Major code BC5370
Media Arts and Studies, School of
Scripps College of Communication
The Schoonover Center for Communication
20 E. Union St.
Athens, OH 45701
Brian Plow, M.F.A., Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
The School of Media Arts and Studies offers programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The baccalaureate program is designed to prepare students for careers in the media industries. While pursuing a media degree, students are also actively involved in the liberal arts curriculum found at Ohio University. Coursework in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, technology, and cultural and communication sciences are all part of this liberal arts foundation that is critical to the success of today’s media professionals. In addition to media production, every one of our students learns media history, media theory, and media business concepts that will allow them to succeed in the modern media world. Students have opportunities to focus in one of five emphasis areas: Media and Social Change; Games and Animation; Music Production and Recording Industry or Media Arts Production. Our broad-based curriculum enhances long-term success, which is reflected by our school’s mission statement: the School of Media Arts and Studies prepares well-rounded and proactive individuals to think critically, act creatively and practice ethically in a global media society. With almost 700 undergraduate students and 17 faculty members, the School of Media Arts and Studies is proud to play a central role in the Scripps College of Communication Center of Excellence. Strong demand to join the School dictates that we have entry requirements above the university’s requirements.
The Games and Animation program encourages students to explore the production of computer animation and digital games, while also providing an understanding of the management and leadership roles in these industries.
All students enrolled in MDIA programs must complete core course requirements at the freshman and sophomore levels (MDIA 1010 , MDIA 1020 , MDIA 2010 & MDIA 2011 ) and a Global Impact of Media Course in the Junior or Senior year. These courses integrate with courses specific to each program throughout the baccalaureate program. These classroom and laboratory experiences are augmented by a variety of practical experiences, extra-curricular involvement, unique place-based coursework, study abroad opportunities and internships, available to students in each of our undergraduate programs.
Ohio University’s Zanesville, Lancaster and Southern campuses offer an associate’s degree program in electronic media. This program offers a smaller, more intimate setting for the first two years of University coursework. Students participating in the two-year programs at these campuses and who desire to continue their study with the School of Media Arts and Studies will apply for transfer into the School during the spring semester (see transfer policy below). For additional information, see the Electronic Media program in the Regional Higher Education section.
The School of Media Arts and Studies also offers an Honors Tutorial College program for students with outstanding high school records. MDIA freshmen with strong academic records may also qualify.
For admission consideration into the School of Media Arts and Studies, all applicants should meet or exceed the following minimum qualifications:
- Class Rank: Top 40%
- Test Scores: ACT composite score of 23 or SAT 1 Combined math and verbal score of 1060
Because the School of Media Arts and Studies sets high academic standards and limits enrollment, students from other universities or other programs and campuses at Ohio University must show strong academic performance. An accumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above will be required for consideration. Applications are accepted twice per year by the seventh week of either the fall or spring semester.
In addition, transfer students from outside Ohio University must abide by the policies indicated in the Admissions section of this catalog.
Further information regarding transfer policy can be found at:
Students with majors in the School of Media Arts and Studies are strongly encouraged to undertake an internship. The School and the College have hundreds of professional internship opportunities available to students, with nearly every major media organization in the United States, as well as internationally. Students can receive one hour of credit for an on- or off-campus practicum (MDIA 3910 & 3911 ) as early as the summer following the freshman year. Students may undertake the formal internship (MDIA 4910 ) during the junior or senior year. More information can be found at:
MDIA 4911 (Internship in LA) is conducted through the Ohio-in-LA program and requires a separate application through Ohio University’s Office of Global Opportunities.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
By using scripts, sound, moving image, and interactivity to create stories through music, games, animation, video, and social media our students learn the pre-production, production, and post-production processes, while continuing to hone the skills needed to analyze the media they are creating. Alumni of the Media Arts and Studies program work in a variety of media industries. They create, analyze, and oversee media for education, entertainment, activism, journalism, or public relations purposes in the corporate, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial media industries.