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Media Arts and Studies

Schoonover Center 300
Athens, OH 45701

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Scripps College of Communication

Schoonover Center 100
Athens, OH

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Athens, OH 45710

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Integrated Media  

The Integrated Media emphasis area offers students the most flexibility to design their own curriculum. We encourage students to explore a variety of creative production skills while still emphasizing the context in which their media is created; courses may include both fiction and non-fiction elements in a variety of media.

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 Industry: music producer, sound design for picture, sound effects

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

Media Impact and Analysis: media analyst, production coordinator, not-for-profit

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


Special Features

The school provides exceptional production facilities, including a state-of-the-art recording studio, a newly renovated TV studio, and a full assortment of cameras and related equipment for single-camera (film style) video production. A 16-seat Mac Lab (plus a five-station advanced Mac Lab) equipped with G5 flatscreen stations is capable of performing all multimedia production processes such as audio and video editing, photo editing, Web site design, and interactive CD-ROM/DVD production. The College of Communication also houses the Games Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, a state-of-the-art facility that includes a public arcade and a facility for game- and immersive environment-related research.

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 digital media sequence, Eric Farrar joins the school following animation work at Rhythm and Hues Productions (The Chronicles of Narnia, Garfield), along with Games Producer Ian Schreiber. They join Beth Novak (animation) and Roger Good (digital post-production). 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. In the media studies sequence, Norma Pecora is author of books about children's television and editor of the journal, Popular Communication. Don Flournoy has received several significant grants and is editor of the Online Journal of Space Communication. Art Cromwell is director of TCOM's honors tutorial program and an expert in media history. In video production, Frederick Lewis is an award-winning documentary producer whose work on artist Rockwell Kent has been screened throughout the U.S. Eric Williams has sold several screenplays in Hollywood. Keith Newman is an award-winning producer. From studios to labs to journals to classrooms, TCOM'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.