1 Undergraduate Degree Programs Authentically Catholic higher education in media, business, and theology
3 Impact Culture for Christ At John Paul the Great Catholic University, we re committed to one mission - to Impact Culture for Christ. We re shaping leaders for the 21st century with academic excellence, with inspiring and unparalleled innovation, building up an authentic Catholic community, and fostering an encounter with the transforming love and truth of Jesus Christ. It s a radical approach to higher education; and our confidence comes from our identity in Christ, our fidelity to His Church, and our unwavering commitment to one another. But we can t do it alone. We re looking for visionaries like you to join us. If you re serious about your faith, and passionate about using business or media to impact the culture for Christ, take a look inside and envision your future at JPCatholic.
4 Authentically Catholic University in San Diego County John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America s Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.
5 At a Glance Program Duration Financial Aid Catholic Identity Patron Graduate in 3 calendar years (12 quarters) Over 93% of undergraduate students receive institutional aid Recommended by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College Saint John Paul II Founded Student-to-Faculty Ratio Average Class Size Placement Rate : % Film and media Programs pg.6 Film Production pg.9 Acting pg.13 Game Art and Design pg.6 Film Producing pg.10 Bump+ pg.16 New Evangelization pg.7 Film Equipment pg.11 Red Line pg.8 Screenwriting pg.12 Animation Business Programs Student Life pg.14 Entrepreneurial Business pg.17 Catholic Core pg.14 Sales and Marketing pg.18 Student Life pg.14 Leadership and Management pg.15 Business Launchpad
6 Film Production Are you called to be a visual storyteller? In the Production emphasis, you ll hone the critical skills you will need to flourish in your career as a director, cinematographer, editor, sound tech, or other production professional. Our hands-on curriculum focuses on creativity and action, bringing your ideas to life with excellence in every aspect of production. Are you business-savvy and passionate about entertainment media? You ll thrive in our Producing emphasis. Master the business side of entertainment, where you ll manage the funding, the creative and technical teams, and develop a deep understanding of the creative process tempered by a realistic view of the entertainment business. In either emphasis, you ll have the opportunity to gain real world experience through significant internships or commercial projects, giving you the chance to build your resume prior to graduation. 6 Become a director, cinematographer, editor, or producer Learn the ins and outs of the business of entertainment Start learning production in your freshman year Direct mentorship from experienced industry professionals Besides equipping me with production skills, JPCatholic really prepared me for the work I m doing by teaching me to depend on God and challenging me to get hands-on experience. Alumna Mollie O Hare Production Coordinator, Metanoia Films
7 Film Equipment JPCatholic s media program features a rigorous, hands-on education using the latest, cutting-edge equipment and editing labs. Create film sets for your productions in our soundstage. The soundstage is outfitted with a full lighting grid and support equipment - everything from monitors to meathooks and cutters to cucalorises. Our portable equipment for on-location shoots includes cameras that shoot in high-definition digital video, an assortment of lighting (spot light, flood lights, small lights, hard lights, soft lights) and sound equipment (boom, wireless, and hand-held microphones and mixers). Craft your masterpiece in our state-of-the-art post-production lab featuring Macintosh editing stations, loaded with industry standard post-production software. Picture editing, motion graphics, animation and compositing, 3D modeling, DVD authoring, and sound design are all at your fingertips. Make your vision become reality. Record your project in our full-featured soundstage Access to all equipment, including cameras, lights, mics, and more Industry standard post-production computers, hardware, and software Edit, composite, animate, design, package, and ship your project 7
8 Screenwriting Stories impact us in profound ways. Good stories can inspire and touch our souls; they bring freshness, life, understanding, and clarity to our experience. Stories draw us closer to God and to truth, beauty, and goodness. Story, in essence, is at the core of the entertainment that shapes our culture and society. If you aspire to write and bring stories to life, JPCatholic s Screenwriting curriculum will give you the training and network you need to succeed. Program director Christopher Riley is a veteran WGA screenwriter and applies his professional experience directly to your curriculum. You ll graduate with polished screenplays, a professional network, and mentors who care about you personally and spiritually. It s an oft-quoted Hollywood saying: Success isn t what you know, it s who you know. At JPCatholic, you ll have the opportunity to create a powerful network of collaborators, mentors, and investors. 8 Graduate with a polished feature film and TV script Direct mentorship from experienced industry professionals Begin honing your writing craft in your freshman year Deepen your storytelling by studying literature, art, and music A veteran of the Warner Bros. script department, Prof. Riley is the author of The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style, commonly used as the text for writing classes in universities nationwide. Christopher Riley Professor of Film
