Mar 02, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Television, BA

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Majors and Programs

Note: For information on this program after Fall 2020, please see the Film and Television BA.

The Television BA begins with a set of core courses that provide a firm foundation in television history and ethics, television production and editing, and television producing and writing. These areas of learning prepare all of our majors to proceed to their chosen concentration in one of four areas: Writing and Producing, Production and Directing, Post-Production and Effects, and Internet and Mobile Media. Each concentration offers a set of selected courses that emphasizes storytelling and that builds skills in specific areas, culminating in a chosen capstone experience: working on one of the departmental shows, working in a professional setting at an internship, or participating in our Semester in Los Angeles Program.

As a result of successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate technical proficiency in media production and project management;
  • apply both written and visual storytelling skills to produce projects with originality and aesthetic depth;
  • demonstrate the ability to research and analyze historic and current examples of media;
  • apply ethical principles in the production and analysis of media arts;
  • understand the business of traditional and emerging forms of television; and
  • demonstrate the ability to offer constructive criticism and collaborate with others.


Internet and Mobile Media

The Internet and Mobile Media concentration emphasizes writing, producing, production and strategic distribution of episodic and standalone content for emerging media platforms including branded entertainment, webisodes, interactive and YouTube video. Students in this concentration produce individually directed and collaborative projects that leverage the power of analytics and social media platforms to distribute dynamic content to web and mobile devices.

Post-Production and Effects

Post-production is the creative stage of development when visuals, audio, graphics and effects are combined and polished in service of a video-based story. Post-production completes the process of bringing the creative vision to the screen. In this concentration, students learn the skills involved with advanced editing, motion graphics and visual effects. Students work in a wide variety of genres, on individual productions and on programs produced potentially for broadcast television, as well as for internet and mobile. 

Production and Directing

The Production and Directing concentration teaches students a wide variety of techniques for studio and location production for both single and multiple camera shoots. Students produce work in multiple environments including studios, remote truck and in the field. Directors learn to analyze a script or scenario and bring creative vision to the screen. The concentration covers multiple facets of directing, from planning and executing a compelling visual style to developing strategies for working with actors to create and build complex characters. 

Writing and Producing

The Writing and Producing concentration offers the array of skills necessary to drive the creative television production process. In the television industry the writer/producer is the person-in-charge who creates new programs, develops new series, and oversees every phase of production from the idea stage through marketing and distribution. Students in this concentration will be introduced to the television development process, will practice producing programs of different genres, and will engage deeply in every aspect of scriptwriting: developing characters, writing dialogue and creating the ongoing storylines that drive episodic television. Required Courses 

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Majors and Programs