play at the Patio Playhouse in downtown Escondido.
May 5, 2020
JPCatholic is launching a new Leadership Honors Program for highly motivated sophomores—who aspire to create a leadership legacy—providing them the opportunity to nurture their understanding and deepen their mastery of leadership.
May 1, 2020
We’re starting a new article series to highlight JPCatholic students’ internship experiences! For our first spotlight, meet Matthew Middendorf, who spent last Fall in Hollywood working two internships.
Mar. 3, 2020 | Clare Schmidt
On February 19th, JPCatholic’s adjunct professor Bill Marsilii gave a public lecture in our Impacting Culture Speaker Series.
Feb. 15, 2020 | Clare Schmidt
The seniors of JPCatholic are busy in pre-production for their capstone film projects.
Feb. 10, 2020 | Clare Schmidt
Eight undergraduate students from JPCatholic were recently given the opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival and participate in the Windrider Forum.
Feb. 3, 2020
On January 30th, JPCatholic welcomed Bradley Rapier to campus for the Impacting Culture Speaker Series.
Jan. 20, 2020
Hollywood screenwriter Bill Marsilii taught a course at JPCatholic last quarter titled “Spiritual Content in Mainstream Films”.
Dec. 11, 2019
John Paul the Great Catholic University is excited to announce the launch of JPCatholic Online, an e-learning platform with free continuing education resources for the public, including a Crash Course in Storytelling.
Dec. 5, 2019
The spring break trip to Rome and Florence will be integrated into a humanities course, giving students the chance to academically and culturally prepare for the trip.
Nov. 5, 2019
JPCatholic’s recently launched speaker series has featured guests such as Dan Molina, a senior editor at Disney, and Timothy Reckart, who directed The Star.
Nov. 4, 2019
Since its release in September, our game development students' senior thesis project has amassed over 25,000 downloads in 145 countries, with a positive feedback rating of 95% on Steam! Congratulations to our students on an incredible game and a huge success!
Oct. 31, 2019
JPCatholic is excited to announce the purchase of an Xsens Awinda motion capture suit.
Oct. 26, 2019
On October 24th, JPCatholic welcomed animator and director Timothy Reckart to campus for the Impacting Culture Speaker Series.
Oct. 4, 2019
On October 2nd, JPCatholic welcomed Disney animator Dan Molina to campus for the Impacting Culture Speaker Series.
Sep. 10, 2019
Last week, JPCatholic held the graduation ceremony for 82 Undergraduate and 16 Graduate Students. See photos and the Institutional Award Recipients here.
Sep. 10, 2019
Having just screened the 2019 senior film projects, we take a look back on some of the 2018 projects and the successes they’ve achieved in the film festival circuit.
Sep. 5, 2019
A new course offered by Dr. Keyes this past quarter explored how various novels, shows, and movies relate to Christian doctrine on life after death.
Sep. 4, 2019
JPCatholic’s graduating class of video game development students published their senior project today on Steam; the game can now be downloaded and played for free.
Aug. 19, 2019
Two alumni filmmaking couples collaborated on the 8beats short film Almost Home, which has already seen multiple wins in the film festival circuit. The film is part of a larger anthology based on the Eight Beatitudes.
July 29, 2019
Timmerie Geagea was featured last week on Jubilee Media's popular show “Middle Ground” to participate in a discussion between pro-choice and pro-life representatives.
July 16, 2019
John Paul the Great Catholic University announced today that it will shift investments away from its MBA in Film Producing and begin exploration of specialized, high-impact MFA degrees within the Creative Arts.
July 11, 2019
John Paul the Great Catholic University is proud to be listed once again in The Cardinal Newman Society’s guide for choosing a Catholic college.
July 10, 2019
Dr. Samuel Keyes, a former Anglican minister and a convert to Catholicism, joins the Theology department at JPCatholic.
June 17, 2019
A new course offered at JPCatholic last quarter gave students hands-on experience working with marketing agency Yellow Line Digital.
June 13, 2019
JPCatholic’s graduating class of video game development students have nearly finished production of their capstone project, Shepherd of Light.
June 6, 2019
A new course offered this quarter has given students exposure to broad array of industry talent who have worked on projects like Animaniacs, Back to the Future, and Studio C.
Apr. 27, 2019
JPCatholic film and acting student Matthew Galvan has joined the cast of Utah-based comedy sketch show Studio C for its upcoming 10th season.
Apr. 26, 2019
Earlier this month, JPCatholic’s MBA students spent four days in Las Vegas for the annual NAB Show, a global conference showcasing the latest innovations across multiple sectors of media, entertainment and technology.
Mar. 28, 2019
JPCatholic’s graduating seniors and their teams are busy at work in pre-production for their thesis short films, which will premiere in early September at Regal Cinemas Escondido. Check out the full list here.
Feb. 13, 2019
For the second consecutive year, JPCatholic sent its MBA in Film Producing students to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, where they spent a week attending screenings of previously unreleased independent films, networking with industry professionals, and participating in the Windrider Forum.
Oct. 18, 2018
U.S. News & World Report, one of the go-to sources for national college rankings, placed John Paul the Great Catholic University at #12 in its list of Best Regional Colleges West for 2019.
Oct. 16, 2018
This fall, John Paul the Great Catholic University welcomed an incoming class of 112 undergraduates across our media, business, and humanities programs.
Sep. 6, 2018
On Tuesday, September 4th, our students performed Fiddler on the Roof at the Escondido Center for the Performing Arts. Congratulations to Director Angie Bitsko and to all the talented cast and crew on a stellar performance!
Sep. 7, 2018
JPCatholic is proud to announce the addition of three new emphases for fall 2019. To learn more, click here.
July 15, 2018
Alumni Nate Sjogren, Zach Sadler, Ethan Snell, and the team at Drive Studio have spent the last several years creating a comprehensive graphics package and set design for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
May 6, 2018
Check out what our graduating class is working on for their thesis projects! Production or Post-Production on many of these will continue through the end of summer quarter. Follow them on social media to track their progress, and consider supporting their work!
Mar. 19, 2018
This past January, JPCatholic directing professor Nathan Scoggins took four MBA students to Sundance, the country’s largest independent film festival.
Mar. 16, 2018
You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it! Such is the wisdom that legendary director Steven Spielberg imparts to all filmmakers, young and old.
Feb. 26, 2018
Every movie, from the dullest of dull to the most dazzlingly cinematic, begins as words on a page. These words on a page compose what is known as the script, an often unsung but inestimably important part of the movie-making process.
Nov. 28, 2018
John Paul the Great Catholic University strives to provide an authentically Catholic environment in which students can both prepare for their careers and grow in their spiritual lives. One of the many resources on campus for students to develop their faith is a program called “households”.
Sep. 1, 2017
John Paul the Great Catholic University held its 9th annual commencement on Friday, September 1, 2017.
May 17, 2017
Fr. Richard Huston passed away on May 14th at the age of 91. He was a priest of the Diocese of San Diego and served as JPCatholic's Chaplain for our first decade.
May 1, 2017
Pre-production and fundraising is underway for this year's Senior Projects and MBA Thesis films! The range of genres this year include quirky comedy, documentary, psychological thriller, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi. Click to learn more and donate!
Apr. 4, 2017
Our newly redesigned blog features original content from our faculty and community examining issues of media, culture, and theology.
Jan. 23, 2017
On Saturday January 21, JPCatholic students joined pro-lifers in both the San Diego and San Francisco for their respective 2017 Annual Walk for Life events.