Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Creative Writing, and Theater

School of Fine Arts

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Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Creative Writing, and Theater
School of Fine Arts
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road
Houston TX 77074-3298
The School of Fine Arts offers a variety of dynamic degrees in contemporary media arts, writing, and theater. Our Cinema & New Media Arts major and minor provide a challenging creative environment for students to develop their artistic abilities in film, media, and the web. Students work directly with our experienced faculty, who are all active media artists within the film industry, television production, independent cinema, web and new media, video games, and graphic novels. This cutting-edge program draws upon the latest in technological developments to offer students deeply relevant training for media careers in the 21st century. 
 
The Writing major and minor prepare students to explore the creative potential of the written word. Like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, we understand the act of writing as an act of sub-creation in which the writer worships God the artist in the writing of original work. Students take intensive writing workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting with well published writers in these fields. Furthermore, these students connect with the rich opportunities the writing community of Houston offers such as publication experiences, professional writing internships, writing conferences, and readings from world famous writers.
 
Students can also study Journalism & Mass Communication, which draws from classes in both Cinema & New Media Arts and our Writing program to provide a comprehensive and contemporary look at multimedia communication in the 21st century. Theater at HBU is represented by the Rex Fleming Players, an on-campus acting troupe. Recently, HBU has also had the Actors from the London Stage in residence. Students also have many opportunities to write, perform, and direct their own plays.

BFA in Multimedia Arts
In the 21st century, artists face a world of convergence. Communication is now multi-platform and multimedia — a synergy of visual arts, sound and music, story and the written word. The BFA in Multimedia Arts is designed to offer students a comprehensive, pre-professional course of study with classes drawn from each discipline in the Fine Arts. The degree begins with foundational classes in storytelling, writing, art, cinema, and music, then allows students to focus additional studies in one medium. This is paired with multiple courses in business and entrepreneurship, as well as an internship, to prepare students to apply their artistic skills in the world of commerce and industry. A final capstone class helps students build a professional portfolio in preparation for graduation.