In a world where the media both portray and perpetuate societal norms, film and media students are well-equipped to discern the culture around them. In this program, you will learn to interpret film and media from a discerning Christian perspective.

Overview

In this program, you will critically examine communication in film, television, radio, the Internet, social media, advertising and other digital and media arts. You'll also study its effect on society, culture and people's behavior. The major includes courses in history, theory, criticism and practice of film and media arts, as well as courses in basic media production.

Careers in Film and Media

  • Film critic
  • Television Producer
  • Youth Pastor
  • Print Journalist
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join Student Video Productions; participate in Visual Arts Guild; work for the AV (Audio Visual) department; intern at a local news station like WOOD TV or Fox 17.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

CAS Department Mentoring Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • HS GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; demonstrate leadership potential for the communication industry
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department by February 1
James and Arthea DeBoer Arts and Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; be a graduate of Timothy Christian HS (Elmhurst, IL) or Holland Christian HS (Holland, MI)
  • automatic consideration
David J. Holquist Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; preference to those working with victims of injustice/personal tragedy
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
Media and Christianity Scholarship
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students from the South Chicago area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Triemstra Media Scholarship
Phyllis Den Braber Van Andel CAS Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; first preference to those pursuing a theatre major; second preference to those pursuing a major in film or media studies
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
Grace Dykstra Vellenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those majoring in telecommunications and are planning a career in Christian media
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
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Faculty

Roy Anker

Roy Anker
Professor of English
Department of English
CFAC 289
anker@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6530

Mark Fackler

Mark Fackler
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250E
mfackler@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6274

David Leugs

David Leugs
Assistant Professor, director of Theatre
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250C
djl2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6441

Garth Pauley

Garth Pauley
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 273C
gpauley@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6294

Carl Plantinga

Carl Plantinga
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270B
cplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8664

William Romanowski

William Romanowski
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270C
romw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8527

Quentin Schultze

Quentin Schultze
Professor, Arthur H. DeKruyter chair in Faith & Communication
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 260M
schu@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6290

Samuel Smartt

Samuel Smartt
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270A
srs29@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6284

Chris Smit

Chris Smit
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 273B
crs4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8892

Talk to us

Kathi Groenendyk Kathi Groenendyk
Department Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250A
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6317

Admissions

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