Moving-Image Production Major Curriculum


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. If students need advice on equipment purchases they should feel free to contact the Film Studies Program.

Required Courses

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

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

Additional Course

Chose one of the following, preferably autumn term.

Art 2000 – Encountering Contemporary Art (3)

Art 3555 (Previously 2555) – 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.


These courses offer intensive focus in one of the four moving-image modes (animation, documentary, experimental, or narrative). Students acquire conceptual approaches unique to the given mode of practice. As students proceed through the major, they will work with specific faculty members to formulate a strategy and choose courses based on the students production mode interest. All students must take at least one course in each mode. This requirements will consist of approximately 8 courses for a total of 24 credit hours, at least 18 oh which must be at the 3000 level and above.

Students can choose from a large variety of courses across the departments of The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), Art, Dance, Design, and Theatre. The following courses specifically designed for moving-image production students.


• 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 .5 - (3)


• Theatre 5341 Studies in Documentary (3)


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

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

• Art 4009: Film/Video IV: Topics in Theories and Strategies (3)


• Theatre 3381: Introduction to Narrative Filmmaking (3)

• Theatre 5321: Video Production 1  (3)

• Theatre 5322: Editorial Process  (3)

• Theatre 5323: Video Production 2  (3)


An ongoing thread that runs through the BA program, Cinema Today engages students in regular film viewing 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 .5 units by attending films throughout a semester and providing written reflection statements. Repeatable for up to 3 units. MIP major students need 2 full credit hours for completion of the major. 


MVNGIMG 4200 – Cinema Today (0.5)


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.  


In the fourth year, students undertake a Senior Project in a pair of advanced studios. These studios allow students to pursue one of the modes they have experienced or they provide an opportunity to blend modes into a single creative project.

Senior Project I & II (2 courses/6 credit hours) are capstone experiences in which students create a senior project film. Students must have completed 6 mode 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.


15 hours in the Film Studies Minor 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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