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. 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.

Pre-Major Requirements

Pre-Major courses (9 credit hours)

The Pre-major in Moving-Image Production is designed to provide students with a chance to understand the fundamentals of filmmaking during their first term, and work toward building a portfolio for application to the major at the end of the first year.

Required Pre-Major Courses

  • MVNGIMG 2201 – Filmmaking Foundations 1 (Autumn Term, 3 CH)
  • MVNGIMG 2202 – Filmmaking Foundations 2 (Spring Term, 3 CH)

Additional Pre-Major Course

Chose one of the following, preferably autumn term:

  • Art 2000 – Encountering Contemporary Art (3)
  • Art 2555* – Photography 1: Digital Photography (3) *Art course may have DSLR camera requirement.

After MVNGIMG 2202, Students submit a portfolio for faculty review for admission to the major.

Pre-Major portfolio review (Spring of first year)

Students will be guided in submitting a portfolio comprised of a ten-minute clip reel representing their best work from the pre-major coursework. 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 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. 

Students admitted to the major will continue through years 2-4 of the major curriculum. For students who do not continue in the major, students can work with their academic advisor to transfer their first-year credits to a related major with open enrollment, such as a film studies major with a video arts minor.

Major Requirements

I. Production Studios (24 credit hours)

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, below. This requirements will consist of 8 courses for a total of 24 credit hours, at least 18 CH of which must be at the 3000 level and above.


  • ACCAD 5001 - Animation Techniques and Practices (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)

II. Cinema Today (2 credit hours)

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.

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

  • MVNGIMG 4200 – Cinema Today (1 Credit Hour, repeat course twice)

III. Moving-Image Production Electives (6 credit hours)

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.

IV. Senior Project (6 credit hours)

In their fourth year, students undertake a Senior Project in a pair of advanced studios, Senior Project I & II (2 courses of 3 credit hours each). Senior Project is a 2-semester experiences in which students create a senior project film which is screened publicly as part of the senior showcase for graduating students. Students must have completed 18 credit hours of Production Studio courses prior to enrolling in the Senior Project courses.


  • MVNGIMG 4501 – Senior Project I: Students initiate a strategy and develop preliminary production work.
  • MVNGIMG 4502 – Senior Project II: Students engage in production work for their senior project.

V. Required Film Studies minor courses (15 credit hours)

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. See: Film Studies Minor classes.

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).