Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

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Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts logo.jpg
DeanRobert Bassett
Academic staff
44 full-time, 86 adjunct
Students1500 (approx.)
Undergraduates250 (per year)
Postgraduates150 (per year)
LocationOrange, California

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is one of ten schools constituting Chapman University, located in Orange, California, 40 miles south of Los Angeles. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, with programs in film production, screenwriting, creative producing, news and documentary, public relations and advertising, digital arts, film studies, television writing and producing, and screen acting.

Dodge College has approximately 1,465 students: 1,209 in the undergraduate program and 256 in the graduate program.


The School of Film and Television was created in 1996 with Robert Bassett as the founding dean. The school occupied a building on main campus named for filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, in honor of support by CeCe Presley, DeMille’s granddaughter. Bassett subsequently led a campaign that ultimately raised $52-million to build and equip a new building. A gift of $20-million from Lawrence and Kristina Dodge led to the naming of Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, housed in Marion Knott Studios, named for philanthropist Marion Knott, who made a major gift to the project.


The school is housed within three buildings in Orange, CA.

Marion Knott Studios, a 76,000-square-foot building designed to replicate a working production studio.[1] Open 24/7 to students, it includes :

  • 2 sound stages (2500 and 5000 sq. ft.)
  • Cinematography and Directing insert stage
  • Television and Broadcast Journalism Hi-Def stage and control room
  • Foley stage
  • Locker rooms, hair/makeup studio, green room
  • 2 Audition Rooms
  • Set Design shop
  • Production Design studio
  • Production Management Office with Computers, Phones, Fax, Printers, and Meeting Space
  • 2 computer labs
  • 36 individual editing suites
  • 4 mixing studios
  • Spirit 4K Datacine
  • 500-seat Folino Theater with film and digital projection as well as Dolby Digital surround sound

The Digital Media Arts Center,[2] an 18,000 square-foot building for the Digital Arts - Animation and Visual Effects programs, opened for classes in the fall of 2014. The Digital Media Arts Center is a working, industry-standard studio that rivals those of Pixar, Disney, Microsoft, and Google. It combines “hang-out spaces” that include a coffee bar, relaxed indoor lounge and large patio with picnic tables, with flexible classrooms and laboratories that provide Dodge College students with access to the very latest technology so that they are well-prepared to work as professionals on Hollywood’s most technically sophisticated projects. It includes:

  • A 32-workstation dual monitor digital arts computer lab with 22”HD cintiq drawing surface and ergotron extension arm.
  • A 25-workstation digital arts computer lab with 22”HD cintiq drawing surface and ergotron extension arm with 2d animation light-box drawing station.
  • 10 private digital arts suites complete with 42” plasma preview monitor, large-format scanners, and 2d animation down-shooters for traditional hand-drawn animation.
  • Natural sky-lit art studio, with 25 wood-bench stations for still art drawing or painting.
  • Screening room with tiered seating and a 4k stereoscopic projection system with a Fuse DCP projection system.
  • 1,500-square-foot directing stage, with 2k projection and ceiling grid lighting.
  • A full 65 blade render farm powered by both Quanta and IBM xeon-based computers. The render farm is located offsite at Marion Knott next door, but is tied into each station in the Digital Media Arts Center.

Chapman Studios West[3] is a 38,000-square-foot building that supports Dodge College’s documentary filmmaking program in the Dhont Documentary Center. It includes:

  • 900-sq.ft. screening room with seating for 50
  • 2,000-sq.ft. cinematography stage
  • 6,000-sq.ft. scene shop with equipment including a Computer Numerical Control Machine that cuts material through computer input
  • 7,000-sq.ft. props/set warehouse that includes 18,000 individual props inherited from Laguna Playhouse availablefor student productions
  • 2 Editing Suites
  • 1 Sound Mixing/Color Correction Finishing Suite




Media Arts[edit]

Graduate Conservatory[edit]

  • M.A. Film Studies
  • M.F.A. Film Production
  • M.F.A. Film and Television Producing
  • M.F.A. Production Design
  • M.F.A. Screenwriting
  • M.B.A./M.F.A. Film and TV Producing
  • M.F.A. Documentary Filmmaking

Joint degrees[edit]

Minors offered in Dodge College include film studies, broadcast journalism, television, advertising, public relations, visual effects, production design for film, and documentary film.

The Summer Film Academy offers two-week courses to students entering their junior or senior year in high school [4]

Conferences and festivals[edit]

Women in Focus is an annual conference celebrating the women who have been successful in the often male dominated film business. The college invites women who work in film as panelists, to show clips of their work and discuss the challenges facing women in the industry. Past panels have included female directors, producers, production designers, editors, cinematographers, and studio executives and more:

The Sikh Film Festival is an annual three-day festival at the college showcasing a diverse assortment of Sikh-centric films, books, art performance pieces and music .[5]

Select student films are screened for industry representatives at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles each fall and in New York each spring.

The college has hosted the University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference three times, in 1996, 2006, and 2013.[6][7]

The college hosted the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT) Conference in 2014.


Each semester, an industry veteran spends 15 weeks at Dodge College screening films and working individually with 10 selected students.[8]

Chapman Filmed Entertainment[edit]

In March 2011, the college created Chapman Filmed Entertainment, a film production and distribution company.[9] Composed of industry veterans, advisors, and Chapman faculty, the company is intended to produce five to ten pictures per year with budgets ranging from $250,000-$625,000

International connections[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Marion Knott Studios". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Digital Media Arts Center". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Chapman Studios West". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ Staff Writer (2017). "Summer Film Academy". Chapman University. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Film Festival". Retrieved May 5th 2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ Staff Writer (2013). "Past Conferences". UFVA. University Film & Video Association. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ Staff Writer (2013). "2013 UFCA Conference Information". UFVA. University Film & Video Association. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013.
  8. ^ Staff Writer. "Connecting the industry with Chapman". Chapman University. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  9. ^ Abrams, Rachel (30 March 2011). "Chapman U Debuts Feature Film Label". Variety. Variety Media.
  10. ^ " Amazing Race".

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