Major code BC5365
College of Communication
School of Media Arts and Studies
Radio TV Building 202
Athens, OH 45701
Jeff Redefer, associate director, undergraduate studies/contact person
The School of Media Arts and Studies prepares well-rounded, proactive individuals to think critically, act creatively, and practice ethically in a global media society. Students have exceptional opportunities to focus in an area of specific interest (i.e., media production, media studies, media management), while also taking advantage of a broad-based curriculum that enhances long-term success. The School also provides several media-related student organizations and we strongly encourage participation in internships. These opportunities lead to important connections that foster career advancement.
With over 650 undergraduates and 20 faculty in the School of Media Arts and Studies, strong demand to join the program dictates that we have entry requirements above the university’s requirements. The School of Media Arts and Studies also offers a major through the Honors Tutorial College for students with outstanding high school records.
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 (AVWproductions.com), the All-Campus Radio Network (acrn.com), Brick City Records (brickcityrecords.com), and the three university-owned and -operated public broadcasting stations: WOUB-AM, WOUB-FM, and WOUB-TV (woub.org). Credit for such experiences is available.
The School maintains relationships with various professional organizations, including SIGGRAPH, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, International Game Developers Association, the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS), the International Radio-Television Society, the National Association of Television Program Executives, the Audio Engineering Society, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
For admission consideration into the School of Media Arts and Studies, all applicants should meet or exceed the following minimum guidelines:
- Class Rank: Top 40% or your class
- Test Scores: ACT Composite Score of 23 or SAT 1 Combined Score of 1060
Change of Program Policy
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 GPA of 3.0 or above will be required for consideration. Students at Ohio University wishing to transfer into the School of Media Arts and Studies must apply by the first Friday in October for transfer the start of spring semester.
Students transferring into the school must be enrolled for a minimum of one academic year (two semesters) or their final 30 hours of earned credit in order to graduate from the program.
External Transfer Admission
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 GPA of 3.0 or above will be required for consideration. Transfer students from outside Ohio University must abide by the policies indicated in the Undergraduate Admissions section of this catalog.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Alumni of the Media Arts and Studies program work in a variety of industries including: audio production and studio management, the Hollywood film and television community (including animation and special effects studios), the video game industry, entertainment law, media research, etc.