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 and New Media Arts program provides 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.

Two degrees are available to Cinema & New Media Arts students, a streamlined 36 credit hour BA in Mass Media Arts and a comprehensive 54 credit hour BFA in Cinematic Arts.

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.

Lastly, students may persue our 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.