Film Studies and Moving-Image Production at Ohio State are interdisciplinary majors housed in The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts. We also offer two undergraduate minors in Film Studies and Screenwriting, and a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies.

Skills and Careers

Students explore the historical, social, and political dimensions of film and culture more broadly, with knowledge and practice in analysis, synthesis, and expression that many employers find vital. Our students learn how to: synthesize information; write effectively with an ability to explain processes and concepts; think critically; evaluate ideas, sources and presentations; plan and present specific viewpoints and interpretations; persuasive communication skills; an awareness of cultural and institutional values and messages; planning and management skills; reporting and editing skills; data and research skills;  an ability to work independently as well as in small groups. 

Many graduates of Film Studies and Moving-Image Production find positions with film companies, film archives, and festivals. Others work as media creators, visual artists, art managers, critics and journalists, creators, and teachers at a variety of levels. Graduates in film studies have pursued higher education in related fields, and have been competitive in graduate school applications in education, film studies and production, fine art, and law, among other areas. Our graduates are also prepared for positions in government, not-for-profit organizations, and industry fields that are open to those majoring in the humanities. Other types of possibility reside in the communications job market—public relations, technical writing, advertising, and educational media are just a few of the exciting career avenues that majors might take.

Career Options for Students of Film Studies and Moving-Image Production include: 

  • industrial and independent filmmakers and visual media artists, animators and game-design technicians. 

  • videographers, cinematographers, editors, producers.

  • media critics, arts journalists, press agents.

  • actors/actresses, directors/assistant directors; drama coaches, drama therapists.

  • studio merchandising or distribution company work.

  • dramaturges, story editors, screenwriters, script supervisors, development editors.

  • casting directors or casting assistants.

  • film archivists, museum studies work, program researchers, film/library assistants. 

  • tourist industry or community arts workers.

  • theater managers, publicists, talent agents, talent representatives.

  • television production assistants, camera operators, censors, colorizing technicians.

  • sound editors, rerecording mixer, visual effects editors, prop makers, costume designers.

  •  lighting technicians, sound and special effects specialists.

  • media program assistants, personal assistants to the director.