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Mission & History

OU School of Film

The Ohio University Film Division is dedicated to providing an educational environment of creativity, diversity and excellence in which talented, motivated and disciplined students can examine and develop the art and craft of the motion picture as an art form, educational tool and a dynamic cultural force in the 21st Century.
The Film Division offers two graduate degree programs and an Honors Tutorial program. The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program is a professional three-year program of study for talented individuals seeking advanced training in directing, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, editing and motion picture sound with a solid background in film history, theory, and criticism. The MFA is a terminal degree and is designed for students who wish to work as independent film artists, enter the film industry, or teach at the college or university level.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Film Studies is a two-year program in film history, analysis, and theory designed to prepare students for further study at the doctoral level or for careers in which a film studies background may be relevant, including film criticism; arts-related writing fields; administration of arts, museum, or academic programs; administrative positions in film or media production; and library, archive, or film preservation work. Coursework includes a two-semester sequence in film history and a range of electives on film theory and criticism, film genres, and, in particular, international cinemas.
The Honors Tutorial College (HTC) program combines a broad background in the liberal arts with professional study in film. This is a four-year program of study for exceptional students, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Students typically pursue higher degrees in film-related areas or enter a rich variety of careers in the film industry.
These Degree programs are augmented by the appointment of an Ohio Eminent Scholar to the Film Division faculty, the annual Athens International Film and Video Festival, a broad range of visiting artists and scholars, and the rich cultural and intellectual life of Ohio University.