Preparing responsible, critical, and creative media professionals for a global, multicultural, and continuously changing landscape.
The School Of Media Arts & Studies
Whether preparing students to design games, produce messages on social media, make videos, or to create recordings for the next breakthrough music artist, the School of Media Arts & Studies provides a practical yet engaging program of media studies.
Using scripts, sound, moving image, and interactivity to create captivating stories, students in the school learn the pre-production, production and post-production process, while honing the skills needed to analyze the media products they are creating. Students can take their abilities to new places in one of the school’s study abroad opportunities, such as recent projects in Morocco or Ireland, or they can spend a semester studying while working on Hollywood internships in the Media Arts & Studies “Semester in LA” option.
The school’s academic program is based upon a liberal arts curriculum, offering undergraduate degrees in five emphasis areas: Media & Social Change, Games & Animation, Music Production & Recording Industry, Screenwriting, and Integrated Media Production. The school currently enrolls approximately 700 undergraduate students who are supported by 26 full-time faculty members as well as a number of part-time instructors.
The school maintains state-of-the-art production facilities for our areas of emphasis and, together with the Scripps College of Communication, the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) laboratory as well as the new SMART laboratory for the study of social media.
As part of the Academically rigorous Scripps College of Communication, the School of Media Arts & Studies has entry specifications above Ohio University’s typical requirements. All applicants should meet or exceed the following guidelines:
Standardized test score of 23 or higher on the ACT, and/or
Standardized test score of 1060 or higher on the SAT
Top 40% of their high school graduating class
Where Our Students Work
Today's graduates from Media Arts & Studies enter the workforce with tremendous employment opportunities, as evident in our past student placement. Our vast network of alumni can be found at top media companies and organizations within the United States and abroad. The employers below are but a fraction of those where graduates have taken their talent.
AP Network News
Audio Visual Impact
Blue Room Post
Fox Network News
Lucky Dogs Films
VH 1 Studios
MDIA Areas of Emphasis & Programs
Integrated Media Production
In today’s mediated world, there is a need to understand more than just video production to be successful. Success comes from a balance of video, audio, music, animation, digital games, and social media knowledge. Success comes from the ability to tell stories, both narrative and documentary. Success comes from knowing how to write scripts, create budgets and manage the media and those who create and distribute it. The Integrated Media Production major empowers each student to choose the right set of courses to create the success they want for their own future. Note: Students interested in video production will take classes in Integrated Media Production.
Games & Animation
Both games and animation have a unique way of engaging audiences in fantastic storytelling possibilities. After students in the Games & Animation major take a course in both areas, they choose to concentrate either on Animation or Games. Or, they may choose to study both. Whichever path they select, students learn to work collaboratively to design and develop complex characters, captivating worlds and compelling story lines for their audiences to enjoy.
Media & Social Change
Whether through documentary production, public broadcasting or the use of social media, the power of digital communication to shape social, political and environmental issues is undeniable. Students in the Media & Social Change major focus their efforts on balancing production techniques with communication strategies to have a social impact.
Certificate in Social Media Studies
Want to learn how to use the leading marketing strategy in the world today? The Social Media Certificate helps students learn social media techniques which allows them to land top jobs & internships
Minor In Screenwriting and Digital Storytelling
Learn how to tell your stories on the web, on television, in a meeting, on your cell phone, or anywhere with the Minor In Screenwriting & Digital Storytelling! This minor is open to all students except for those currently enrolled within Media Arts & Studies.
From short videos to hour-long television narratives, from sit com series to podcast series, students in the Screenwriting major learn both the creative and managerial skills required to make short form narratives come to life. Not only will students understand the intricacies of character design, story structure and the art of dialogue, but they will also experience the method of bringing those words to life.
Music Production & Recording Industry
The Music Production and Recording Industry major encourages students to explore the recording industry and, in addition to teaching skills in audio production for a variety of media including film sound, is organized to provide an understanding of the management, creative and leadership roles inside the industry. Collectively, students in this major collaborate to produce, record and distribute music and recorded audio of all kinds, for all audiences. Our students strive to understand how and why the industry operates to succeed in the new media economy.
Students are not limited to just learning in the classroom; they also have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with industry leaders.
These opportunities occur on campus and off, and include off-campus programs coordinated in conjunction with the Office of Global Opportunities (OGO). OGO, which is well-known for its excellence in coordinating study abroad opportunities around the world for OHIO students, also manages a wide range of programs in the U.S.
The numerous, exciting curricular opportunities offered by the School of Media Arts & Studies include our Semester-in-LA program, trips to SXSW for networking, classes in virtual and augmented reality, 419 Productions, the Gladden House stage at Nelsonville Music Festival, and countless media-related student organizations. These opportunities are catalysts for invaluable connections that foster career advancement.
Your Education Belongs to You
Whether you are already a student or simply considering our program, there are numerous ways to improve your educational opportunities.
2+2 Program for Transfer Students
Not all of our students start on the Athens campus. Students who plan ahead can complete their Associates Degree in two years and then transfer to the School of Media Arts & Studies to complete their Bachelor’s degree in an additional two years.
Whether a Scripps College exclusive internship with The Today Show or a unique internship arranged by a student, our internship coordinators guide students as they prepare to enter an exciting an ever-changing industry. Some recent Media Arts & Studies internships include:
20th Century Fox
Chicago Recording Company
Westlake Recording Studios
Working Title Films
Successful students roll up their sleeves and dive in the moment they get to campus. Some of the most popular ways to get involved are:
Audio Engineering Society (Music Recording)
ACRN (On-line Radio)
AVW (TV, Web and Short Films)
419 Productions (Film)
Brick City Records (Music Recording)
Electronic Music Collective (Music Recording)
Immersive Media Association (VR/AR)
OUGDA (Gaming & Animation)
Women In The Music Industry (Music Business & Recording)
WOUB Public Media (TV, Radio, Web)
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"At Ohio University, I was given the opportunities and resources I needed to discover my passion for producing, develop my storytelling abilities and build lasting relationships with other like-minded students (many of whom are still close friends and industry colleagues). My career would not be the same without the time I spent in Athens!"
John Swartz, 2005 alumnus
Producer, Star Wars Rogue One
Co-Producer, Star Wars The Force Awakens
"Until well past graduation, I didn’t truly appreciate how fortunate I was to have majored in Ohio University's Audio Program. Their diversity of courses, top advisors, and a professional standard of excellence set high by the faculty are prime examples why I’ve come back to speak since the 80's."
Martin Dombey, 1980 Alumnus
Manager, Yamaha Professional Audio