Corban University: Media Arts

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Table of Contents 01 Why Media Arts?

14 Opportunities

02 Biblical Worldview

15 Los Angeles Semester

03 Our Mission and Vision

16 Careers in the Field

04 Media Arts Majors

17 Media Events

06 Student Features

18 Media Arts Classes

09 CU Media Labs

20 Professors

13 Equipment

22 Advising/Get Connected

Why Media Arts? The Media Arts program inspires students to develop their creative potential and produce and deliver great content in various media formats, with concentrations in film studies, creative media, and strategic media. We prepare students to be Christian leaders who understand media as an aspect of God's redemptive voice through which we share the gospel for the marketplace, ministry, and missions. The World Economic Forum ranks creativity and digital literacy in the top ten skills required in the workforce in 2025. LinkedIn reported that creativity ranked as the #1 most indemand workforce skill in 2019 and 2020. And in a study Adobe ran in 2019, we found that even though 71% of 2 million online job postings call for communication skills, 50% call for creativity skills, and 41% call for collaboration skills, more than 75% of online resumes do not list communication, creativity, or collaboration skills. Career options in media that were once hard to imagine have been fully integrated into the mainstream job market. Storytelling, content creation, design thinking, innovation, and production are now highly marketable skills.

Biblical Worldview "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." PHILIPPIANS 4:8

The mission of the Media Arts Program is to prepare world citizens who think from a biblical worldview, strive for professional excellence, and pursue a life that glorifies God through engagement in the arts. The program's vision is to challenge students to pursue the active, creative, and lifelong adventure of learning – of worshipping God and serving Him through the study of the best of what it means to be truly human. We believe that education involves finding and using our redeemed human voice to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. We examine media arts in the presence of God, the Creator of the universe, the Master artist whose form, likeness, and image we seek to imitate. We view our artistic virtues of curiosity, beauty, love, and image through Scripture. We interpret narrative and storytelling through the Bible's metanarrative. We seek to act in the mediated world upon the two greatest commandments: Love God and People.

Our Mission and Vision

Technology constantly evolves, but the need for a foundation in our biblical and ethical understanding of media remains timeless. When we move out of all the media hype and habits, we ask questions to promote critical thinking in media arts. What is the agenda behind given pieces of media? Why are some good images and ideas marginalized? How does media influence politics, art, and culture? What is the role of government regulation? How do we interpret films, or advertisements? How does media contribute to globalization? How does the information age change our understanding of authority? We believe every student can be creative and is called to live out their Imago Dei identity. We recognize that each student enters our program with God-given gifts. This specific education path in media arts aims to turn gifts into talents, and knacks into the media skills needed to help students open career doors.

Media Majors 01


The Film Studies Concentration prepares



students to embark on the adventuresome

The Creative Media Concentration prepares

journey of professional film and video

students to become successful media

production. It gives them the theoretical

entrepreneurs in digital photography or

foundation needed to understand how and why

various other industries that depend on

film "works" and, too, the necessary hands-on

images for branding and communication in

experience (from script to screen) to develop

social media and the digital world. Students

essential film skills.

will be prepared in multiple photographic styles – photojournalism, street, portrait,


commercial – but have the choice and


flexibility to tailor practicum, internship, and portfolio work toward individualized goals.

The Strategic Media Concentration prepares students to become strategists for digital and social media platforms, include the marketable skills of studio voice and audio production, blogging, vlogging, WordPress, graphic design, and storytelling. Those who study strategic media learn how to lead digitally driven organizations, often through t.he fields of marketing, public relations, and advertising.



Mix and match courses from any concentration to get a well-rounded degree that prepares you to excel in your career. This option is ideal for transfer students who aim to graduate quickly.


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CORE REQUIREMENTS MEA202 Visual Arts I: Foundation 3 MEA213 Media and Society 3 MEA222 Visual Arts II: Digital Storytelling 3 MEA264 Photography & Visual Rhetoric 3 MEA354 Visual Arts III: Graphic Design 3 MEA383 Narrative Theory 3 MEA424 Media Law and Ethics 3 MEA475 Media Arts Capstone 3 MEA253 Creativity and Career 3 OR MEA355 Media Entrepreneur 3 JRN263 Journalistic Writing 3 OR MEA323 Creative Media Lab 3 TOTAL 30

GENERAL MEDIA ARTS The media arts major offers students the exciting opportunity to personalize their media worksheet and path. Select any 15 credits from any concentration to complete a General Media Arts degree (20 of the total 45 major credits must be upper-division 300or 400-level).

