Moving-Image Production Major Overview


Moving-Image Production (MIP) is a BA program in live-action and animated filmmaking. MIP is an interdisciplinary major that combines teaching and research expertise from our partners in Art, Dance, Design and Theatre, as well as 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 the required Film Studies Minor, students engage with the entire culture of cinema, learning to think historically, theoretically, and critically about film.

Why Study MIP?

Learn from internationally recognized and award-winning faculty whose films and videos have been shown at prestigious venues around the world.

Experience cutting-edge programs of contemporary and historical films at the Wexner Center for the Arts, a world-class museum and theater that regularly brings filmmakers and artists to campus.

Take advantage of the full range of equipment required for filmmaking that is provided as part of the program.

Acquire the academic and creative skills needed to pursue independent filmmaking or positions within the film industry, as well as careers in archiving and preservation, arts administration, film programming, criticism, journalism, and education. 

“The MIP major offers a centralized program with a unified experience for students working across the whole range of cinema to get a broad and deep exposure to the theory and practice of the moving image. MIP is a unique program in the state of Ohio and a rare program in the whole Midwest, and I’m excited to see what kinds of productive cross-pollinations happen when students work with the shared resources of Theatre, Art, Design, and Film Studies and learn from each other as they advance through the program."

-- Professor Roger Beebe

MIP Faculty and Partners

MIP Partners

MIP is an interdisciplinary collaboration with departments across the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Students majoring in MIP have the opportunity to take production courses in ACCADThe Department of ArtThe Department of Dance, and The Department of Theatre

Core MIP Faculty                                          

Roger Beebe, Professor

Based in the Department of Art, Professor Roger Beebe is an experimental filmmaker and a film programmer, who has won numerous awards and screened his work around the world. His courses contribute to the experimental area of MIP. To view some of Professor Beebe’s work, visit

Vera Brunner-Sung, Assistant Professor 

An award-winning filmmaker who uses experimental, documentary, and narrative techniques to explore the relationship between place and identity, Professor Vera Brunner-Sung directed the feature Bella Vista (2014). Professor Brunner-Sung offers courses in MIP's narrative area. To view some of Professor Brunner-Sung’s work, visit

Janet Parrott, Associate Professor

Professor Janet Parrott is a distinguished independent performer, filmmaker, and teacher. Professor Parrott has mentored many Ohio State students in film and video production, and brings her expertise in both the documentary and narrative areas of practice.

Kyoung Lee Swearingen, Assistant Professor 

Before joining the Department of Design at Ohio State, Professor Swearingen was Technical Director of Lighting at Pixar Animation Studios, where she worked on a number of award-winning features and shorts. Her courses contribute to the animation area of MIP.

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