Media Production

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CCM's Media Production Division seeks bright, curious and creative students who possess an outstanding work ethic and the desire to produce impactful media content rather than simply consume it.

Formerly known as Electronic Media, CCM’s Media Production Division emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning that is student-centered, professionally relevant and focused on creative development.

CCM’s BFA program in Media Production provides students with the skills necessary to tell stories and produce impactful media content. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the theoretical and applied foundation necessary for successful careers in filmmaking and digital cinematelevision production, broadcast news and talent development, interactive and new media, social media, audio and video production and sports media.

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As the largest undergraduate program at CCM, Media Production majors are uniquely positioned within a creative culture at CCM that fosters collaborations with actors, musicians, dancers, set designers and other performing artists as they develop their digital storytelling skills for film, television, Internet and mobile media distribution.

Media Production collaborates with CCM’s prestigious Acting program in the CCM Film Lab, a cross-disciplinary initiative where students and faculty from both programs work together to emphasize directing and acting for the screen and produce narrative capstone film projects. Media Production’s new Sports Media program is partnered with UC Athletics to produce content for the subscription-based streaming service ESPN+. Cross-disciplinary collaboration is also key for the new CCM Idea Lab, which brings together the technical and artistic expertise of faculty and students in Media Production, Musical Theatre, Acting, Dance, Voice and Theatre Design and Production.

CCM’s Media Production Division is student centered with small class sizes and an innovative, flexible curriculum that reflects the dynamics of industry demands and student needs. In addition to classwork, students are connected with professional internships that are integrated into the curriculum. The Division’s award-winning, full-time faculty has extensive professional media backgrounds that allow them to emphasize current professional media production tools and techniques while providing students with connections to the industry

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Students acquire the hands-on skills and digital portfolio necessary to transition successfully into the professional world. Internships are a required part of Media Production core curriculum, taking advantage of professional resources in Cincinnati and our extensive network of successful alumni working in media markets across the country. To broaden their marketability, students majoring in Media Production must complete a minor or certificate of their choice, tapping into the unlimited potential of programs from across the university.

"As a student at CCM, I first discovered the potential to merge my interests in narrative, communication, design and business strategy. I've exercised putting those skills into practice every day of my career since."  

Jasmine Probst (BFA, '06) Head of Content Design at Instagram and has been named one of Fast Company's 100 most creative people in business. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Media Production uses a track-based curriculum with tracks in Film and Television Production, Broadcast Media Production and Multimedia Production with focus areas in web-site design, audio production and sports media. The curriculum in each track shares a common first year experience for all students. It requires two semesters of internships, a year-long capstone, and 18 credits in a minor or certificate program in addition to general education foundation from classes across campus. 

CCM's Media Production curriculum is:

  • student-centered: small class sizes and an innovative, flexible curriculum that reflects the dynamics of industry demands and student needs;
  • professionally relevant: full-time faculty with extensive professional media backgrounds teach classes grounded in experiential learning and provide exposure to professional media tools and methodologies with an internships requirement;
  • artistically grounded: classes are focused on creativity and storytelling while uniquely positioned within the performing arts environment at CCM.

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in:

  • film and television writing, producing, directing, cinematography, editing
  • web site design and creation
  • broadcast news writing, production, on-air talent, director, camera operator or editor
  • sound design for the film, television, video gaming industries
  • sound recording and audio engineering 
  • social media 
  • promotions
  • media management
  • media programming
  • software development
  • advertising 
  • music
  • video games
  • media marketing and sales

Our graduates are working at the highest levels of the media and entertainment industry throughout the world. CCM Media Production's extensive network of dedicated alumni provide current students with career advice, internships and often-times job opportunities in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago and, of course, Cincinnati and throughout the state of Ohio.

Whether you are an incoming freshman, a transfer student, or a non-traditional student, you're about to take a big step towards your future at the University of Cincinnati.

Have no fear - admission will be a process but we want to see you on campus, so we'll help you get started!

