MFA Program: About Us
For specific questions about the program, please contact the MFA director Professor Stan Alost.
FACILITIES IN THE SCHOOL OF MEDIA ARTS & STUDIES
The School of Media Arts & Studies offers state-of-the-art facilities for video and audio production and animation and game development, including two 24-hour Mac labs with applicable software (such as Adobe Creative Suite, Avid Pro Tools, Autodesk Maya, etc.), a fully functional television studio with a lighting grid for interior shooting, and advanced music recording multitrack and audio post production studios. In addition, students can reserve professional equipment for studio or fieldwork such as audio gear, cameras, lighting equipment, drawing tablets, etc.
FACILITIES IN THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION
The School of Visual Communication features creative spaces that include four dedicated computer teaching labs, each equipped with current Mac computers and the expected software including Adobe Creative Cloud. Two different studio spaces that can be subdivided are equipped with extensive lighting equipment and a cyclorama wall for seamless photography and video. In addition, VisCom operates an active gallery space featured on the first floor of the Schoonover Center that rotates shows of curated student work, alumni work, and the work of visiting professionals and speakers. Beyond the physical space, VisCom is proud to partner with Wacom, Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Mamiya’s PhotoVideoEDU to provide the latest in camera gear for student use.
THE GRID LAB
The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab’s research and development facilities include: Motion Capture, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality development technology and workstations, high-end digital and stop motion animation workstations, audio production, and 360-degree filmmaking technologies.
THE SMART LAB
The Social Media Analytics Research Team (SMART) Lab is an initiative of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication to foster and advance research in social media analytics. The SMART Lab offers quality education and training in data sciences and communication, providing an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to hone their technical and creative skills with analytics especially in the context of social media.
BARBARA GERALDS INSTITUTE FOR STORYTELLING AND SOCIAL IMPACT
The Storytelling Institute’s mission is two-fold: (1) to create and tell stories that have social relevance and impact; and, (2) to research all aspects of storytelling from inception, delivery through diverse means, and personal and public reactions to stories. The Storytelling Institute combines the practical art of storytelling with the academic study of narrative activity. It fosters traditional forms of storytelling and also envisions and navigates the future of storytelling in the rapidly changing digital age.
WOUB PUBLIC MEDIA
WOUB Public Media is the home for news, sports, culture and entertainment for the region with fully operational public television and (AM / FM) radio stations, as well as a dynamic website that offers stories, photos, audio and video, and ever-evolving special features including 360-degree video. WOUB-TV serves 55 counties in four states – Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The PBS affiliate operates 24 hours a day to serve the region with multiple digital broadcast channels of news and educational programming. A non-academic unit of the Scripps College of Communication, WOUB is also home to distance learning and production services.
The CREATE_space provides technological resources and expertise for creative research, exploring arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. Residing in the College of Fine Arts’ Putnam Hall, the CREATE_space is directly accessible for HTC students, graduates, faculty, staff, and undergraduates with faculty support. By offering consultations, workshops, and lectures, along with high-end technologies, the CREATE_space provides the University with an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary space for creative research. The goal of the CREATE_space is to develop and nourish a center of local, regional and international prominence both in its intellectual, as well as its artistic/aesthetic contributions. The CREATE_space at Ohio University is committed to supporting projects in which technology is used to serve artistic merit.
SCHOOL OF MEDIA ARTS & STUDIES
The School of Media Arts & Studies prepares well-rounded, proactive individuals to think critically, act creatively and practice ethically in a global media society. With graduate courses in animation, game design, music production, sound design, and documentary video, we pride ourselves on our collaborations with the Communication & Development Studies program in the Center for International Studies, the School of Art + Design and the Film Division in the College of Fine Arts, as well as the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the WOUB Center for Public Media. Visit the School of Media Arts & Studies’ website for more information.
SCHOOL OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION
The School of Visual Communication was recently recognized as one of the top three photography programs in the country. Known for its award-winning online magazine Soul of Athens and for its students’ strong showings in every contest from the Annual Design Contest for College Students to the College Photographer of the Year (six out of the last 10 years), to the Pictures of the Year International, VisCom has made an international name for its programs and contributions to the field with alumni’s influence seen across the country. Visit the School of Visual Communication’s website for more information.
SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN
The School of Art + Design is committed to developing professional artists, designers, and scholars who are dedicated to public discourse. The faculty understand that practice and production are both emphasized and informed by aesthetic, intellectual, political, historical, cultural, and critical awareness. We see the visual arts at Ohio University as transformative for communities, society, and ourselves. To accomplish this goal, we maintain a contemporary curriculum that emphasizes traditional practices, new media, and trans-disciplinary approaches to art. All of our degrees allow for interdisciplinary approaches to art. We also maintain a nationally respected visiting artist and scholar program. Visit the School of Art + Design’s website for more information.
J. WARREN MCCLURE SCHOOL OF EMERGING COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
In 2019, the J. Warren McClure School of Information Technology Systems combined with the Game Research and Immersive Design Lab to form a new school of emerging communication technologies. This collaboration expanded research and creative activity, deepening the Scripps College’s commitment to innovation. Students in this new school become fluent in the most current industry technologies, including virtual and augmented reality, game design, transmedia storytelling, smart cities and the internet of things.
SCRIPPS COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION
The Scripps College of Communication is exceptional in the state and the nation because of its combined breadth and excellence. It is home to professional programs, engineering-based fields of study, humanistic and social scientific disciplines, and applied arts. It is forward-thinking, adapting its curricula, research priorities and industry partnerships to technological, economic and social changes.
The Scripps College of Communication is home to five schools (Communication Studies, The J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Media Arts & Studies, and Visual Communication) and the WOUB Center for Public Media. The Scripps College and its schools provide ample opportunity for collaboration in the Schoonover Center for Communication.
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
The College of Fine Arts celebrates innovative creativity and scholarship, and engages students through a challenging and supportive learning environment. We infuse the arts into the university, the region, and the world, by embracing a broad spectrum of traditions and emerging practices.
Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts is a vibrant community of artists, art educators, actors, designers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, and scholars where you’ll find everything you need to develop your skills and expand your talents.
Learn from acclaimed artists who teach because they get inspiration from sharing their ideas and techniques with talented students. Many of our faculty have performed and designed on the world’s greatest stages, exhibited at prestigious museums and galleries, published creative and scholarly research and served as leaders with international arts organizations.