Forty-nine credits are required for the degree.
At least 40 credits must be taken in the Television and Radio Department. Of the 49 credits, 34 credits must be taken in departmental required courses; the remaining 15 credits are elective, and must be approved in consultation with the director
of the M.F.A. program and the graduate deputy chairperson.
Every M.F.A. student shall be required to successfully complete the department's graduate core, which consists of Introduction to Media Studies (7701X), to be taken in the first semester, and Media Studies Seminar (7710X), to be taken in the students final semester of course work.
The Television Production specialization for M.F.A. students encompasses the following courses for a total of 28 credits.
• Problems in Multiple Camera Television Production
• Single Camera Production for Television (7752X)
• The Television Script: Structuring and Writing (7740G)
• Video Post-Production Theory and Practice (7781G)
• Advanced Problems in Studio and Field Video
• Seminar in Television Program Production I (7783G)
• Seminar in Television Program Production II (7784G)
• Thesis Development (7851G)
• Thesis Development (7852G)
• Thesis Development (7853G)
• Thesis Development (7854G)
The remaining 15 credits are elective. No more than 9 credits of these may be taken in departments outside the Television and Radio Department.
M.F.A. students may offer 3 credits of a Television Production Externship, Fieldwork in Electronic Media (7769X), toward the M.F.A. degree. This externship provides on-the-job production experience under the supervision of a selected television professional.
Creative work in the program must culminate in submission of either a finished television program or other creative audiovisual material (e.g., a CD-ROM or a fully developed Web site). The specific parameters of the student's creative thesis project must be formally approved by the director of the M.F.A. program in consultation with the student's faculty adviser. This audiovisual material shall meet the professional production and content standards appropriate for granting a terminal academic degree. The project will be accompanied by a production book acceptable to the department.
Students must pass a three-hour written comprehensive examination in their final semester. The examination will consist of two questions in the production/writing/aesthetics area.
Courses in the Television and Radio Department offered toward a degree must be 700-level courses.
Honor Society Alpha Epsilon Rho is a national honor society in radio and television. Members are selected from both undergraduate and graduate students on the basis of achievement.
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