Undergraduate majors and minors in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts


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

Our majors in Film Studies and Moving-Image Production, and multiple minors in film and media 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 Major - film and television theory, history, analysis.

The Film Studies B.A. 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.

Moving-Image Production Major - competitive, lock-step, hands-on production major. 

The Moving-Image Production (MIP) B.A. is a competitive, hands-on production major. Students begin as Pre-Majors ("MIP-Pre") 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 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 and Media Minors in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts

Current students: Advising in 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 major/minor students).