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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.


An applicant is expected to rank in the top ten percent of their high school class and to have a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a equivalent SAT score. Additional 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.

Artistic Director/Division Head

Artistic Director/Division Head, Associate Professor, Steven Ross
(740) 593-9969
Lindley Hall 378


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."

Administrative Associate, External Relations, Communications, and Workforce Success, Angy Ross
RIffe Center 320


Graduate Student, Joesph Ross

Bentley Annex


Associate Professor and Honors Tutorial Director, Andrew Ross
255 Bentley Annex


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Research Areas

  • Global politics
  • IR Theory
  • Emotions and Politics
  • Politics of Humanitarianism

Courses Taught

  • POLS 1500: Themes in Global Politics
  • POLS 2500: International Relations
  • POLS 4550/5550: International Law
  • POLS 4560/5560: International Organization
  • POLS 4565/5565: International Human Rights
  • POLS 4650/5650: Global Media Politics
  • POLS 6500: Graduate Seminar in International Relations

Ohio University Affiliations

About Dr. Ross

Andrew Ross is a broadly trained scholar of international relations, international law, and political theory. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has taught at the Universities of Oregon and Puget Sound, and has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University.

Dr. Ross’s book, Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 2014), examines emotions as powerful and creative forces in the politics of terrorism, ethnic conflict, and transitional justice. Approaching emotions as products of social interaction, the book investigates how on-the-ground events such as protests, speeches, and commemoration rituals evoke "circulations of affect" among co-participants. Drawing from neuroscience, the sociology of emotion, and cultural theory, Mixed Emotions makes an original contribution to key problems in IR theory—the changing location of collective agency, the volatile politics of identity, and the sources of justice and normative change.

Dr. Ross’s work has also been published in: European Journal of International Relations, International Organization, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and International Theory. His current research moves into the field of global communications, addressing the psychosocial impact of new media technologies on global citizenship, public diplomacy, and humanitarian advocacy.

For more information, please visit Dr. Ross’s personal webpage.

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