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Media Arts & Studies

The tutorial program in the School of Media Arts and Studies offers an individualized course of study for exceptional students interested in media industries. This program provides students with a broad liberal arts background, a concentration in theory and research, and practical training in sound recording, radio, and television production. 


Maximum opportunity will be afforded for the student to work at his or her own pace. The tutorial program prepares a student for graduation as well as industry jobs. After graduation, many choose to pursue advanced degrees at research institutes such as Indiana University, Michigan State University, University of Southern California, and University of Pennsylvania.

Program Overview

Media Arts and Studies (MAS) is a four-year liberal arts program, emphasizing a broad-based curriculum. The program stresses strong communication skills, including writing, and hands-on experience in the electronic media. The school of Media Arts and Studies has over 600 undergraduates, and 25 faculty, making it one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States. 


Undergraduate students completing degree requirements are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Communication (BSC). Media Arts and Studies offers a major through the Honors Tutorial College for students with outstanding high school records. 

Professional Opportunities

A number of professional opportunities are available to tutorial students in the School of Media Arts and Studies. Two public radio stations, a public television station, a local public access television station, and a student-run and web-based radio station provide professional experience in all aspects of media. 


Tutorial students are expected to seek out training and experience in these facilities. Internships are available in media industries in all specializations and in a number of locales including New York and Hollywood. These internships are often summer-long experiences that allow the student to gain college credit while working in the industry.


During the senior year, tutorial students are required to write an original thesis reflecting their interest in their chosen specialization.


Entering freshmen applicants are expected to rank in the top 10% of their high school class and to have a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or equivalent SAT scores. Applicants to the audio, video and digital sequences must submit a portfolio of creative work and a recent substantive writing sample. Applicants to the media studies and management sequence need not submit a portfolio.

The deadline for application for admission is November 15th, and admission interviews are held in January.

Further Information

Professor Beth Novak

Director of Studies

Department of Media Arts and Studies

Ohio University

339 Schoonover Center

Athens, OH 45701

(740) 593-4168

Additional information can be found on the School of Media Arts and Studies website.

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