Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

College in Orange, California, U.S.
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
DeanStephen Galloway
Academic staff
44 full-time, 86 adjunct
Students1500 (approx.)
Undergraduates250 (per year)
Postgraduates150 (per year)
Orange, California

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is one of 10 schools constituting Chapman University, located in Orange, California, 40 miles (64 km) south of Los Angeles. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, with programs in film production, screenwriting, creative producing, news, documentary, public relations, advertising, digital arts, film studies, television writing, producing, and screen acting.

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

Dodge hosts industry professionals as part of its Masterclass program. Guests have included Michelle Yeoh, Colin Farrell, Guillermo del Toro, Ke Huy Quan, Brendan Fraser and more.[1]


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 grand daughter. 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.

Robert Bassett resigned as dean in 2019. Following his resignation, associate dean and professor Michael Kowalski served as the interim dean. In January 2020, Dodge College announced its hiring of Stephen Galloway, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter, as the new dean, effective March 30, 2020.


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

Marion Knott Studios, a 76,000 sq ft (7,100 m2) building designed to replicate a working production studio.[2] Open 24/7 to students, it includes:

  • 2 sound stages, 2,500 and 5,000 sq ft (230 and 460 m2)
  • 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 Atmos surround sound

The Digital Media Arts Center,[3] an 18,000 sq ft (1,700 m2) 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, indoor lounge and large patio with picnic tables, with flexible classrooms and laboratories that provide Dodge College students with access to technology including:

  • 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 sq ft (140 m2)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[4] 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 (84 m2) screening room with seating for 50
  • 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) cinematography stage
  • 6,000 sq ft (560 m2) scene shop with equipment including a Computer Numerical Control Machine that cuts material through computer input
  • 7,000 sq ft (650 m2) props/set warehouse that includes 18,000 individual props inherited from Laguna Playhouse available for student productions
  • 2 Editing Suites
  • 1 Sound Mixing/Color Correction Finishing Suite


Dodge College Masterclasses generally include a screening of the individuals' work along with an interview component. Guest list has included:


Undergraduate Degrees


Bachelor of Arts

• Film and Media Studies, B.A.

• Public Relations, Advertising, and Entertainment Marketing, B.A.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

• Animation and Visual Effects, B.F.A.

• Broadcast Journalism and Documentary, B.F.A.

• Creative Producing, B.F.A.

• Film and Television Production, B.F.A.

• Screen Acting, B.F.A.

• Writing for Film and Television, B.F.A.


• Advertising, Minor

• Broadcast Journalism, Minor

• Documentary Film, Minor

• Film and Media Studies, Minor

• Production Design for Film, Minor

• Public Relations, Minor

• Television, Minor

• Visual Effects, Minor

• VR and AR, Minor

Integrated Programs

• Integrated Bachelor’s degree/Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies

Graduate Degrees

  • 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

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.[6]

Conferences and festivals

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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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 ten selected students.[10]

International connections


  1. ^ "Dodge College". Retrieved 2023-06-12.
  2. ^ "Marion Knott Studios". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Digital Media Arts Center". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Chapman Studios West". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
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  6. ^ Staff Writer (2017). "Summer Film Academy". Chapman University. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Film Festival". Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Staff Writer (2013). "Past Conferences". UFVA. University Film & Video Association. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ Staff Writer (2013). "2013 UFCA Conference Information". UFVA. University Film & Video Association. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013.
  10. ^ Staff Writer. "Connecting the industry with Chapman". Chapman University. Retrieved 19 September 2017.

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