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Athens, OH 45701

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School of Media Arts & Studies  

The School of Media Arts and Studies (MDIA) offers several major sequence tracks leading to the bachelor's degree. The program is a professional degree program designed to prepare students for careers in all aspects of media.

First year students are admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Communication program. Upon completion of the freshman foundation, students choose an emphasis area: Media and Social Change, Games and Animation, Music Production and Recording Industry, Screenwriting and Producing, or Integrated Media.

Many students prefer study which combines academic breadth and career flexibility. This is provided by the Media Studies sequence. The sequence also provides a background for those going into entertainment law, political communications, or graduate study. In this program, students can tailor course requirements to match their own interests and talents.

The classroom and laboratory experiences of students are augmented by a variety of practical experiences, including work with the School's student production unit--AVW Productions (AVW) and the All-Campus Radio Network (ACRN). Additionally, experiences with the Public Broadcasting Services of Ohio University Center for Public Media are also available. The Center owns and operates three stations: WOUB-AM, WOUB-FM, and WOUB-TV. Credit for both types of experiences is available.

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Career Opportunities

Most Media Arts majors aspire to work in an area of television, film, games, music recording, or radio. The school encourages students to follow their passion while remaining open-minded to emerging and converging media industries. Because these industries are broad and always evolving, the number of possible career opportunities is virtually boundless. Graduates work at local TV stations and major networks, small independent production companies and major motion picture studios, independent record studios and major recording labels. Below is a sampling of career areas from the school's five sequences:

Music Production and Recording Industry: music producer, sound design for picture, sound effects

Games and Animation: games production and design, computer animation, digital effects

Media and Social Change: media analyst, production coordinator, not-for-profit

Screenwriting and Producing: writer, producer, director, editor, cinematographer/videographer

Integrated Media: nonfiction and fiction production in a variety of media


Special Features

State-of-the-art facilities include audio, video, and digital media production labs.  

Students can earn a minor in screenwriting and digital storytelling and/or a certificate in social media studies.

Courses include South by Southwest, in which OHIO students attend the largest music and media industry gathering in the world – South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; Storytelling, Technology & Digital Media in Theme Parks, which culminates in a week-long visit to Orlando for field study at the parks of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Media Arts & Studies in L.A. is a special course in which students travel to Los Angeles to network with alumni, tour studios, attend productions, and meet with successful leaders in media industries. Another option is the Semester in Los Angeles program.

The School of Media Arts and Studies also maintains relationships with a variety of professional organizations, including the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, SIGGRAPH, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, International Game Developers' Association, the International Radio-Television Society, the National Association of Television Program Executives, the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS), the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and the National Association of Broadcasters. These connections help the school, our faculty, and our students to remain current on media industry trends and technologies.

Our Faculty

Media Arts and Studies faculty offer an effective mix of practical experience and academic expertise. In the audio production sequence, Eddie Ashworth has earned gold records as a music producer, and Jeff Redefer has won an Emmy for sound design. In the management sequence, Greg Newton and Roger Cooper have published numerous articles and presented conference papers involving Olympic promotion, television programming, and audience research. Don Flournoy has received several significant grants and is the author of eight books. Art Cromwell is director of MDIA’s honors tutorial program and an expert in media history. In video production, Frederick Lewis’ independent documentaries have been seen on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Eric Williams has sold several screenplays in Hollywood. From studios to labs to journals to classrooms, MDIA's teachers stay on the cutting edge of the field.

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Media and Social Change

Games and Animation

Music Production and Recording Industry

Screenwriting and Producing

Integrated Media

Scripps College of Communication

The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication is a leader in communication education—and it is the pride of Ohio University. Generally regarded as one of the top five programs in the nation, Scripps prepares students to be effective and responsible communicators in a global society and advances the field through creative activity and research on communication concepts, issues and problems.

Since its founding 40 years ago, Scripps has grown from just two schools – communication and journalism – to five schools offering more than 40 nationally acclaimed programs. These range from the very technical in the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems to the deeply theoretical in the School of Communication Studies – and everything in between in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Schools of Media Arts and Studies and Visual Communication. In May 2006, the University received a commitment of $15 million from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the college was named in its honor.

Scripps also houses the WOUB Center for Public Media, which operates five public radio stations, two public television stations and one cable television station serving more than 60 counties. Through the center’s Student Development Program, more than 250 of the college’s students gain hands-on radio and television experience by assisting with the stations’ day-to-day operations.

Scripps has been recognized as “one of Ohio University’s most distinguished programs” by the Guide to 101 of the Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities.

In the fall of 2010, Scripps was named a Center of Excellence in the state of Ohio.
Scripps alumni number 26,000 worldwide and are some of the most recognizable names, successful leaders and notable contributors in the field of communication.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.