The Department of Film Studies at Ohio State is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the fields of Film Studies, Moving-Image Production, and Screenwriting. The department offers two undergraduate majors - Film Studies and Moving-Image Production, two undergraduate minors - Film Studies Minor, and Screenwriting Minor, and a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies. Students work closely with core faculty and affiliated faculty and develop a rich holistic understanding on the subject matter with coursework both within Film Studies and in many other departments across campus.

Film Collection

The Film Studies Program manages a 16mm film collection as an educational resource for faculty, staff, and graduate students specifically in the field of film studies. The collection hosts a range of films from animation, avant garde, classic Hollywood and foreign films. For more information about the collection contact the program office through the contact page on this site.

To read more about the collection, visit the 16mm Library Internship Blog.

Skills and Careers

The skills a Film Studies major receives are extensive and valuable in a wide range of endeavors. Students explore the historical, social, and political dimensions of film and culture more broadly. They gain knowledge and practice in analysis, synthesis, and expression that many employers find vital. They learn to develop and maintain intellectual concentration, they learn to work both independently and work as part of a group and to develop and maintain intellectual concentration in both settings.

Many graduates of Film Studies find positions with film companies, film archives, and festivals. Others work as art managers, critics, journalists, independent artists, and teachers at a variety of levels. Traditionally, 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. Film studies students are also prepared for the kinds of positions in government, not-for-profit organizations, and industry 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 in film studies might take.

Skills of a Film Studies Majors

  •     Synthesis of information

  •     Writing

  •     Foreign Language skills

  •     Ability to explain processes and concepts

  •     Thinking critically, and an ability to compare and contrast

  •     Evaluate ideas, sources and presentations

  •     Planning and presenting specific viewpoints and interpretations

  •     Influential and persuasion skills

  •     An awareness of cultural values and messages

  •     An awareness of institutional values

  •     Ability to measure media effects and have an attention to details

  •     Planning and management skills

  •     Reporting and editing skills

  •     Gathering data and research skills

  •     Developing market research

  •     Work with deadlines

  •     A know-how to work independently as well as in small groups

Career Options for Students of Film Studies

  • cinematographer, producer, or assistant director

  •     critic, professor, actor/actress, arts journalist

  •     independent or industrial filmmaker

  •     press agent, film editor, or photographer

  •     drama coach or drama therapist

  •     studio merchandising or distribution company work

  •     dramaturge or story editor

  •     film archives, museum studies, program researcher

  •     tourist industry or community arts worker

  •     casting director or casting assistant

  •     theater manager or publicist

  •     television production, camera operator, censor, or colorizing technician

  •     screenwriter, animator, script writer or script supervisor

  •     sound editor, visual effects, or prop maker

  •     costume design

  •     library assistant or assistant language teacher

  •     lighting technician or sound and special effects specialist

  •     program assistant or a personal assistant to the director

  •     film production instructor or rerecording mixer

  •     film director or film editor

  •     talent agent or talent representative