Master of Arts in Cinematic Arts
Welcome storytellers. Houston Christian University’s innovative Master of Arts in Cinematic Arts degree empowers students to harness the transformative power of film and pursue their passion for cinematic arts.
The HCU Master of Arts (MA) in Cinematic Arts is a 30-hour workshop-based program with a focus on screenwriting, cinema theory, and narrative media. Electives allow students to explore media studies, industry pitching and networking, film production, and integration seminars exploring faith and the arts. The MA provides students a rigorous, yet streamlined, graduate degree in Cinematic Arts.
The MA degree is offered in parallel to the low-residency MFA in Screenwriting and students may complete the MA by attending biannual residencies and writing retreats in southeast Texas or complete the degree 100% online in semester-long remote synchronous courses and workshops.
In addition to developing core skills in screenwriting and cinema theory, students can customize their MA degree by choosing from electives like:
- Faith, Culture and the Arts
- Topics and Genres: Filmmakers on Filmmaking
- Media Industry & Business
- Special Topics in Cinema
HCU faculty members are working professionals and published experts who provide the perfect blend of scholarly perspective and practical industry wisdom. They act as mentors, guiding students to refine their abilities and find their creative voice.
The workshop-based structure of this degree enables learners to develop their skills in a comprehensive manner and become established screenwriters ready to craft content for the next generation.
An MA in Cinematic Arts opens doors to exciting careers centered on bringing impactful stories to screens both big and small.
This degree enables graduates to leverage their advanced training in screenwriting, production, and technique and build artistic careers across entertainment mediums. HCU graduates are equipped to work on creative teams and business operations for major studios, production companies, networks, streaming platforms, and more.
Others may pursue entrepreneurial paths as independent writer-directors and producers. Feel emboldened to fund, craft, and distribute shorts, documentaries, and features.
Learners will graduate with polished creative work and connections to start an artistic journey or to further their career in the cinematic arts.