Film & Media Studies

What is Film & Media Studies?

Film, television, and digital media have grown increasingly ubiquitous and complex in the 21st century, making it essential that we are able to understand, control, and create media in the workplace and in our professional, civic and private lives. The new interdisciplinary 36-credit BA program in Film & Screen Studies is built to train students to comprehend, analyze, and participate in local and global film and screen media cultures and industries.  Majors will explore important issues, theories, movements, and histories of media throughout the globe. They will study both traditional and new media and technologies from film and television to video games and web series. They will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the many ways of making and distributing screen media. The major in Film and Screen Media Studies will prepare students for careers in media and technology, education, journalism, filmmaking, audio-visual archives, as well as prepare them for graduate studies in media.

In addition to classroom instruction, the program offers numerous internships and international study tours that provide experiential learning and practical training. The program is designed to pair with a variety of other majors and minors to equip students with a strong and marketable toolbox of relevant skills and certifications.

Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities:

  • Film Programmer
  • Museums & Festival Curator
  • Game Designer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Teacher
  • Filmmaker
  • Copywriter
  • Digital marketing
  • Media producer


The program will have two required courses, both of which already exist, but which will be retitled and cross-listed in order to mark their place in the new program: (15-ANTH-7074 [Advanced Topics: Seeing as Social Practice] and 15-GRMN-8011 [Media 1: Visual and Media Studies]). Both of these will be cross-listed in participating programs. In addition, it will draw from other graduate courses in the field currently offered throughout UC.


Advisor for current and prospective students: Todd Herzog (, Department of German Studies (732 Old Chemistry, Tel: 513-556-2751).

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The graduate certificate in Film & Media Studies unites faculty and students from three Colleges (A&S, CCM, and DAAP) in order to offer students training in both theory and practice. UC's strengths in media production and in visual studies combine to offer students hands-on experience in production along with training in the analysis of media and visual culture.

Special Programs

Any student in good standing in his or her graduate program qualifies. Applications will be made to the Director of Film Media and Visual Studies. Applications will consist of: (1) a statement of purpose, (2) a transcript, and (3) a letter of support from the applicant's graduate program director. To apply please go to the online application

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA  and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. 

Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

For any inquiries please contact us at

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any on-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA,

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted at any time.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film & Media Studies

Full-Time Program Duration

4 Years


Uptown Campus West


733 Old Chemistry
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-2751
Dr. Todd Herzog