Digital Innovation, Film and Television

Our Mission

The Digital Innovation, Film and Television program cultivates students to become responsible, adaptable, and innovative leaders in a complex and rapidly converging digital environment. With a concentration on digital media production and the art of visual storytelling, we endeavor to prepare students through hands on learning, cross-disciplinary study, team building, and community engagement. DIFT prepares graduates for careers in the creative and corporate digital environments of film, television, broadcasting, producing, multimedia, content creation and in technology areas that are emerging.

Success stories

Student Awards & Screenings

  • 2015 Student Production Award granted by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter
    • Short Form Non-Fiction The Competitor
    • Commercial Power of Green
    • Director The Fawn
  • 10 Annual College Movie Festival Use of Elements (1st place tie) Damaged and One is too Many
  • 2015 BEA Media Arts Festival, Video Competition, Experimental/Animation/ Mixed, 1st place for Over The River
  • 2015 BEA Media Arts Festival, Scriptwriting, short subjects, 2nd place, for Spare Change
  • 2013 BEA Media Arts Festival, Scriptwriting, short subjects, 2nd place, for 9-11 Trilogy
  • 2012 BEA Media Arts Festival, Scriptwriting, short subjects, 3rd place for Help Wanted
  • 2011 Cincinnati International Film Festival, Juried Screening, Documentary Shorts, Tipping Point
  • 2010 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, Official Selection, Cat Forum
  • 2010 Hollyshorts Film Festival, Official Selection, Cat Forum
  • 2010 BEA Media Arts Festival, Honorable Mention, Marguerite
  • 2009 Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival, Official Selection, Marguerite
  • 2009 Rooftop Comedy National College Funny Film Competition, Winner, Danny & the Page
  • 2009 Underneath Cincinnati Film Festival, Official Selection, Danny & the Page

DIFT Senior Capstone

Feed your brain


Senior Seminar Advanced Digital Production I and II, is a full year capstone experience and builds upon fundamentals aquired in the earlier courses. The majority of the time is spent producing individual films (either documentary or narrative) and one group narrative project. Each film must contain a socially significant theme. Industry standard steps for pre-production, production, and post-production are implemented. Students conduct professional casting calls, and present their work at a senior thesis screening. Students must present a professional demo reel upon completion of the program uploaded to a personal website. Additionally, students continue to produce the news, corporate and nonprofit projects and follow others areas of interests through internships, film and television center and community opportunities.

Xavier Film and Television Center

The Xavier Film and Television Center is an inclusive and supportive environment offering students numerous high value teambuilding and collaborative activities. The student television club produces a weekly news show covering a wide variety of issues and events that are local, regional and national in importance. The studio offers up-to-date resources and equipment and a student driven center, fostering professionalism, and creativity. Students have the ability and freedom to pitch and produce relevant programing based on student interests and resources.

Digital Innovation, Film and Television

Learning objectives

Students successfully completing the DIFT major will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency, creativity, and innovation in using digital production equipment, lighting, sound and composition.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the understanding of DIFT digital production and organizational structures and software for creative producing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in teams as a member and as a leader.
  • Execute a creative idea or story, through its intended medium, resulting in the audience receiving its message.
  • Demonstrate a strong ability to speak and write about one’s individual work and the ability to accept and offer constructive criticism in the form of critique sessions.
  • Use a broad array of information-gathering tools, including personal interviews, databases, and traditional library resources.
  • Create a quality creative portfolio or demo reel with integrated material added to a personal website.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write creatively, adapt that writing (script) to a production plan, and deliver to the screen a work in the form of an artistically sound project.


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