FILM STUDIES CONCENTRATION WRI3134 Script and Screenwriting 3 MEA417 Media Practicum: Short Film MEA473 Cinematography 3


AND 6 credits from the following: THR233 Dramatic Arts 1 3 HIS233 A History of Film 3 HUM240 Music in Film 3 HUM255 Shakespeare in Film and Performance ENG293 Special Topics in English 1 - 3 MEA323 Creative Media Lab 1 - 3 MEA493 Special Topics: Media Arts 1 - 3 COM413 Communications Internship 1 - 6 TOTAL 15 STRATEGIC MEDIA CONCENTRATION COM333 Organizational Communication 3 MEA344 Studio Voice, Audio, Podcast 3 MEA418 Media Practicum: Social Media 3 AND 6 credits from the following: WRI222 Creative Writing 3 COM223 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3 PHL223 Logic and Rhetoric 3 PHL253 Philosophy of Video Games 3 MEA323 Creative Media Lab 1 - 3 MKT336 Social Media Marketing 3 COM343 Advanced Speech 3 COM403 Intercultural Communication 3 WRI423 Persuasive Theory and Writing 3 MEA493 Special Topics: Media Arts 1 - 3 COM413 Communications Internship 1 - 6 TOTAL 15 CREATIVE MEDIA CONCENTRATION MEA323 Creative Media Lab 3 MEA355 Media Entrepreneur 3 MEA419 Media Practicum: Advanced Photography 3 AND 6 credits from the following: WRI222 Creative Writing 3 HUM223 Art History of the Western World 3 ART303 Special Topics in Art 3 MKT336 Social Media Marketing 3 MEA418 Media Practicum: Social Media 3 MEA473 Cinematography 3 MEA493 Special Topics: Media Arts 1 - 3 COM413 Internship 1 - 6 TOTAL 15


SEMI GOMBO Convergent Media

"I want to be a Papuan digital storyteller in Indonesia. I plan on using film and my love for cutting hair to inspire others with stories of everyday people in the barber's chair. MEA417: Short Film was my favorite class because I got to write, direct, produce, and edit an original short film. Choose your major based on doing something you love and enjoy and based on your strengths and weaknesses, which is why being a Media Arts major stuck for me. Remember, you have to allow yourself to make mistakes when you're creative."


"I picked media arts because I want to enjoy my work. I love being creative and thinking outside of the box, or, as I call it, making mini-Eden's. God is creative, and He makes beautiful things. As someone created in His image and gifted with artistic creativity, to me, media arts just makes sense. It is a form of worship. Don't skip out on media arts internships. These are a great way to practice your learning skills and put you ahead of other graduates. I want to pursue a master's degree in design or digital media communications after Corban."

AMIYAH EGDAMIN Social Media Management

"I chose Media Arts because I enjoy learning about the digital arts and aspire to be in a career in the social media realm. Both blogging and vlogging are two of my favorite mediums because they incorporate photography and videography. MEA222: Visual Arts: Digital Storytelling was my favorite media class. My advice is to push your limits on creativity. Learn as much as you can and apply some of your own creativity to the projects and assignments."

KETNER MIZEE Video Editing

"I chose to be a media arts major because I love being creative. My favorite part would be editing and figuring out how I'm going to put the video clips together to tell a story. One of my favorite classes was MEA383: Writing for New Media. It was fun to go through different ways to be original in storytelling. My advice for media arts students is to not go through the motions. Even if it's a class you may not be as interested in or think might not apply to what you want to do. I've learned that there is still something to take out of every class."

OBIOMACHI ABONYI Radio & Podcasting

"I chose media arts because I wanted to be properly equipped for a career in the radio show business and love all audio in the form of podcasts and video for vlogging. MEA344: Studio Voice & Audio Production was my favorite class. My advice is to become friends with your professors, ask questions, and pick projects you're passionate about. The Media Arts program is what you make it. Make it count."


"I choose media arts because I like photography and want to pursue it as a professional career. I also love graphic design and cinematography. My favorite media arts class was MEA254: Photography & Visual Rhetoric because I learned composition, how to fix my mistakes and a love for black and white images. Every photo has its own meaning. My advice is to make the most of your assignments and always practice what you learn."

QUINN COOMER Film Production

"My favorite classes have been Narrative Theory and Media Arts Practicum: Short Film. The first truly laid the foundation for me on how to craft compelling stories, and the second has allowed me to demonstrate the full extent of my knowledge and skill. My advice to anyone looking at Media Arts would be to never tell yourself you do not have the ability or resources to complete a project! All innovation in this Field began because someone decided they would find a way."

