»B.F.A. in Television and Broadcast Journalism

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Want to make TV shows like The Walking Dead and Modern Family?  Or anchor the news on CNN, or report on the latest developments in sports or entertainment?  Maybe you’d like to travel the world making documentaries about Africa, Asia, or important community issues right in your own backyard?

You can do any and all of these things as a Television and Broadcast Journalism major.  Using our 4-camera, state-of-the-art high definition television studio, industry-standard technology like iNews and Avid, state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras such as the Red One and Sony F65, and camera and sound packages dedicated to documentary field production, our students create and produce:

We also maintain and program our own cable-access channel, Channel 6 in Orange, Calif. (also broadcast on Channel 99 in U-verse), which reaches the entire Los Angeles and Southern California market. This enables us to produce shows such as weekly newscast live over our own channel.

+-New Television Degrees

Starting in Fall 2014, the current B.F.A. in Television and Broadcast Journalism will be divided into two degrees: a B.F.A. in Television Writing and Production and a B.F.A. in News and Documentary. The courses will remain the same, but the new names will clarify what course of study students choose among news, documentary and narrative television.

The faculty voted to make this change to clarify the differences between students who wish to prepare for careers that are based on researching and reporting stories of real people and those who wish to create stories for the world of episodic or narrative television (half-hour and hour comedies and drama shows with recurring characters).

We believe this change will benefit everyone, making both the career paths and the names of the degrees more clear.

The only curriculum changes are in the News and Documentary degree: Prime Time: The Game of Television is no longer required and two courses previously listed as electives are now choices for those interested in documentary: Investigative Journalism and Community Voices: Documentary Workshop.

Students who wish to move to the 2014 catalog so that their degree reflects one of the new names, may do so by submitting the Change of Program form for 2014-15 to the Registrar, when it is available online. However, please be aware that students will also be held to any changes in GE requirements between their current catalog and the new catalog.  It is recommended that students run the “What if I changed my program of study?” and select the new catalog in WebAdvisor to see how their coursework would be affected.

View the B.F.A. in News and Documentary Requirements

View the B.F.A. in Television Writing and Production Requirements

+-You'll Study

Along with a broad liberal arts education, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of production, including single and multi-camera shooting and directing, cinematography, editing and sound
  • How to write for television for episodic programs or news or documentaries
  • The financial and social/cultural aspects of television
  • How to work in a studio environment as well as on location
  • Hands-on skills specific to your area of specialization:
    • In Narrative Television: Creating interesting characters and multi-part stories, producing and directing
    • In Broadcast Journalism: Investigating and creating broadcast packages on breaking news, sports, and arts and entertainment
    • In Documentary Production: All aspects of developing, shooting and editing a quality documentary

+-Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate strong writing and storytelling skills that are appropriate to professional expectations in their area of emphasis – narrative television, broadcast journalism or documentary.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze current TV market conditions and business models and then evaluate the marketability and viability of their skills and creative work within that market.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology and other craft areas – cinematography, videography, sound, editing – to enhance story as it grows from the written word (script) to a finished, visual story.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to work in a professional, collaborative environment appropriate to broadcast news, documentary or narrative television.

+-Degree Requirements

B.F.A. in Television & Broadcast Journalism Degree Requirements

Core requirements (27 credits)

FTV 114

Introduction to Television Production: Studio

FTV 115

Editing I

FTV 116

Introduction to Television Production: Location

FTV 130

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

FTV 133

Audio Techniques

FTV 232

Electronic Cinematography

FTV 240

The Business of Television

FTV 246

History of Television

FTV 262

Prime Time: The Game of Television

Area of study requirements (30 credits)

Students must complete all the requirements within one of the following areas of study.

Broadcast Journalism area of study requirements (30 credits)

FTV 103

Broadcast News

FTV 203

Broadcast News II

FTV 307

Mass Media Law and Ethics

FTV 309

Advanced Broadcast News Writing

FTV 314

Producing the News Magazine Television Series

FTV 318

Multi-Camera Field Production

FTV 432

Producing the Newscast (capstone course)

FTV 490

Independent Internship

 

choose two upper-division TBJ courses as electives

Narrative Television area of study requirements (21 credits)

FTV 201

Actor-Director Workshop

FTV 227

Screenwriting Fundamentals

FTV 313

Byte-Sized Television I

FTV 320/320L

Narrative Television Workshop/Lab Narrative Television Workshop

FTV 328

Seminar in Television Writing

FTV 334

Production and Set Management

FTV 413

Byte-Sized Television II

one of the following (capstone course) (3 credits)

FTV 362

Prime Time Production: Writing the Dramatic Series

FTV 363/363L

Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series/Lab Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series

FTV 364

Prime Time Production: Editing the Dramatic Series

two of the following (6 credits)

FTV 315

Editing II

FTV 333

Audio Design

FTV 336

Production Design I

FTV 337

Cinematography II

FTV 362

Prime Time Production: Writing the Dramatic Series

FTV 363/363L

Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series/Lab Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series

FTV 364

Prime Time Production: Editing the Dramatic Series

FTV 490

Independent Internship

Documentary Filmmaking area of study requirements (30 credits)

FTV 103

Broadcast News

FTV 307

Mass Media Law and Ethics

FTV 308

Documentary Pre-Production (capstone course)

FTV 321

The Documentary Tradition

FTV 335

Documentary Production

FTV 412

Documentary Post Production (capstone course)

FTV 490

Independent Internship

 

choose three upper-division TBJ courses as electives

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