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The program is vigorous and comprehensive and is designed for highly motivated individuals who prefer a more independent, individualized program of study. Students should have a potential for self-motivated undergraduate study within the environment of a graduate film school.

Curriculum goals must include breadth of experience, depth in the selected area of concentration, and superior achievement demonstrated by tutorials, coursework and the thesis. Two primary tutorial programs are available: film production and film studies.

Program Overview

There are five elements to the tutorial program in Film:


Eight individual tutorials on topics in Film Studies and Film Production are required. Possible tutorial topics in Film Production include all aspects of film and video pre-production and post-production, screenwriting, producing, directing, and special topics in film/video production. Possible tutorial topics in Film Studies include: film theory, criticism, history (including history of experimental, documentary, and narrative film and video), historiography, film and society, research methods, and international cinemas.

Liberal Arts education

The nature of the film medium requires a broad background in liberal arts and a multidisciplinary approach to learning. Students are expected to select 12 credit hours of elective courses in history, English, media arts and studies, comparative arts, foreign languages, and other disciplines.

Production and scholarship courses in film

Breadth of understanding can often best be achieved through practical courses in film and video production and courses in film scholarship. Because film is a collaborative art, tutorial students will join with other students in appropriate courses.

Minor area of specialization

The student will plan a cognate minor consisting of three courses outside the Film Division. These courses will be chosen according to the individual plan developed by the students with the Director of Studies. Students wishing, for example, to enter careers in producing or arts administration might complete a cognate minor in management, accounting, or business.


Each HTC Film student is required to complete a thesis, which may take the form of a completed film, or feature-length screenplay. Students completing a creative project will also to be asked to write an accompanying scholarly paper as part of their thesis.

The topic and scope of the thesis is approved by the Director of Studies and the Thesis Advisor no later than the beginning of Fall Semester in the student's senior year.

The Director of Studies assigns tutors in accordance with the student's interests and, in consultation with the student, develops an individual plan of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film.


Admission requirements include submission of a portfolio of recent creative work and a recent substantive writing sample. (Creative writing projects fall into this category.)

The deadline to apply for admission is November 15th. Please submit all artwork on labeled DVD or video tape; the school cannot accept original artwork.

Director of Studies

Portrait of Steven Ross

Steven Ross
(740) 593-9969
31 S. Court St., Room 7


B.A. Wesleyan University

Scholarly Interests

Professor Ross remains active as a filmmaker and cinematographer and has been for more than 30 years. His documentary, "Liberia: A Fragile Peace," in 2006, tells the story of a once-proud West African nation as it tried to refute a quarter century of bloodshed, corruption and collapse and is now in worldwide distribution.

Selected Accomplishments

His cinematography credits include independent features "The Chair" and "Luggage of the Gods," and television with "American Experience" and other PBS productions, "Saturday Night Live," "Tales from the Dark Side," and the Arts and Entertainment network's special, "Empire of Crime."