Visual by Kaelie Kendell

CU Media Labs STUDIO AND PRODUCTION SPACE Photography & Video - Corban's makerspace, The Barn, is a creative hub for all types of artistic pursuits. It houses the media arts photography and film studio, including backdrops, new lighting equipment. Podcast - Students can create their own podcasts or record voice work in the new Hilltop Media Studio in Academic Center 301. Adobe Creative Cloud - Media arts students will receive a login for the full Adobe Creative suite and access to the PC lab in the Younger Center 207 for editing, and design.

The Barn Photography and Film Studio The Barn Studio, Basecamp, Design Lab Rooms Media Arts hosts courses like MEA254: Photography & Visual Rhetoric in the Barn. Film classes use the studio rooms to create greenscreen content, film interviews and create small sets for film content. We have 9' x 36' colored paper rolls in every color to create studio photography and video content; we have LED lights, colored gels, and Alien Bees.

Hilltop Media Hilltop Media Studio Academic Center 301 Students can reserve the podcast room to use a RodeCaster Pro mixing board that can be personalized with an app on your computer. Record straight into Adobe Audition or your laptop, or connect to Bluetooth to host a guest from your phone who can't meet you in person. There are two editing computers with Adobe Creative Cloud, and the couch area doubles as an easy interview set for video shoots.

Adobe Lab Adobe Design Lab Youngers Lab 207 Youngers Lab is home to all Media Arts classes that require Adobe Creative Cloud software. Each PC computer has an individual license by which students create an account using their Corban email. Edit a video in Premiere Pro, do your design work in Illustrator, create a publication in InDesign, edit photos in Lightroom and Photoshop, and clean up your audio in Audition. Students bring a flash drive to keep their projects and files.

Equipment College is a great time to begin building your equipment inventory, and Professor Yanike is happy to recommend equipment that will best serve your needs based on your specific interests. However, it is not required that you have your own equipment to enroll in the media arts program. We have sets of Canon DSLR cameras, lenses, sound recording equipment, and lighting equipment. We continue to build our inventory, which you can check out in order to build professional portfolio work.

Opportunities Media Portfolio Every media arts student will graduate with a digital media portfolio to highlight creative work for potential employers or graduate school. You will create your online portfolio in MEA475: Capstone, or refine it, and you’ll build your resume, learn to write cover letters, and prepare for the job market.

Media Arts Internships Media arts majors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of an internship opportunity (or a few) throughout their time at Corban. Students can take up to six credits of MEA493: Media Arts Internship, which can be broken into one-, two-, or three-credit experiences. Each credit requires 50 hours of internship time spent on the job. We have partnerships on campus within the Corban system, and we have connections to the community, including local churches. Additionally, students can bring opportunities of their own for consideration.

Hilltop Media Combine your interest in media and writing. Create fun, newsworthy stories, podcasts, videos, and photography content for the student publications at Corban: for example, the Corban Hilltop Media website, the Hilltop Media Facebook page, and Corban Media Arts Instagram. Students can earn Hilltop credit by taking MEA323: Creative Media Lab.

Corban Tech Team Looking for a student job? Consider applying to work on Corban's Tech Team. You will learn to do tech for Corban events, including dances, dorm events, theatre productions, and chapels. Duties include setting up and tearing down the lights for the stage, managing the projector slides, wiring microphones, Livestreaming, and hooking up instruments. Tech Team is not intimidating, and you don't have to think of yourself as a "techy" person.

Corban Theater Corban theater can sharpen your filmmaking skills in directing, acting, portraying emotions, costuming, and set designing. Being a part of theater is like having a second family who laughs together and shares life, all the while working hard and accomplishing something meaningful. Stage crew, the tech team, set construction, costuming, props management, hair, makeup, and publicity are only a few of the additional theater roles that students can fulfill to sharpen their skills for media arts careers. If you stick around Corban theatre long enough, you will never want to leave.

Los Angeles Semester The Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) offers a faith and film study abroad experience for Christian artists to learn critical filmmaking skills in the heart of Hollyhood. The spring semester study abroad program for junior and senior Media Arts majors is a partnership between the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and Olivet Nazarene University (ONU). Students are able to exchange their Corban tuition and housing package with ONU to pay for this study abroad. Students are responsible to pay for their food while living in Los Angeles, averaging $100/week. LAFSC accepts 45 students who live together at the Park Le Bre apartments, which is within walking distance to easy grocery shopping and dining. Students utilize public transportation or ride share apps to get to internships and classes, and share apartments and have access to kitchens, as well as amenities of an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. ( Director Chris Retts and Assistant Director Sarah Duff are alumni of the program and live in Los Angeles to facilitate this study abroad experience. Both are alumni of LAFSC and leaders in the faith and film industry in Los Angeles. They will be accessible to your students at all times throughout their semester, serving their academic, internship, production and spiritual needs. Core Courses: Faith and Artistic Development (3 CR) Hollywood Production Workshop (3 CR) Inside Hollywood (6 CR) Elective Courses: Narrative Storytelling (3 CR) Professional Screenwriting (3 CR)

Careers in the Field Career options in media that were once hard to imagine have been fully integrated into the mainstream job market. Personal mentoring, small class sizes, lab projects, and facultysupported internships enhance graduates' prospects for pursuing careers as media specialists in ministry, missions, and the marketplace.

