Digital Cinema Arts is cutting edge communication. It is technology. It is pixels, bits, CCDs, algorithms, lasers, and liquid crystal displays. But that’s just one part of the picture.
At its core, Digital Cinema Arts is imagination. It is vision and creativity. It is collaboration and synergy. It is drama, suspense, beauty, and meaning. Although we surround ourselves with the tools of our trade, and while they are an integral part of what we do, Digital Cinema Arts at Lindenwood is fundamentally about the art of storytelling. The technology is important, but in the end it is merely a means to transmit the medium. The LCDs and software of today are no more constant than the vacuum tubes and typewriters that were part of our lives not long ago. The ability to craft a compelling story, on the other hand, is timeless, enduring, and one of the most valuable skills for any professional communicator.
The Digital Cinema Arts degree at Lindenwood is designed to give graduates broad and useful knowledge and experience. In the core classes, students learn principles that are the keys to everything from creating an entertaining movie to producing an effective informational video. Each student tends to forge a unique career path, and the opportunities that exist now might not be the opportunities that exist after graduation. But whatever the opportunities may be, the abilities to meet challenges, engage audiences, provoke thought, and elicit emotions will always be at the top of the list of qualifications.
The success of Digital Cinema Arts students is built on three strong foundational pieces:
- The first cornerstone is the degree program. Graduates can expect their major to provide them with a solid grounding in the moving image, followed by the chance to explore different parts of the field and specialize in a number of areas such as writing, producing, directing, and editing. Students will finish with a capstone film, produced with the best available professional cinematic tools and designed to showcase their creative abilities in the best possible light.
- The second cornerstone is the School of Communications. Digital Cinema Arts students benefit enormously from working with students at LUTV, 89.1 radio, and The Legacy newspaper. Being a communicator in the 21st Century means understanding and using all of the various media effectively. Regardless of their major, all students in Lindenwood’s School of Communications have access to the hands-on training and practice that takes place in our facilities.
- The third cornerstone is Lindenwood’s strong liberal arts curriculum. Colleges did not offer film degrees until the 1960s. Orson Welles never went to film school; Alfred Hitchcock did not hold a BA in cinema; Akira Kurosawa never experienced formal training in filmmaking. Although today’s college students are fortunate to be able to take advantage of cinema degrees and focus their studies on filmmaking, the most important weapons in a filmmaker’s arsenal are things like the appreciation of great literature and philosophy; the understanding of scientific method; the ability to think critically and analytically; and the ability to communicate effectively and lead one’s peers. These things should be the primary goal of all college students, and these things are also the core educational mission of Lindenwood University.