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Ohio University School of Film

FAQs for Prospective students in the MFA program


Size of our program: 

The School of Film is relatively small. In a given academic year, we probably average around fifty graduate and ten undergraduate students. Unlike students in larger schools, our students receive far more personal attention and routinely interact with our supportive faculty. We are committed to maintaining an intimate learning environment.

Diverse student population:

The School of Film has a long tradition of attracting international students. A quick look at the Student Directory on this website shows our commitment to diversity. It is one of the great strengths of our program.

Financial Aid Opportunities: 

Most of our students receive some combination of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships - - MFA's for three years, MA's for two. Compared with the cost of graduate schools elsewhere, we most definitely are a very good financial value. See the FInancial Aid and Scholarships section of this website for information on the university, college, and SOF scholarships.

Athens, Ohio: 

While Athens is a rural area, we are a day's drive from New York, Chicago and many other major cities. Students tell us that this environment has the advantage of enabling them to completely focus on their creative work, as there are not the distractions here that are found in large cities. Compared with Los Angeles or New York, living expenses are very, very low. It is also important to note that while the base of student operations is Athens, our international students often return home to shoot their thesis films

The Uniqueness of the 1st year "boot camp":

Unlike most Film schools, our first year MFA courses enable a student to gain an understanding of all aspects of filmmaking, not just a single facet of the profession. This breadth of knowledge has proven invaluable to many of our alumni, who state that they were able to find jobs after graduation precisely because of their ability to understand so many aspects of filmmaking. This is also very valuable to anyone considering a career as an independent filmmaker. During this first year we keep your production costs low to enable you to save money. 

Our 2nd & 3rd Year MFA Experience: The freedom to explore your own vision

After the stringent requirements of your first year, the 2nd and 3rd years of the MFA program provide you with an unusual degree of freedom and flexibility regarding the pursuit of your individual creative ideas and talents. While some specific courses are still required, students have a wide range of options beginning year two. This freedom is rare among MFA film programs.

Track Options for MFA students: 

We offer two additional track options, a Feature Narrative Film & a Feature Length Documentary track. Visit our website for a list of optional and required courses during your 2nd and 3rd years. 

Our Equipment & Labs: 

Despite our small size we have the latest production and post-production equipment available for you. There is also a College of Fine Arts lab that offers some of the most experimental new technologies on the market.  

You Retain Ownership of Your Own Creative work

Unlike many film schools, students attending the OU School of Film retain the rights to their own creative work.

Information about our Alumni and Examples of our Student & Alumni Films:

Please check our Alumni Directory for information about the professional work and careers of our alumni. We also have a Screening Room that enables you to view alumni and current student films on-line.

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for on-line application materials and to request the OU graduate catalog. Should you wish to apply for admission to our program, we encourage you to first visit Ohio University and the School of Film to meet individually with our faculty and students. We will even provide you with a free lunch with current students! The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1, 2013 for admittance to the program beginning August of 2013. 

 

FAQs for Prospective Students in the MA Film Studies Program


Our Film Studies Faculty:

The International Cinema & experimental film expertise of our Film Studies faculty is a major asset of our program. There are also several fine Theory and Criticism professors (including Film Studies) in other programs throughout the university. 

Teaching Opportunities:

Each quarter the School of Film offers 2 undergraduate Film Studies special topics classes taught by MA or MFA students. Students submit course proposals, and a faculty committee chooses which courses will be offered, including during the summer. These are invaluable experiences, particularly for those planning careers in academia.

Financial Aid Opportunities: 

Most of our students receive some combination of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships during the two years you attend our Film School. Compared with the cost of graduate schools elsewhere, we most definitely are a very good financial value.

Opportunities to Work for an excellent Film Festival:

Our MA students have the opportunity for hands-on practicum training by taking independent study classes or internships with the annual Athens International Film & Video Festival. Many students find that this experience is exceedingly valuable when looking for employment after graduating.

Interaction with Film Students and Filmmaking:

Unlike many MA programs, our MA students are encouraged to gain a concrete knowledge of the production process. In such a small school as ours (55-65 graduate students yearly) you will find that you interact daily with film students. We encourage you to enroll in production electives. Many MA Film Studies students work on student film projects.

An Exceptional Library:

Ohio University has a very strong library. This houses an excellent DVD collection, the Warner Brothers screenplay collection, a first rate Southeast Asian Studies Library, and generally a fine book and periodicals collection.

Why Move to Athens, Ohio?: 

While Athens is a rural area, we are a day's drive from New York, Chicago and many other major cities. Students tell us that this environment has the advantage of enabling them to completely focus on their creative work, as there are not the distractions here that are found in large cities. Compared with Los Angeles or New York, living expenses are very, very low. 

The Opportunity to Work with Students from Throughout the World:

Our program is regularly 35-40% international students Our American students come from literally all sectors of the USA. Take a look at our current students. Film students state that working with interesting, engaged students with such diverse viewpoints is one of the greatest strengths of our program.

Information about our Alumni:

Please check our Alumni Directory for information about the professional work and careers of our alumni. We also have a Screening Room that enables you to view alumni and current student films on-line.

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for on-line application materials and to request the OU graduate catalog. Should you wish to apply for admission to our program, we encourage you to first visit Ohio University and the School of Film to meet individually with our faculty and students. We will even provide you with a free lunch with current students! The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1, 2013 for admittance to the program beginning August of 2013. 

Sincerely,

Steven Ross