POTENTIAL JOB TITLES Marketing / Communications / Media Coordinator or Director Digital Media Strategist Digital Storyteller Content Creator Media Entrepreneur Photographer Graphic Designer Development / Donor Relations Social Media Strategist Social Media Content Specialist Multi-Media Journalist Copywriter Video Editor / Producer / Director Video Specialist Audio Visual Technician Camera Operator Communications Specialist Media Relations


Corban has multiple channels to share your film work. The SGA Film Fest is a night people gather together to watch fantastic short films created by Corban students. It is a formal, redcarpet screening event followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and awards. As part of your classwork, Media Arts hosts film premieres to showcase student work projects for Short Film and Cinematography.


Corban's Fusion Art Show is a gallery event showcasing poetry from the Creative Writing Department under Dr. Colette Tennant, who annually finds painters and photographers to interpret students' poems. On showcase night, poets read their work, then the artists present their pieces. An awards ceremony gives away thousands of dollars in prizes, and books are sold to the public.


The Portland Film Festival is a weeklong filmmaker event with networking opportunities, professional workshops, guest speakers, film premieres, finance discussions, and Q&As with directors hosted annually at the Laurelhurst Theater.

Media Arts Classes MEA202 Visual Arts I: Foundation (3) This project-based course introduces the art of visual design and develops skills in graphic design, photography, print and layout design, and print production. Each project explores art appreciation and new career skills. Enrollment is limited. MEA213 Media and Society (3) Movies, TV, radio, digital and print mediums are studied as media industries, creative arts, and agents of redemption. MEA222 Visual Arts II: Digital Storytelling (3) This course acquaints students with the aesthetics of digital storytelling, focusing on concepts and techniques of story structure, plot, and visual design in the media formats of photography, video, and podcast/audio). MEA253 Creativity and Career (3) Creativity is a highly coveted skill in today’s workforce across all disciplines. This course will equip students to engage in multiple creative processes, tapping into their potential to solve problems through design thinking and innovation. JRN263 Journalistic Writing (3) Introduces the craft of journalism – its history, components and application – with an emphasis on practical interviewing, newswriting, and editing. Students learn news values and the basics of writing for mass media, including Associated Press style. Prerequisite: WRI123, WRI132 (Fall) JRN283 Integrated Media & Publication (3) Students gain valuable resume and portfolio experience working as a collective team to produce a student publication in this project-based class. Integrated publication projects require students to take on roles based on strengths and skills that include copyrighting, photography, video, graphic design, and journalistic writing. MEA264 Photography & Visual Rhetoric (3) Students will learn to “paint with light” by creating still images for print and digital media. This course emphasizes universal composition principles, photo storytelling, hands-on practice, editing, along with beginning skills in DSLR photography to become creators and digital storytellers for photography and video. MEA323 Creative Media Lab (3) The Creative Media Lab is more production than the traditional classroom. Students work as a staff to gain valuable resume and portfolio experience working to produce in this project-based class. Projects require students to take on roles based on their strengths and skills, including photography, video, graphic design, and journalism (interviewing, reporting, writing, editing). May be repeated per Media Arts Director’s permission; maximum credit allowance of 6 semester hours as electives. MEA344 Studio Voice, Audio, Podcast (3) Students study vocal and recording techniques appropriate for radio, podcast, video and developing media. Students present a variety of projects and critically assess their own and their classmates' work to foster encouragement, growth, improvement, and real-world preparation (examples may include sports broadcasting, advertising, icebreakers, public service announcements, news, testimonies, narration, conducting interviews, eulogies, audiobooks, podcasting.) Prerequisite: COM102 MEA354 Visual Arts III: Graphic Design (3) Students study the visual art of graphic design and the related aspects of production to produce art appropriate for the developing media. MEA355 Media Entrepreneur (3) Course designed to equip students with the myths and mindsets, business plan, and marketing principles of what it takes to succeed as a freelance content creator. The entrepreneur, technical worker, and manager live inside of every creative and present a balancing act when starting up a new venture. This class examines cases studies of success and failure.

