The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts at Ohio State offers three majors and seven minors. We also support many Personalized Study Programs and four Study Tours in Performance.
Our department is committed to a liberal arts approach to theatre education. The Theatre Major is a BA degree that prepares students to become self-reliant theatre makers with a rich understanding of the role of performance in public culture.
To major in theatre, you only need to be accepted into the university. Auditions and portfolio reviews are not required as part of acceptance into the BA. However, we expect that our students are deeply committed to the study of theatre and will maintain the highest levels of personal achievement within the program and across the entire arc of their studies.
Film Studies Major
The Film Studies Major concentrates on cinema as an international social practice where students take courses in film analysis, history, and theory.
To major in film studies, you only need to be accepted into the university.
Moving-Image Production Major
The Moving-Image Production Major is an interdisciplinary BA program in live-action and animated filmmaking with teaching and research in the departments of art, dance, and design as well as in the Advanced Computing Center or the Arts and Design.
To major in moving-image production, students need to successfully complete 9 pre-major credit hours with a B- or better, and undergo portfolio review for admissions to the major. The major is competitive and accepts 30-35 students per year.
The Theatre Minor consists of 15 credit hours and is open to Ohio State students who wish to extend their knowledge of theatre as a cognate to their primary area of study.
Film Studies Minor
The Film Studies Minor consists of 15 credit hours and is open to Ohio State students who wish to supplement their primary area of study with an understanding of the evolution of cinema, the relationships between film and other arts, and the international dimensions of the medium.
The Screenwriting Minor consists of 18 credit hours and is open to Ohio State students who wish to hone their own distinct voices and gain practical experience for careers in film and television writing.
Video Arts Minor
The Video Arts Minor consists of 17 credit hours and is open to Ohio State students who wish to explore traditional, alternative, and artistic means of media delivery in a variety of expressive and creative contexts.
Media Production and Analysis Minor
The Media Production and Analysis Minor consists of 15 credit hours and is open to Ohio State students who wish to understand the societal impact of contemporary media practices as well develop specific media production skills.
Musical Theatre Minor
The Musical Theatre Minor consists of 18 credit hours and is open to Ohio State students who wish to further develop skills in the performance and study of musical theatre.
Entertainment Design and Technology Minor
The Entertainment Design and Technology Minor consists of 12 credit hours and is open to Ohio State students looking at careers in live events and theatre and themed entertainment.
Study Tours in Performance
The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts sponsors several Study Tours (both in the US and abroad) that allow you to immerse yourself into different cultures and performance traditions.