Undergraduate Studies


The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts at The Ohio State University offers many options for undergraduate students interested in cinema and filmmaking.

Our majors in Film Studies and Moving-Image Production, and minors in Film Studies and Screenwriting learn to identify, analyze, create, and synthesize important information, developing critical and audio-visual literacy. Incorporating fields such as art and aesthetics, intercultural contexts, foreign languages, history, popular culture, media production, and many modes of visual arts, our programs offer students extensive possibilities to explore how meaning grows from moving images.


Film Studies, Moving-Image Production, and Screenwriting 

Emily Carpenter is the undergraduate Academic Advisor for Film Studies major and minor, Moving-Image Production major, and Screenwriting minor. All majors and minors have a dedicated academic advisor who assists students with degree planning, scheduling courses, preparing course petitions, and filing graduation applications. Appointments can be made with Ms. Carpenter via email (or online, for current students). 


Moving-Image Production Major

Competitive, hands-on production major. Students begin as Pre-MIP in a series of first-year Filmmaking Foundations courses, then apply to the major at the end of the first year with a portfolio review. The major in Moving-Image Production (MIP) prepares students for a range of careers or graduate studies in Filmmaking. It emphasizes specialized studio practice the development of critical storytelling skills, and a proficiency in visual literacy. Integrating theory and practice, it is designed to produce filmmakers with critical-thinking skills and independent voices, who will bring new vision to the film industry, independent cinema, and visual culture.

Film Studies Major

The Film Studies Major is an open-enrollment major that concentrates on cinema as an international social practice and shapes its study as a humanistic discipline. Students complete core courses in basic film analysis, history, and theory, and then go on to take classes in early, multicultural, and experimental traditions, choose film studies electives, develop a three course focus area in film theory, film production/animation, or screenwriting, and complete an intensive senior seminar.


Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies allows students to unite classes devoted to the analysis of cinema both as a unique art form in its own right, and as a medium influenced and shaped by related fields such as literature and the visual arts. Students enrolled in the Film Studies minor will gain an understanding of the evolution of cinema, the relations between film and other arts, and the international dimensions of the medium. Courses eligible for credit in the minor are housed under units such as: East Asian, English, French and Italian, Film Studies, German, History of Art, Music, Slavic/Eastern European, Spanish and Portuguese, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Screenwriting Minor

Combining theory and practice, the Screenwriting Minor prepares students to develop original stories, scripts, and screenplays for production as works of moving-image art. In addition to developing skills for writing for the screen in a variety of forms—fictional narrative film, experimental film, documentary, animation, television, and/or new media—students will garner a foundational understanding of film history and theory and of storytelling conventions across media. Through this in-depth study of the art of screenwriting, students will be able to hone their own distinct voices, gaining crucial professional experience for careers in film and television writing.