Film Media and Production | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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. 

      what you'll learn

      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: 

      • Video & Audio Production 
      • Media Management & Promotion
      • Analysis & Critical Inquiry
      • Team Work & Independent Work 
      • Screenwriting & Media Writing
      A few courses that make up the core of the electronic media and film major include: 
      • Media & the Creative Process
      • Motion Graphics
      • Web Design & Development
      • Foley Art
      • Ethics, Law & Media
      • Creative & Client Immersion

      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 logo CapTV, create a variety of content for our campus television network working with professionals in the industry. 

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      WXCU logo WXCU Radio, be a DJ for our campus radio station and build up your personality and specialty show. 

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      • Filmmakers, produce short narrative films and special focus on single-camera production
      • Students can compete in the annual 48 Hour Film Royale each Fall semester on campus, as well as local and regional festivals.
      • Our immersion courses have worked with internal and external partners such as the Columbus Police Department, the Main Street Corridor, Ohio Homeland Security, and Capital University. 

      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:

      • Four (4) Student Engagement Awards
      • Five (5) Student Engagement Nominations
      • Sixteen (16) National Intercollegiate Broadcasting Awards
      • Two (2) Ohio Valley NATAS Student Production Awards
      • Five (5) Ohio Valley NATAS Student Production Honorable Mentions
      We encourage students in the FMP 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, public relations firms, and educational and not-for-profit groups.

      Recent internships placed students in the media industry at:
      • National Broadcasting Channel (NBC) In L.A. And New York City
      • OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
      • Cyanna Education Services
      • Ology, Kinopicz America
      • WBNS-10TV, CD 102.5
      We are proud of our alums and work to maintain our #capfam long after graduation. Alums working in the creative industries are regularly brought in as guest speakers, judges of student work, and to network with current students.



      TV Studio
      The TV Studio serves as a production studio for students majoring in film & media production as well as the broader campus community. Equipment with a full LED lighting system, 36 x 24 ft. two-walled infinity cyclorama, 24 ft. green screen, 360-degree curtain track with two black, one green and one tan curtain.

      Radio Station
      The Radio Station is home to WXCU Radio, 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.

      Film & Media Production Lab
      Our computer lab is outfitted with Macintosh computers, the Adobe CC Suite, Final Draft for screenwriting, and DaVinci Resolve for color grading. As well as a 7.1 surround sound audio system, two whisper rooms for audio recording, and a color grading suite with the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel.

      Equipment Room
      Students have a range of equipment available for check out, including BlackMagic Design cameras, Sony NX5 video cameras, and Canon DSLRs. Along with LED light panels, Zoom audio recorders, Wacom tablets, DJI drone, Ronin gimbal, and other professional gear.


    • Betsy Pike, Ph.D.

      Director of Electronic Media and Film
      Assistant Professor of Communication

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      Convergent Media Center


      • 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.

        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.

      • Degrees

        Doctorate of Philosophy in Mass Communication, Ohio University
        Master of Arts in Digital Storytelling, Ball State University
        Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Capital University

      • Teaches

        • Video Production
        • Advanced Video Production
        • Media Writing
        • Media and Society
        • Media Management and Promotion
        • Motion Graphics
        • Communication Capstone Projects
        • Pre-Professional Activity – CapTV, WXCU Radio, Filmmakers
        • Advanced Pre-Professional Activity – CapTV & WXCU Radio Management Teams
        • Various Media-Focused Independent Studies
        • Media Immersion
        • Public Speaking

    • Jim Higgins

      Instructor of Communication


      Huber-Spielman Hall


      • 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
        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