Moving-Image Production Major


Moving-Image Production (MIP) is an interdisciplinary B.A. program in live-action and animated filmmaking. MIP combines teaching and research expertise in Theatre, Film, and Media Arts, as well as our partners in The Department of Art, The Department of Design, and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

Students majoring in MIP explore one of the most popular and vibrant contemporary art forms. The major focuses on developing students’ creative voices as they produce moving-image works across four areas: animation, experimental, documentary, and narrative. In addition, through a required Film Studies Minor, students engage with the entire culture of cinema, learning to think historically, theoretically, and critically about film.

The major in Moving-Image Production (MIP) prepares students for a range of careers or graduate studies in filmmaking. It emphasizes studio practice, the development of critical storytelling skills, and a proficiency in visual literacy.


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Moving-Image Production Major Requirements


Pre-Major Coursework

The pre-major in Moving-Image Production is designed to provide students with a chance to start creating work during their first term as students.

  • Students are advised to prepare for the pre-major by obtaining access to a DSLR style camera as it will be required for the Digital Photography course.

Required Courses

MVNGIMG 2201 – Filmmaking Foundations 1 (Autumn Term, 3 CH)

MVNGIMG 2202 – Filmmaking Foundations 2 (Spring Term, 3 CH)

Additional Course

Chose one of the following, preferably autumn term.

Art 2000 – Encountering Contemporary Art (3)

Art 2555 (prev. 3555) – Photography 1: Digital Photography (3)

After MVNGIMG 2202, Students will submit a portfolio for faculty review before proceeding with the major.

Pre-Major Portfolio Review

Students will be asked to submit a ten-minute clip reel, representing their best work. The work included can come from course assignments or independent/outside projects. Along with the reel, students will need to provide brief descriptions of each piece, including an explanation of their role in the production, and an artist's statement. Students' portfolios will be evaluated on three criteria: technique, concept and realization.

In addition to portfolio review, students must maintain an average grade of B- (2.7 GPA average) across all pre-major courses to be considered for acceptance to MIP major. 


Studio practice in each of the four moving-image areas: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Narrative. Courses are in ACCAD, ART, THEATRE. Students acquire conceptual approaches unique to the given practice.

Students must take at least one course in each area. This requirements will consist of approximately 8 courses for a total of 24 credit hours, at least 18 CH of which must be at the 3000 level and above.

Students can choose from a large variety of courses across the departments of Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), Art, Dance, and Theatre.


• ACCAD 5001 Motion Studies Through Hand-Drawn Animation (3)

• ACCAD 5002 3D Computer Animation: Form, Light, Motion I (3)

• ACCAD 5003 3D Computer Animation: Form, Light, Motion II (3)

• ACCAD 5100 Concept Development for Time-Based Media (3)

• ACCAD 5194.01 Group Studies in Digital Animation and Interactive Media (3)


• Theatre 5341 Studies in Documentary (3)

• Theatre 5899 - Workshop, Documentary (3) > only 5899 "Documentary" offering.


• Art 4009: Film/Video II: Experimental Strategies (3)

• Art 5009: Film/Video III: Topics in Technologies and Strategies (3)

• Art 5019: Film/Video IV: Topics in Theories and Strategies (3)


• Theatre 4381: Introduction to Narrative Filmmaking (3)

• Theatre 5322: Editorial Process  (3)

• Theatre 5323: Video Production 2  (3)

• Theatre 5325 - The Film Director's Voice (3)



MVNGIMG 4200 – Cinema Today (1 Credit Hour)

MIP major students need 2 full credit hours for completion of the major. 

Cinema Today engages students in regular film viewing practices at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Content will be based on the lineup assembled by the film/video curators at Wexner each semester. 

  • Students gain credit by attending films throughout a semester and providing written reflection statements and discussion.

Students are encouraged in their second, third, and fourth years of study to use this area to explore internships, study abroad, additional production courses, or screenwriting courses. For information on internship or study abroad opportunities students should contact their advisor or faculty members in the program.

The electives requirement consists of 2 courses (6 credit hours) at 2000‐level or above.  

Please contact academic advisor Emily Carpenter to make selections.


In the fourth year, students undertake a Senior Project in a pair of advanced studios, Senior Project I & II (2 courses/6 credit hours).

Senior Project is a 2-semester experiences in which students create a senior project film. Students must have completed 6 studio courses (18 units) prior to taking the Senior Project I course.


MVNGIMG 4501 – Senior Project I (3): During the first semester of the year‐long senior project class, students initiate a strategy and develop preliminary production work for their senior project.

MVNGIMG 4502 – Senior Project II (3): During the second semester of the year‐long senior project class, students engage in production work for their senior project.


A Film Studies Minor (15 CH) is required for this major. The Film Studies Minor is a required supplement that students will complete throughout their time in the major adding historical and critical perspective to the production skills learned in major courses.

Film Studies Minor Requirements


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