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The School of Media Arts & Studies


The School of Media Arts & Studies offers several emphasis areas leading to the bachelor's degree. The program is a professional degree program designed to prepare students for careers in all aspects of media, including production, media management, entertainment law, political communications, or graduate study.  Students are encouraged to tailor course requirements to match their own interests and talents.

At the end of their first year in our program, students apply for one of the following five Emphasis Areas:

    •    Media & Social Change

    •    Games & Animation

    •    Music Production & Recording Industry

    •    Screenwriting & Producing

    •    Integrated Media

The School of Media Arts & Studies also offers a major through the Honors Tutorial Program for students with outstanding high school records. Ohio University's  Zanesville, Lancaster and Southern campuses offer an associate's degree program in Electronic Media. These programs offer a smaller, more intimate setting for the first two years of University coursework with the ability to then transfer to the Athens campus to complete their four-year degree.

The classroom and laboratory experiences of students are augmented by a variety of practical experiences, including work with the School's student production unit--Athens Video Works (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.