Jul 22, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Film Tutorial Major (B.F.A.) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BF1966*

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

Justin Daering, contact person

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial program in film combines a broad background in the liberal arts with professional study in film offered by faculty of the internationally recognized graduate program in the School of Film. This is a four-year program of study for exceptional students culminating in a thesis leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts. This program is vigorous and comprehensive and is designed for highly motivated undergraduate study within the environment of a graduate film school. Curriculum goals must include breadth of experience, depth in the selected area of concentration, and superior achievement demonstrated by tutorials, coursework and the thesis.

There are five elements to the tutorial program in film:


Six individual tutorials (one per semester) on topics are required during the freshman, sophomore and junior years. Possible tutorial topics in film production include all aspects of film and video preproduction: screenwriting, producing, directing, and special topics in film/video production. Possible tutorial topics in film studies include: film theory, criticism, history (including history of experimental, documentary, and narrative film/video), historiography, film and society, research methods, and international cinemas. Tutorials may be taken in departments outside the Film Division with permission. The Director of Studies assigns and/or approves tutors in accordance with the student’s interests.

Liberal Arts Education

The nature of the film medium requires a broad background in liberal arts and a multidisciplinary approach to learning. Students are expected to select 12 hours of elective courses in history, English, media arts and studies, comparative arts, foreign languages, and other disciplines.

Production and Scholarship Courses in Film

Breadth of understanding can often best be achieved through practical courses in film and video production and courses in film scholarship. Because film is a collaborative art, tutorial students will join with other students in appropriate courses.

Minor Area of Specialization

The student will plan a cognate minor consisting of three courses in a single area of study outside the School of Film. These courses will be chosen according to an individual plan developed by the student and the Director of Studies.


Each HTC film student is required to complete a thesis which may take the form of a completed film or feature-length screenplay which will be accompanied by a scholarly paper requiring approval by the student’s School of Film Thesis Committee and the Director of Studies. As an alternative, the thesis can take the form of a major scholarly paper. Its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of the student’s Thesis Committee and the Director of Studies. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners.

*This program was previously BF1924 which awarded the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Tutorial degree. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BF1966 and will award the Bachelor of Fine Arts effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the director of studies of the film tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-college/apply. Candidates for admission should submit two letters of reference, a portfolio of recent creative work and a writing sample from a high school assignment. 

Change of Program Policy

Transfer opportunities are limited. Students are admitted only as freshmen. They are urged to contact the HTC Office for guidance.

External Transfer Admission

Transfer opportunities are limited. Students are admitted only as freshmen. Freshmen from other institutions are urged to contact the HTC Office for guidance.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the Honors Tutorial program in film are prepared to begin careers as independent filmmakers and film and television industry professionals. They are well-positioned to seek and gain admission into M.F.A. programs in film and media arts.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510 ) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

Quantitative Skills Requirement

Complete the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. More information can be found by viewing the OHIO BRICKS  page (see Quantitative Reasoning heading within “Foundations Requirements”).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Film Tutorials

Complete one tutorial each semester during freshman, sophomore and junior years:

Senior Honors Tutorial Thesis

Complete the following tutorials during final year of study focused on the development and completion of an advisor approved thesis:

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Introduction to Film

Complete two of the following courses:

Film Core

Complete nine of the following courses:

  • FILM 5110 - Filmmaking I Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 5120 - Filmmaking II Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 5150 - Film Studies I Credit Hours: 3.0
  • FILM 5250 - Sound Techniques Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
  • FILM 5420 - Screenwriting I Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
  • FILM 5450 - Screenwriting II Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
  • FILM 5750 - Directing Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 5810 - Digital Editing I Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
  • FILM 5820 - Digital Editing II Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
  • FILM 6820 - The Art of Editing Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0

Film Electives

Complete 14 hours from the following list of courses:

  • FILM 5160 - Film Aesthetics Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0
  • FILM 5210 - International Film I Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0
  • FILM 5220 - International Film II Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0
  • FILM 5260 - Advanced Sound Techniques Credit Hours 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 5310 - Film History I Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0
  • FILM 5320 - Film History II Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0
  • FILM 5380 - Studies in Documentary Film Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 5440 - Media Arts Management Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 5510 - Film Theory I Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0
  • FILM 5520 - Film Theory II Credit Hours: 3.0-4.0
  • FILM 5710 - Film Topics Seminar I Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 5720 - Film Topics Seminar II Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6140 - Documentary Production Techniques Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6430 - Advanced Screenwriting Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6440 - Film Analysis Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6450 - Adaptation for the Screen Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6500 - Cinematography Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6510 - Advanced Cinematography Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6550 - Producing Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6800 - Motion Picture Compositing Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6810 - Graphics Integration & Advanced Compositing Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 6830 - Advanced Digital Editing Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 7700 - Master Class I Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0
  • FILM 7710 - Master Class II Credit Hours: 1.0-4.0

Cognate Emphasis

Complete three courses in one area of study outside the School of Film.