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Concentrations & Minors
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Concentrations & Minors

To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete the Liberal Arts and Television Core required classes that establish the foundation for learning. Once the Core requirements have been met, students may choose one of our four concentrations for in-depth study.

What Are the Television Core Requirements?

40-1101 The History of Television
40-1103 Aesthetics and Storytelling
40-1302 Television Arts: Production
40-2301 Television Arts: Directing
40-2302 Production & Editing I
40-2401 Production and Editing II
40-2201 The Television Producer
40-2803 Culture, Race and Media
40-2100 Television Arts: Writing
40-2788 Television Career Strategies

The Learning Community

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student who has declared Television as your major, you are eligible to participate in the Learning Community. The Learning Community is a year-long immersion experience that combines six basic core courses in a workshop/studio setting. This hands-on program gives students the opportunity to take their foundation courses as they work on individual and group projects building technical, creative and collaborative skills and forging lasting friendships. This is an intensive program that requires a commitment to teamwork and collaboration for two consecutive semesters. After a year of intense study in the Learning Community, students will be ready for advanced course work in any of our concentrations.


Post-production & Effects

Post-production is the creative stage where visuals, audio, graphics and effects are combined and polished. Post-production completes the process of bringing the creative vision to the screen. In this concentration students will learn advanced editing, motion graphics and visual effects. Students work in a wide variety of editing genres, on individual productions and on programs produced for broadcast television, internet and mobile.

Degree Requirements: Post-Production & Effects


Internet & Mobile Media

The Internet and Mobile Media concentration emphasizes the writing and production of emerging forms of episodic and stand alone content including mobisodes, webisodes, interactive and viral video. Students in this concentration produce both individually directed and collaborative projects which are distributed through web and mobile devices.

Degree Requirements: Internet and Mobile Media


Production & Directing

The Production and Directing concentration teaches students all facets of studio and location production for single and multiple camera shoots. Students produce work in multiple environments including the studios, control rooms, remote truck and in the field. Directors learn to block scripts, direct actors and craft compelling visual stories.

Degree Requirements: Production & Directing


Writing & Producing

Television is known as the writer’s medium. The writer/producer is the person-in-charge who creates new programs, develops new series, and oversees all aspects of production from the idea stage through marketing and distribution. Students in this concentration learn to write and produce effectively across genres including comedy, drama, documentary and reality.

Degree Requirements: Writing & Producing


Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics is a growing practice with output including film, television and the web in the form of title sequences, television commercials, television network identifications, music video effects, web-based graphic animations, etc. The industry is comprised of an interdisciplinary array of professionals with formal training from television, film, graphic design, architecture and art. The Motion Graphics minor is a 19-20 credit hour sequence of classes which focuses on the design and implementation of motion graphics animations for television, film and web. Students who may wish to complete the minor include Film and Television Editors, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Animators and Media Artists.

Degree Requirements:


Non-Linear Editing

This minor will focus on teaching a set of skills that include video acquisition and non-linear editing. it will prepare students to use these skills in a wide variety of fields that now utilize video and need more people trained in these skills. students who have these skills in addition to their major focus will increase their ability to enter the job market because of the proliferation of opportunities that need the capabilities of skilled shooter/editors. This minor would be of interest to students from a variety of departments who are interested in entering a market with expanding possibilities.

Degree Requirements: Non-Linear Editing Minor

Writing for Television

To finish the Television Department's Writing for Television Minor, students are required to complete the four listed courses and two additional 3000 Level Television courses. This is an 18-20 credit minor.

Degree Requirements: Writing for Television Minor