Majors and Minors /
Film Media and Production
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If you're interested in a career in video production, media and creative industries, we'll teach you what you need to know now, and how to learn so you'll stay relevant in the future.
Capital University is proud to be the home of an award-winning film and media production program. We provide plenty of rich opportunities to apply what you're learning through projects, immersion and internships that cross creative disciplines. The program delivers a creative, scholarly, and skilled approach to creating and studying narrative media. Our focus is on helping you discover your power as an independent media producer and tell compelling stories.
As a film and media production major, you'll have many opportunities to work on real-world media projects to build your visual eye, portfolio, and professionalism. You'll be ready to be employed in creative media industries right after graduation or go to graduate school. Through Capital's liberal learning approach, you'll learn:
For those interested in film theory, the film studies minor provides students with the tools to analyze films from a variety of perspectives. Explore our program and course descriptions in our online course bulletin.
Our Approach — Media industries employ the talents of writers, performers, videographers, editors, film reviewers, arts administrators, archivists and technicians. This is a population distinguished by its creativity, its currency of knowledge, and its commitment to excellence. Visually and aurally acute, media professionals understand the power of the media to educate and entertain. As responsible citizens, they recognize the power of the media to fuel opinions and decisions that will shape society's future. Capital's FMP program prepares students to handle these responsibilities ethically and critically.
At Capital, we pride ourselves in our embrace of high-impact practices proven to optimize learning. These practices include immersion and capstone projects, internships, undergraduate research, and many hands-on approaches that allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-world projects. In film and media production, we also offer pre-professional courses which any major on campus can add to their schedule. These include:
CapTV, create a variety of content for our campus television network working with professionals in the industry.
Watch at captv.org
WXCU Radio, be a DJ for our campus radio station and build up your personality and specialty show.
Listen at wxcuradio.com
AWARDS & Internships
WXCU Radio earned a national nomination of “Best Online Radio Station” at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems and was voted “Best Student Run Internet Only Radio Station” by the College Music Journal. Since 2016 the FMP program has earned:
Convergent Media Center
Betsy Pike is director of Electronic Media and Film within the Communication Department at Capital University. She has worked as director, writer, producer and executive producer for various feature length films, short films, documentaries, promotional videos, instructional and music videos. She was selected to be a Faculty Fellow at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmys) in 2013.Most recently, she worked with Capital students to create their own television network, CapTV, and expand the role of the WXCU Radio station on campus. She is passionate about experiential learning, service learning and giving students projects they can own and master. She has facilitated projects between Capital students and local organizations such as Ohio Homeland Security, the Columbus Police Department, Westside Free Store, the Ohio Food Bank and many others.
Doctorate of Philosophy in Mass Communication, Ohio UniversityMaster of Arts in Digital Storytelling, Ball State UniversityBachelor of Arts in Communication, Capital University
Jim Higgins graduated from Central Missouri University in 2004 with a Master of Arts in Screenwriting. Since then he has taught numerous courses in film and video. He is also an award winning filmmaker who regularly directs short films and writes feature length screenplays. His work has been accepted to numerous film festivals including Film Festival of Columbus, The Indie Horror Film Festival (Chicago) and the Anti-Defamation League Dore Schary awards (New York) to name a few. Besides directing his films, Higgins writes the scripts, runs camera, edits, scores, colors and mixes them. With a focus on experiential learning in the classroom and out, Higgins routinely invites his students to participate on his projects in a variety of roles. With his recent short film Oremus a Capital student was part of the make-up team that won Best Practical Make-Up Effects as a part of the Mid-Ohio Filmmakers Three Weeks of Terror.
Media WritingScreenwritingVideo ProductionAdvanced Video Production Broadcast Sound ProductionAdvanced Broadcast Sound ProductionPre-Professional Activity – FilmmakersPre-Professional Activity – CapTVCommunication Capstone ProjectsVarious Media-Focused Independent StudiesMedia and SocietyOral Communication
Master of Arts in Mass Communication focused on Screenwriting, Central Missouri UniversityBachelor of Science in Broadcasting and Film, Central Missouri University
Capital University students, staff
and alumni earned four wins at the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and were nominated for a total of nine
Capital Students Win Big at International Film Festival
What started out as a class project for Advance Production ended up being so much more for Wes Murray and Nate LaGuardia. Their film, "Buzzing in the Garage", took them all the way to the Eyecatcher International Film Festival where they ea...
further evidence you should always try new things. Capital University
Communication/Electronic Media and Film students took top honors recently at
the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) — Ohio Valley
Regional Student Production Awards. It was the first time Capital had entered
the competition. ...
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