John Paul the Great Catholic University

Escondido, CA

John Paul the Great Catholic University, founded in 2003, is a private, coeducational institution. Its campus is located in Escondido, California.

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John Paul the Great Catholic University

Escondido, CA

The Catholic University for Creative Arts & Business Innovation


306 students

49% of students from out of state

15:1 student-faculty ratio

97%+ of students receiving financial aid

92% job placement rate

Degrees & Emphases
BS in Communications Media
• Acting for Stage & Screen
• Animation
• Film Producing
• Film Production & Directing
• Game Development
• Graphic Design
• Post-production
• Screenwriting

BS in Business
• Creative Entrepreneurship
• Leadership & Management
• Marketing & Sales

BA in Humanities
• Creative Writing & Screenwriting
• Illustration
• Musical Theatre
• New Evangelization
• Theology & Philosophy

Alumni Success
Our graduates have worked for or with companies such as:
• Adidas
• CBS Television
• Calbiotech
• Catholic Answers
• Coca-Cola
• DIY Network
• Drive Studio
• Fandango
• FX Networks
• Indian Paintbrush
• Insomniac Games
• Jim Henson Company
• Life Teen
• Metanoia Films
• Netflix
• Paramount Pictures
• PlayStation
• Psyonix
• Rooster Teeth
• San Diego Zoo
• Silvergate Bank
• Skydance Media
• Sony Online Entertainment
• Universal Pictures
• Yellow Line Digital

At JPCatholic, we believe in the power of beauty to transform culture. That’s why we’re shaping the next generation of artists and innovators with academic excellence, unparalleled creativity, and an authentic community centered around Jesus Christ.

Our unique academic model prepares students for their careers with a focus on hands-on projects, mentorship, and portfolio preparation, combined with a Catholic liberal arts education in literature, theology, and philosophy.

Creative arts and digital media
Are you Catholic and creative? In the Communications Media program, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your creative talent within a supportive Catholic environment. Explore areas of emphasis in Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Acting, Film Production, Screenwriting, Video Game Development, and more. Our small class sizes offer you the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who have worked at companies like Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Sony.

You don’t just learn theory—you put it into practice. Whether it’s publishing a game on Steam or casting SAG talent for your film project, you’ll learn what it takes to bring your vision to life. You’ll graduate from JPCatholic being able to create at a high level with professionally polished projects.

Business innovation
Do you have a passion for innovation, marketing, or leading projects? Our hands-on Business program prepares you for a career as a business leader with emphases in Leadership and Management, Marketing and Sales, and Creative Entrepreneurship. You’ll be mentored by executives who support your professional and personal growth.

Interested in starting your own company? You can bring your business idea to life in our Launchpad sequence, receiving guidance from faculty as you iterate on your business model and potentially utilizing free office space on campus as your company grows.

Graduate in three years
Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. We structure our program on a year-round quarter system, and students graduate with their bachelor’s degree in just three years.
Our Los Angeles Quarter in the senior year also provides Communications Media students with even more opportunities for internships, which can help you transition into employment after graduation.

Supportive Catholic community
Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We are a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth at JPCatholic, including daily Mass, confession, adoration, Rosary, retreats, and service projects.