You’ve seen the ads, and you’re starting to wonder: Is a master’s degree in cinema, religion, and worldview right for you? Let us help you out. Here are three signs you might be called to join our cinema, religion, and worldview (CR&W ) program.
1. You’re a storyteller.
In our CR&W program, we’ve had pastors, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and even a musician …But they all loved to tell stories. Sound familiar?
As a kid, did you jump at the chance to tell a story to your family and friends? Did you comb your backyard with a camera for the perfect shot? Did you love to get lost in a beautifully crafted movie or book? You might have grown up to be a preacher, or a vlogger who speaks to audiences directly. You might like to stay behind your camera, or type stories into your computer. Either way, there’s a place for you. In our CR&W program, we’ve had pastors, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and even a musician. Some had lots of experience, some were just getting started. But they all loved to tell stories. Sound familiar? If so, you’ll fit right in.
2. You believe in the power of film.
“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.”
“Photography is truth,” wrote French filmmaker Jean-Luc Goddard. “The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.” If you think that truth has power, if you believe film can bring positive change, then you think like a CR&W student. And to create change through cinema, you’ll need to understand the language of film, the origins of the stories we tell, and the way different audiences will interpret your stories.
Is God calling you to use film’s power for good? Only you know. But if you do hear that call, remember, you don’t have to find your way alone.
3. You want to do something new for God.
If you can’t squeeze into a standard career mold, don’t stress.
God’s plan for you doesn’t fit in a box. Be who you were made to be.
Ever been jealous of doctors, nurses, or teachers, not because you want their jobs, but because there are so many places they can use those gifts to serve God? For visual storytellers, it can be a little harder to find where you belong. But don’t worry. Paul, in the Bible, wrote that the body of Christ has all different gifts and talents.
Whether you’re a writer or filmmaker who wants to make a difference with your gifts, or a pastor who wants to reach on-screen audiences for Jesus, there’s a place for you. If you can’t squeeze into a standard career mold, don’t give up. God’s plan for you doesn’t fit in a box. Be who you were made to be.
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The master of arts in cinema, religion, and worldview is designed for filmmakers, pastors, and communicators who feel called to tell stories that create change. Students in our two-year hybrid program spend two weeks each summer in on-campus intensives, and the remaining time learning online, so you can continue to earn while you learn. Check out our student films, and view our program curriculum to learn more. Apply now for the summer 2019 cohort and we’ll waive your application fee.