The documentary film program at Andrews University is one of the most unique and innovative programs of its kind. It was designed for the student who embraces the role of the creative storyteller committed to telling stories that matter.
The Industry’s Highest Accolades
We are extremely proud of our student’s cinematic achievements. We are one of the few undergraduate programs that have been recognized with a student Academy Award nomination, the global film industry’s most widely recognized honor. Our films have screened and won awards at national and international film festivals, including those held in large media markets like Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Sydney, Australia. We have highly accomplished film faculty whose training and research has been conducted at top institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, MIT, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the Vienna Film Academy, and the Center for Media and Social Impact in Washington D.C.
Why Documentary film?
We find and develop our identity in the stories we hear while growing up—whether they be about our family or our faith, about country or community. Increasingly, film is the medium of choice through which these stories are expressed, and in the nonfiction realm it inherently carries the capacity to examine our past while also exploring the pressing topics and ideas that define the present. For many of our graduates, the skills they develop open up incredible travel opportunities as companies and organizations demand filmmakers to travel all over the world to capture important stories.
What will I learn?
Students will be start by taking a strong foundation in visual art, photography and communication. They then move through the film curriculum, immersing themselves in the art of writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing, as well as important coursework in film history and film theory.
Whether learning how to light compelling scenes with the latest film cameras, or editing sequences together that move audiences, students will develop both a competence in the tools of the trade as well as the thoughtfulness to approach filmmaking with creativity and integrity. At the completion of their BFA in documentary film, students will have finished several projects, including a significant senior project that will be the hallmark of their portfolio.
Documentary Film BFA
Whether learning how to light beautiful scenes with the latest film cameras, or editing sequences together that move audiences to tears, students will develop both a competence in the tools of the trade as well as the thoughtfulness to approach filmmaking with creativity and integrity. At the completion of their BFA in Documentary Film, majors will have finished several projects, including a thesis film that they will be able to share with audiences, and market themselves professionally.
Documentary Film Minor
Film exists only through the advent of technology, so initial courses in the program will introduce students to the cameras, lights, computers and software that will enable them to explore their craft.