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University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) 
University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Television, Film and Media Studies, B.A.

The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Television, Film and Media Studies emphasizes both theoretical understanding and practical application of the mass media of communication in contemporary society. This major offers three interdisciplinary options: Animation, Broadcast Journalism, and Telecommunications and Film. It is the primary objective of our curriculum to help develop a knowledgeable and artistically skilled graduate who will be able to pursue an advanced degree and/or a professional career in radio, television, animation, cinema, and/or mass communication research. The program emphasizes the importance of the media in constructing awareness of the multi-cultural composition of society, as well as the media’s impact on all aspects of human interaction.

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Television, Film and Media Studies is 180 units, of which 88-98 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Requirements for the Major (88–98 units)

Students should plan their programs with careful attention to prerequisites for upper division courses.

Animation Option (70 units)

The Animation option provides a thorough education in the creative, practical and historical uses of animation. The option encourages an experimental approach to animation, combining traditional and contemporary techniques. Students complete a core of 30-34 units plus either the Traditional Animation or the Computer Animation Track for an additional 36-40 units. The elective courses within each of track allow the student to take courses in the other technique.

This option is offered jointly with the Art Department.

Option Core Requirements (30-34)

Traditional Animation Track (36-40 units)

Computer Animation Track (36-40 units)

Broadcast Journalism Option (60 units)

Telecommunications and Film Option (60 units)

Electives (8-16 units)

Select upper division courses in Television, Film and Media Studies which may include the following courses, or other upper division courses in Television, Film and Media Studies or in related fields with adviser approval.