Bearden Coleman

School of Fine Arts
Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing
Associate Professor of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing


  • MFA – Creative Writing, Texas State University
  • MA – Media Studies, The New School
  • BA – Humanities, Biola University

Courses Taught

  • Art of Storytelling
  • Faith, Culture, and the Arts
  • Silent Film
  • The Collegian
  • Honors Writing

Teaching Focus

Professor Coleman’s primary teaching focus is cinema history and theory, as well as creative writing.  He is particularly interested in helping students grapple with the way their convictions transform the building blocks of their respective disciplines—whether that is film or the written word.

Publications and Research Interest

Professor Coleman has written about film, music, adoption, and running for Image Journal, Christianity Today, World Magazine, and Christ and Pop Culture.  His research is concerned with the relationship between the film experience and religious experience. At film conferences at Harvard University and Baylor University, he has pursued this connection by looking at the intersection of film style, film content, and reception space.

Additional Information

Prior to joining HCU, Professor Bearden served as Associate Professor of English and Film at The King’s College.  When he is not spending time with his wife and two daughters, Professor Coleman is training for his next marathon, hoping to one day break three hours.