Before you begin your application to CCM, we advise you to take the following steps to help make the process easier:

  1. Read the CCM Admissions websiteIt has links to all the information you are going to need including application procedures and instructions, important dates and deadlines and information about all required Media Production prescreening material. Please note that the Media Production applicants are NOT required to schedule an audition. You can also check your application status from the CCM Admissions web site.
  2. Contact CCM Admissions. If you have questions about the requirements that you will need to satisfy in order to be accepted into the Media Production program, the advisors at CCM will help you make sure you have everything in order.
    Phone: 513-556-9479 (Undergraduate)
    Fax: 513-556-1028
    E-mail: ccmadmissions@uc.edu
    1. Set up a tour: UC can arrange a full tour for you, and you can also get a specialized tour of CCM and its Media Production facilities. You'll want to get comfortable with your future surroundings, we highly recommend this step!
    2. Inquire about speaking to an Media Production faculty member and/or current student: You're entering into an exciting field with many different options. Let us help you put a focus on what you want to accomplish at UC and beyond. If you already know the specifics of what you want to study, we'll connect you with people that are involved with your desired field.
  3. Take a look at the Media Production Course Offerings: We have a wide array of classes within the Media Production discipline. What interests you the most about this field? Is there a specific area that you would like to specialize in? View our class offerings and see what excites you!
  4. In order to be accepted to Media Production, you must submit a video essay, explaining your goals as an Media Production student, your passion and the academic track that most interests you. This can be done on your cell phone, although some students have demonstrated tremendous creativity in this section. Either method is acceptable. You can also include links to your digital portfolio, if you have examples of media work. Please contact us to let us know if you have further questions and we'd be happy to offer you advice!

A laptop computer is an essential content creation tool for all Media Production students and is required for all students entering the program. A MacBook Pro is the laptop model recommended for all incoming students. Students will immediately use this tool as our Integrated Media Production courses teach all incoming students the skills they'll need to make the most out of this investment.

There are several computer options. You can choose any of the options, ranging from the adequate 13 inch laptop to the recommended 16 inch model. Visit the Apple Store online for additional details and specifications.

In addition to the software already installed on the computer, we require the Adobe Creative Cloud, as it offers students a broad range of creative programs in video, audio and new media creation. Creative Cloud requires a monthly subscription fee. Creative Cloud is available at student discounts from the UC bookstore and other official academic vendors.

The Media Production Minor at CCM prepares students in the integrated media arts of filmmaking and digital cinema, episodic and commercial television production, broadcast news media and talent development, interactive and new media, social media, audio production and sports media.

All applicants must be current UC students. Ten to 15 minor applicants are accepted each year.

In applying for the Media Production minor you are affirming your understanding that:

  • you will likely have to take a required class (IMP2) during the summer;
  • your admission to advanced production classes is likely to be restricted to summer sessions;
  • you are required to have a laptop for the Media Production classes.

Applicants should submit a complete copy of their most recent Degree Audit and a 500-word essay explaining their educational and career goals and why they wish to minor in Media Production via email to the division head, Professor Kevin Burke at kevin.burke@uc.edu. Questions should be directed to Professor Burke via email. Applications are due Nov. 1.

CCM's undergraduate admissions process begins on August 1 for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before March 1 in order to be considered for admissions.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Video essay (no longer than two minutes) addressing the following:
    • What is it specifically about the Media Production program at CCM that interests you?
    • Why you are passionate about producing stories through electronic media?
    • What qualities do you possess, beyond a GPA and standardized test score, that you believe will make you successful in our program and as a future media professional?
    • Which curricular track within Media Production (film/tv production, multimedia production, or broadcast media production) interests you the most? Why? 
  • Attach links to media content (video, audio, web or writing examples) that represent current engagement with media storytelling and production.

Additional Information

  • We encourage you to visit the Media Production website and familiarize yourself with the curriculum before you apply
  • If the division needs more information in order to complete the decision-making process, you may be asked to interview.
  • Please note that there is a computer requirement for accepted students

Full Time Faculty

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Joe J. Brackman

Assistant Professor of Multi-Camera Production

513-556-6869

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Kevin F. Burke

Professor of Electronic Media and Electronic Media Division Head

513-556-7029

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Peter DePietro

Full Professor of New Media | International Award-Winning Author | Founding Director of the Digital Innovation Lab: A Technology & Education Incubator | First Official Executive Director of UC's Emeriti Center