MEA383 Narrative Theory (3) Explores narrative theory and examines examples of narrative excellence to promote good storytelling, which is foundational to media arts. Prerequisite: WRI123. MEA417 Short Film Practicum (3) The course is designed to help students integrate all previous coursework, writing, filming, storytelling, theory, and collaboration to write and produce a short film. Prerequisites COM222. MEA418 Social Media Practicum (3) This is a course in advanced social media strategy and content development. Students integrate all previous coursework in writing, design, storytelling, video, photography, theory, and collaboration, and they create portfolio projects in social media content development. MEA419 Advanced Photography Practicum (3) This is a course in advanced photography. Students integrate all previous coursework in photography, storytelling, theory, and collaboration and then they produce portfolio projects in photography. Prerequisites MEA264. MEA424 Media Law and Ethics (3) A survey of current media law for both traditional and new media formats to explore constitutional protections and limitations (copyright, censorship, libel, licensing, information access, privacy) while analyzing the foundations of moral reasoning and ethics. Project opportunities for students to apply media law to an area of personal interest. MEA473 Cinematography (3) Examines the art of Cinematography, motion picture photography, and uses celebrated film examples to promote the development of composition, camera movement, lighting, and continuity. Students produce film/video pieces for portfolio development. Prerequisites: MEA222 MEA475 Media Arts Capstone (3) The capstone course is a checkpoint to prepare media arts seniors for graduation. Students will integrate their varied media skills and projects into a professional portfolio site of choice and complete a capstone project to present examples of their media work. This course is designed to write resumes for job applications or graduate school, as well as participate in career coaching, and consider what it means to have a biblical worldview of courage and calling. Prerequisite: Senior Standing MEA493 Media Arts Internship (3) Internship under the direction of Media Arts Department.

Media Arts Professors

PROFESSOR NAOMI YANIKE MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR "You can learn from YouTube how to make cool stuff; it's true. You don't have to come to Corban and study Media Arts. There's cool stuff on the Internet. But YouTube won't necessarily shape your heart or worldview. Corban works to prepare your character, give you a network, hold you accountable for excellent work, be there with you when you need support and guidance, or help you find a community of other students to work with on projects. The value of studying Media Arts at Corban is reflected in the well-rounded education for the head, heart, and hands. Students come to Corban full of potential and God-given gifts and talents. We are here to encourage, confirm, sharpen, and enhance the good work in each student."

DR. RYAN J. STARK “The great students. My great colleagues. The vibrant setting.” Dr. Stark teaches freshman and advanced writing, logic, a worldview seminar, and several philosophy and literature courses. In terms of research, he works primarily in the field of rhetoric and religion, but on the side investigates fantastical literature and select video games.




“As a Christian, I thought it would be wonderful to

“Attending a Christian university was influential in

teach at a Christian university since I had taught at

my career preparation and inspired me to want to



give back to the next generation. It is exciting to be

Prospective students should know that they would




part of the formation process of developing

be hard-pressed to find a more caring college than

Christian business leaders who will live out their

Corban. We have an excellent English department

faith as part of their careers.”

with lots of outlets for creativity.”





“I chose Corban because of the institution’s

“I enjoy my job teaching literature and directing



theatre, as it pays me to do the things I love: read,

education. Integrating worldview ideas and themes




teach, discuss the intersection of the arts and

with the study of the human experience remains

Christianity, and connect with students.”

one of my ongoing joys as I teach and interact with Corban students.”





“I started at Corban in 2008 as an adjunct

“Attending Corban University changed me. I’m

teaching short story writing. I was immediately

thankful for the opportunity to be part of a school



where people view their work as worship. Some of

exhibited by both students and faculty. I had





my most memorable moments have come from in-

never before encountered a group of students

class and out-of-class experiences that connected

and faculty who demonstrated such a high

us with our Creator and with each other. Corban is

level of intellectual curiosity as well as genuine

a place where we walk together, laugh together,

warmth for one another.”

and study together. It’s a place where we find God


together, sometimes where we least expect Him.”


Meet your Advisor: AC3303

Contact Professor Naomi Yanike to set up a meeting to learn more about CU Media Arts. Email: Phone: (503) 375-7190 Academic Center Office 3303

Program Director

"Bring us the bright ones who are full of ideas. Bring us unique thinkers who love flexibility and imagination. Bring us the individuals who desire independence and want to become courageous and confident in their work. Bring us the hungry, humble, and smart ones ready to learn."


Get Connected Follow us on Instagram: @corbanmediaarts See examples of student films, photography, podcasts, senior spotlights, news and events.



contact us

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