Electronic Media & Film

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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. 

      We'll also provide plenty of rich opportunities to apply what you're learning through projects and internships that cross creative disciplines. The program delivers a creative, scholarly and skilled approach to creating and studying media. Our focus is helping you discover your power as an independent artist and communicator. 


      what you'll learn


      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 EMF program prepares students to handle these responsibilities ethically and critically.


      As an electronic media and film major, you'll have many opportunities to work on real-world media projects to build your visual eye, portfolio and professionalism so 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 — to general education and to focused learning in your — you'll learn: 

      • analysis
      • critical inquiry
      • management
      • performance 
      • production 
      • programming  
      • script writing
      A few courses that make up the core of the electronic media and film major include: 
       
      • media and society
      • media writing
      • video production 
      • broadcast sound production  
      • media management

      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.


      High-Impact Practices: Experiential Learning & Internships


      At Capital, we embrace high-impact practices proven to optimize learning. These practices include internships undergraduate research, capstone projects and other experiences that allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-world project. In electronic media and film, the "experiential projects" can include creating a variety of content for our campus television network, CapTV, or being a DJ or part of the management team for WXCU, our campus radio station. WXCU station hosts several concerts each academic year and supports the efforts of student groups throughout campus. See them for yourself at captelevision.com and wxcuradio.com.

      We encourage students in the EMF program to think broadly as they search for a media internship experience. Capital's location in Columbus, a major metropolitan area, give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and hone their skills at television and radio stations, cable television companies, production houses, PR firms, and educational and not-for-profit groups.


      Facilities


      The TV studio serves as a production facility for students majoring in Communication with an emphasis in electronic media and film as well as the broader campus community. The studio is home to the CapTV Network and Skyline Columbus, an interview program produced each semester by Capital students. Students have a range of equipment available for check out, including Sony NX5 video cameras, Canon DSLRs, and other professional gear. Our post production facility included the industry standard Adobe Master Collection, Avid Media Compser and ProTools.

      The radio station is home to WXCU, a student-led radio station featuring a commercial-style alternative format. The station is equipped with the latest radio broadcasting technology, including both production and playback equipment currently used by broadcast stations in Columbus.

    • Betsy Pike

      Director of Electronic Media and Film
      Instructor of Communication

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      Contact

      Communication
      Huber-Spielman Hall
      122

      614-236-6318
      bpike@capital.edu

      • Biography

        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. Her doctoral research focuses on student-led television production, exploring experiential learning, gender roles and concepts of creativity.

        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 the Columbus Police Department, Westside Free Store, the Ohio Food Bank and many others.

      • Teaches

        Video Production
        Advanced Video Production
        Media Writing
        Media and Society
        Media Management and Promotions
        Motion Graphics
        Communication Capstone Projects
        Pre-Professional Activity – CapTV
        Advanced Pre-Professional Activity – CapTV Management Team
        Pre-Professional Activity – WXCU Radio
        Advanced Pre-Professional Activity – WXCU Radio Management Team
        Various Media-Focused Independent Studies
        Public Speaking

      • Degrees

        Master of Arts in Digital Storytelling, Ball State University
        Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Capital University


    • Jim Higgins

      Instructor of Communication

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      Contact

      Communication
      Huber-Spielman Hall
      122

      614-236-6318
      jhiggins2@capital.edu

      • Biography

        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.

      • Teaches

        Media Writing
        Screenwriting
        Video Production
        Advanced Video Production 
        Broadcast Sound Production
        Advanced Broadcast Sound Production
        Pre-Professional Activity – Filmmakers
        Pre-Professional Activity – CapTV
        Communication Capstone Projects
        Various Media-Focused Independent Studies
        Media and Society
        Oral Communication

      • Degrees

        Master of Arts in Mass Communication focused on Screenwriting, Central Missouri University
        Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting and Film, Central Missouri University