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Why Study Broadcast and Cinema Arts at Madonna University?

  • More hands-on experience than at other universities
  • Internship and senior capstone project experiences that impress employers
  • Talented professors who have worked, or currently work, in the broadcast and film industry
  • High definition, industry standard, digital radio/TV studios and edit suites
  • Opportunity to work on a student-produced full-length, feature film

The Broadcast and Cinema Arts Program will prepare you to enter the business of television, radio, filmmaking, and media. The program combines theory with intensive hands-on learning. Approximately 96 percent of our graduates are employed in their field within a year after graduation. Our professors bring a wealth of industry experience into the studios, classrooms, and edit suites. You won't just study the art of broadcasting and film making, you'll actually create it. And you will work with the same equipment used by the top professionals in radio, television, film and the internet.

From the beginning Production Class to the Capstone Film Class, you will be immersed in the communication process, learning proper use and creation of special effects, on camera performance, lighting, composition, editing, etc. You will work on 45 half-hour programs that actually air on a commercial station, full-length feature film using Hollywood techniques and equipment, as well as many other projects. Your internship will provide valuable experience. Our faculty will assist you in becoming a well-rounded and knowledgeable member of the TV, radio, film, and media industry no matter what specific path you choose.

CareersGrad SchoolEmployers of Alumni
Animator Cornell University   Disney
Broadcast Engineer Emory University  Google
Cinematographer  Johns Hopkins University Monroe Evening News
Digital Media Manager Mount St. Mary's University Oakland Intermediate Schools
Director Temple University Pixar Studios 
Editor University of Southern California WNEM TV 5, Saginaw
Gaffer    
Locations Manager    
Marketing and Sales Manager    
Master Control Operator    
Multimedia Designer    
On-air Talent    
Producer    
Programming Director    
Promotions Director    
Traffic Director    
Videographer    
Visual Effects Specialist    
Writer    
Sara Byrne

Sara (Simnitch) Byrne '11 quickly progressed from a rookie journalist to award-winning broadcast reporter. She began as a general assignment reporter at 9 & 10 Fox 32 News in the Traverse City bureau, where she remained for two years, before being promoted to evening anchor for the 7 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Fox 32. A year later, Byrne earned the anchor position for Michigan this Morning, one of northern Michigan's most-watched morning shows. "It was a true privilege to be offered that anchor chair," she said. She received two Michigan Associated Press Awards and two Michigan Association of Broadcasting awards during her tenure there. Byrne serves as a freelance/fill-in reporter at WNEM TV-5 in Saginaw.

"Madonna's BCA program has grown by leaps and bounds even since I was a part of it and I couldn't be happier to see that," she said. "The state-of-the-art studio is by far the best part of the program. It helps to learn hands-on and not many colleges afford students that opportunity. A Catholic education was also a primary reason why Madonna was the perfect fit. It was close to home, had intimate class sizes, had a religious base and was very affordable for a private college," she said.