9 Acting JPCatholic s patron Saint John Paul the Great was an accomplished actor and playwright in his youth and believed in the power of performance to communicate truth and beauty, and to positively impact society. JPCatholic s Acting emphasis is dedicated to the training of exceptional actors who are prepared to use their skills in service of the New Evangelization. The acting curriculum is designed to develop body, voice and speech, as well as intellect and spirit, and, following John Paul II s own Christian Humanism, tends to the formation of the whole person, a person who s prepared to bring his or her gifts to the Church and the world. This intensive curriculum is taught by veterans of both the stage and screen. Under their instruction and guidance, actors are prepared to work in theatre, television and film. Master your confidence, speech, expression, and movement Learn how to perform in both stage and screen productions Develop your craft with performance exercises and analyses Direct mentorship from experienced industry professionals Professor Eskey s program was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my acting training. He takes acting for the screen & stage to a spiritual level, incorporating Theology of the Body. Alumna Paige Grube Production Assistant, Launch Photography 9
10 Film Production film Directing Film Producing Bump+ was a 13-episode web series about three women in crisis pregnancy situations. The show generated national buzz and was featured on websites such as Fox News, Slate, Big Hollywood, and Perez Hilton, while also being discussed on Laura Ingraham s nationally syndicated radio show and many regional and international TV stations. The show was called the most talked-about web series ever created. It made a cultural impact as well; for example, in a poll of high school students, 25% of self-identified pro-choice students changed their minds on the issue of abortion after watching the series. Bump+ exemplified JPCatholic s belief in the power of story to change hearts and minds. Student produced web series seen worldwide Engaging and effective use of new media and film Story and testimony utilized to generate meaningful dialogue Spurred controversy and discussion in national media outlets 10
11 Red Line is a feature film starring John Billingsley (Star Trek Enterprise, Intelligence) and Nicole Gale Anderson (Make it or Break it, Mean Girls 2) about ten passengers trapped in a subway car after a bomb explodes. Most of the movie was filmed in JPCatholic s soundstage, and over 60% of our student body played a role in making the film. Red Line achieved a wide domestic distribution in Red Box, Netflix, Walmart, Target, and many video on demand platforms, while also reaching numerous international markets in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. What I learned in the classroom prepared me for the work I did on Red Line, but I learned far more working on Red Line than I ever did in the classroom. Figuring out how to collaborate with so many moving parts and dealing with unexpected obstacles during shooting - those are things that you just can t get from a lecture or a textbook. You learn that it s not just about talent, but hard work and long hours. And the hard work and long hours pay off somebody on set will notice, and they ll want to work with you again. Alumna Tara Stone, Writer on Red Line Writer/Project Manager, Ferrari Films, Inc.
12 Animation Demand for sophisticated animation and modeling work is coming from many different industries: film, TV, video gaming, commercials, and more. Our Animation emphasis will give you the professional skill set to take advantage of these opportunities, in addition to the ability to enhance your value with a deep understanding of story telling and narrative structure. You will build an artistic foundation in drawing, storytelling, CGI, color and design theory, and software like Photoshop and Maya. Building on this foundation, you dive into 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and compositing, while continuing to dive deeper into the dynamics of how animated films, TV shows, and video games tell stories. Once you ve mastered 3D modeling, you ll move into creating whole environments and exciting characters. Everything culminates in your senior project, where you bring your creations to life in a short film or visual project. 12 Master fundamental art and design for animation Build, rig, and animate your own 3D models and characters Learn industry standard post-processing, editing, & compositing Master visual storytelling to share your voice I have the privilege of being a part of the design team at Drive Studio - I am involved with the entire spectrum of the creative process, including creating concepts, building 3D models, compositing, animating and video editing. Alumnus Nate Sjogren Broadcast Designer, Drive Studio
14 Business Leadership and Management EntrepreneurShip Sales and Marketing Business leaders wield tremendous influence in the shaping of our society. You ll be formed to lead and impact culture positively in an ever-evolving 21st century business environment. Faculty who were executives and entrepreneurs lead you through the complexities of the global economy. JPCatholic s Business major is specifically geared toward leadership. Our unique focus on applied learning means that you graduate with experience: lectures are applied to solve real business problems and lead to an unprecedented level of mastery. You ll apply knowledge in key areas of business: leadership & management, finance & accounting, marketing & sales, competitive strategy, law, business analytics and more. 14 Master the basics - finance, accounting, marketing, law, & more Immerse yourself in business by starting your own company Build your niche market through research and development Guide your business practices with Catholic ethics and morality An entrepreneur can create value in any situation; if there are no jobs, we make them. That is why I went to JPCatholic. I was blessed with an integrated educational experience. Alumnus Stephen Flemings Account Executive, Harvard Engineering