513-238-2248

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Donald A. Hancock

Assistant Professor of Film and Television Production

513-556-9488

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John M. Hebbeler

Assoc Professor

513-556-9496

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John W. Owens

Associate Professor of Electronic Media

513-556-9493

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Hagit L Limor

Broadcast News Journalism & Media Professor, Division of Media Production, CCM

513-556-4032

Adjunct Faculty

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Matthew Curtis Alexander

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Kenneth D Allen

Technical Production Manager, Adjunct Instructor of Electronic Media

513-556-9427

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Chad Ashmore

Adjunct Instructor of Electronic Media

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Clayton I. Belcher

Adjunct Instructor of E-Media

513-556-9488

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Nicholas Belperio

Instructor - Adj

310-871-7809

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Bevin Blankenbuehler

Instructor - Adj

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Steve E. Gillen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electronic Media

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Christopher Joseph Hagan

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Douglas John Lillibridge

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Kemp B Lyons

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Norma J. Rashid

Adjunct Instructor of Electronic Media

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Michael Joespeh Sauer

Adjunct Instructor of Electronic Media

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Yvonne M. Starkey-Posey

Adjunct Instructor of Electronic Media

Staff

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Kenneth D Allen

Technical Production Manager, Adjunct Instructor of Electronic Media

513-556-9427

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David R. Colussi

Computer User Support Specialist 1

513-556-9495

CCM's Division of Media Production has been an innovator in media education since the late 1930's. Initially created as the radio extension of the Cincinnati College of Music, this program became the first collegiate broadcasting department in the country. During its first year, the College produced 51 half-hour broadcasts on WLW and WSAI, a 15-minute program for NBC, 30 half-hour broadcasts of "Music of the Masters" and 10 half-hour "Odeon Radio Workshops" for WSAI.

New broadcast studios were opened in 1941 and by 1946 the College granted the degree of bachelor of fine arts in radio broadcasting. This department continued to expand with the addition of television and became the Radio-Television Arts Department in 1950.

In 1955, the Cincinnati College of Music merged with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and brought the Radio-Television arts department into the newly formed College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The department was renamed the Electronic Media Division in the late 1980's, and in 1999 it moved into its current facilities in the state-of-the-art CCM Village complex for the performing and media arts. The department was renamed the Division of Media Production in 2021.

The program and its thousands of distinguished alumni are still making history through the country and around the world. The current Media Production program offers a BFA in Film and Television Production, Broadcast Media Production and Multimedia Production, as well as a minor in Media Production. The program emphasizes creative multi-platform storytelling and allows students to gain production expertise in filmmaking and digital cinema, episodic and commercial television production, broadcast news media and talent development, interactive and new media, social media, audio and video production and sports media.

Graduates from the Media Production Division are prepared for careers in film and television production, broadcast news, audio engineering, sports media, social media, video games, website design, media promotions and management and more. Alumni are working at the highest levels of the media and entertainment industry throughout the world. Media Production’s extensive network of dedicated alumni provide current students with career advice, internships and often job opportunities in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago and Cincinnati.

E-Media [Media Production] was great preparation for learning how productions operate. It’s a program that not only utilizes the knowledge of its staff but also fosters a network of alumni like myself who are more than willing to share experience and advice even after graduating.  

Michael Abitz 9BFA, '12) , 2020 Emmy Award Nominee


“The Division of Media Production at CCM was truly a launching pad for me into my career. During my four years in the program, I was truly able to hone in on all of my production skills, which in turn nurtured me into a better creative. I was able to work with industry-standard gear and equipment, and I learned from the best in the business when it came to production. I am forever grateful for the lessons and wisdom imparted to me by my colleagues, and the staff and faculty in the  Division of Media Production at CCM.”

Carlos Herriott II (BFA. '20)


The technical skills and knowledge I gained from my professors and support from my fellow classmates truly gave me a step above the rest.  I couldn’t be more excited to follow how this division keeps expanding and growing.  I know any student who applies themselves in this program will be truly well prepared once they graduate. 

Elliot Greenberg (BFA, '01), Feature film and TV editor


When I think about my time at CCM, three things stand out. The well-rounded education I received that I still utilize today, the strong personal bond with professors that also endures, and the connections built with my fellow students at the time. Connections that have had a direct impact on the success I've enjoyed creatively and professionally. Without these things there is no doubt I wouldn't be where I am today.

David Herr (BFA, '01), 2020 Emmy Award-winning documentary film and TV editor

Questions?

Contact Media Production Division Head Kevin Burke


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