15 15 Film Business Equipment Launchpad film Directing Film Producing What better way to learn business than by building a business with your peers? The Business Launchpad course sequence is your opportunity to build something significant. All entrepreneurship starts with identifying a problem in the marketplace. Launchpad courses guide you through the process of identifying a problem, crafting a solution, validating the idea, and then building a business model around your solution. JPCatholic s faculty has an abundance of senior executive and entrepreneurial experience. You ll get personal mentorship from faculty who have actually built companies. Building a business is a risky endeavor, and JPCatholic s Business Launchpad provides a safe environment for you to make your idea a reality. We provide your company all of the low-cost infrastructure you ll need to get started. Learn to build a business in a safe academic environment Obtain mentorship from faculty who have built their own business Build your company in our business incubator Identify an opening in the marketplace and craft your niche business
16 New Evangelization This new millennium has ushered in an explosion of new media and other channels through which to spread the Good News of Christ, and St. John Paul the Great called us to embrace these new means of communication to impact the culture in which we live. The New Evangelization emphasis embraces his exhortation and features a seamless integration of Sacred Scripture and theology, new media, and film production. You ll complete a comprehensive curriculum of Scripture, Catholic theology, and philosophy. You ll understand how to teach this material and incorporate it into your own prayer life. You ll acquire the media production and business management training to share the Gospel using new media as a youth minister, Catholic media professional, or lay apostolate entrepreneur. You can also advance into our MA in Biblical Theology program to prepare for a career in teaching. 16 Immerse yourself in Catholic theology, philosophy, & Scripture Learn the tools of media communication to share the Gospel Master fundamental business and leadership skills Study theology while learning a practical skill set Author of several books and Senior Fellow for the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Dr. Michael Barber has been granted the mandatum by Bishop Brom, as an ecclesial recognition of teaching communion with the Church. Dr. Michael Barber Department Chair of Theology
17 17 Film Catholic Equipment Core film Directing Film Producing At JPCatholic, our commitment to our Catholic identity is paramount. The teachings of Jesus Christ form our foundation, shaping who you become and preparing you to impact culture for Christ. Our liberal arts core curriculum is rooted in a rigorous study of Sacred Scripture, Catholic theology, and the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. You will also engage the great books of Western Civilization, the great sacred art and music of the Church, the history of philosophical thought, marriage and family, and Catholic social teaching. Most importantly, you will learn how to integrate your study of Scripture into your prayer life, thus turning your work into an expression of your personal commitment to Christ. Celebrate daily Mass and Confession during each academic quarter Visit Christ in the Eucharist in our on-campus chapel Catholic philosophy, theology, & Scripture units built into each degree Join a campus ministry, service outreach, or faith-centered household
18 18 Student Life College is an important time of intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth and maturation. Choose to grow in an environment that supports your faith around peers who share your love of Jesus Christ. Step onto our campus, and you ll find a community steeped in faith, creativity, and fun - a place where you can build lifelong friendships and collaborations. San Diego provides more than just beautiful surfing and outdoor recreation spots enjoy local film festivals, business pitch competitions, film finance seminars, and networking events. Above all, our Catholicism forms the core of our day-to-day lives. Classes are structured around daily Mass, and Confession is offered on campus frequently. A Blessed Sacrament chapel is located within our facilities, providing a constant opportunity for prayer and reflection. Hiking & Outdoors Acting Workshops San Diego Beaches Student Dances Film Festivals
19 Today, as never before, the Church has the opportunity of bringing the Gospel, by witness and word, to all people and nations. I see the dawning of a new missionary age, which will become a radiant day bearing an abundant harvest, if all Christians, and missionaries and young churches in particular, respond with generosity and holiness to the calls and challenges of our time. As Christ sent forth his apostles in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, so too, renewing that same mandate, I extend to all of you my apostolic blessing, in the name of the same Most Holy Trinity. Amen. - Pope Saint John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio