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  Academic Programs / Media & Communication

Media Studies & Production

Department Office:
Annenberg Hall Room 205

Nancy Morris, Ph.D., Chair

215-204-8394

nancy.morris@temple.edu

William Mooney, Assistant Chair

215-204-1884

bmooney@temple.edu

Undergraduate Contact:

Amy Caples, Director of Recruiting
215-204-9717

caples@temple.edu


http://smc.temple.edu/msp

 

The Department of Media Studies and Production expands students' knowledge and skills to create, evaluate, and manage media content and organizations.  With the urban and global communities as their living laboratories, students draw on their creativity, entrepreneurship, intellectual curiosity and analytical abilities to navigate digital media in our global society.


Theory and practice are integrated into all areas of study in the major.  Media Studies & Production students learn how to produce, evaluate and manage media content for traditional and emerging media in a variety of genres, including information (news and documentary), music, comedy, sports, drama, and commercial and noncommercial persuasion campaigns.  They study institutions that create, distribute and investigate media products (e.g., production studios, television and radio networks and audience measurement companies) and learn how to create and operate successful media businesses.  Media Studies & Production students learn to think purposefully and critically about media, and examine media roles in history, culture and society from many perspectives.  They also learn how to act ethically as they interact with the world both in careers in media institutions and as media consuming and producing citizens.

The Media Studies & Production curriculum features Professional Options in four areas:

1)  Media Production Professional Option:  This option introduces students to conceptual and technical tools employed to create media content for the digital world. Students who study in this option develop strong professional skills as well as critical and analytical abilities that enable them to evaluate content for various media.  They seek career opportunities as producers, writers, videographers, editors, recording engineers, web site designers, and talent in traditional and emerging media.

2)  Media Business & Entrepreneurship Professional Option:  The practical and ethical ways to start, operate or participate in an enterprise that creates, produces, and/or distributes media content.  Students who follow this option seek career opportunities as media entrepreneurs, media production freelancers, owners/operators of production companies or recording studios, web site developers, or founders/owners of a station, channel or network.

3)  Media Analysis Professional Option:  Critical understanding of the roles of media in contemporary life, including media technology as a cultural force; the nature of media institutions, audiences, and texts; and the media as a source of shared social identities.  Students who select this option are prepared for careers as media consultants, editorial or technical writers, community activists, corporate communication producers, media scholars, and market research analysts.

4) Emergent Media Professional Option:  Focuses on critical analysis and production in new digital media, specifically in mobile media, the web, and video games.  Students who study this option develop an understanding of the global nature of the new digital media environment and its business practices, and production processes.  Students follow this option will be prepared for careers as digital media consultants, web designers, and marketing professionals in the converged media environment. 

Program Requirements:

 

Introductory Core Foundation Requirements (9 credit hours)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 1011 Introduction to Media Theory 3  
Media Studies & Production 1021 Media & Society 3  
Media Studies & Production 1701 Introduction to Media Technology 3  

 

 

Advanced Core (6-7 credit hours)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 4039 Senior Seminar 3  
Media Studies & Production

Media Studies & Production
4785
  or
4487, 4596, 4597, 4687, 4787, 4887
Internship

Practicum
3-4

3-4
 

 

 

Media Policy & Ethics Requirement (choose one course, 3 credits minimum)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 4221 Information Technology Policy 3  
Media Studies & Production 4252 Law & Ethics of Digital Media 4  
Media Studies & Production 4296 History of Electronic Media 3 WI
Media Studies & Production 4454 Public Information Media Campaigns 3  

 

 

Media & Critical Topics Requirement (choose one course, 3 credits minimum)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 3421 Technology & Culture 3  
Media Studies & Production 4153 Media Criticism 3  
Media Studies & Production 4445 Media Images & Analysis 3  
Media Studies & Production 4446 Psychological Processing of Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4453 Information Society 3  
Media Studies & Production 4497 Media & Children 3 WI

 

 

International/Intercultural Media Issues Requirement (choose one course, 3 credits minimum)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 3471 Media & Cultural Differences 3  
Media Studies & Production 3473 Media & the Environment 3  
Media Studies & Production 3572 Communication & Development 3  
Media Studies & Production 4496 Global Media 3 WI
Media Studies & Production 4571 Foreign Studies in BTMM 3  
Media Studies & Production 4572 British Media & Telecommunication 3  

 

PLUS Completion of a track (Media Production, Media Business & Entrepreneurship, Media Analysis, or Emergent Media)

*courses in various categories can only be counted once.

 

Media Production (minimum of 18 credit hours)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production

Media Studies & Production
2701
  or
2751
Introduction to Media Production
    or
Audio for Media
4

4
 
Plus 4 courses chosen in consultation with Media Studies & Production Faculty Advisor
Media Studies & Production 2721 Voice-Over Techniques for Media 4  
Media Studies & Production 3196 Writing Workshop 3 WI
Media Studies & Production 3631 Media Sales 3  
Media Studies & Production 3701 Genres of Media Production 4  
Media Studies & Production 3709 Advanced Editing 4  
Media Studies & Production 3721 Media Performance 4  
Media Studies & Production 3751 Studio Music Recording Techniques 4  
Media Studies & Production 3771 Radio 4  
Media Studies & Production 4541 Mobile Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4641 Programming for Multiplatform Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4663 Art & Business of Record Production 3  
Media Studies & Production 4701 Producing & Directing 4  
Media Studies & Production 4728 Advanced Scriptwriting 3  
Media Studies & Production 4751 Audio Mixing and Mastering 4  

 

 

Media Business & Entrepreneurship (minimum of 18 credit hours)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 1655 The Business of Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 3225 Educational Multimedia Production 3  
Media Studies & Production 3611 Media Advertising 3  
Media Studies & Production 3631 Media Sales 3  
Media Studies & Production 3663 Marketing Music and Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 3701 Genres of Media Production 4  
Media Studies & Production 4226 Public Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4453 Information Society 3  
Media Studies & Production 4614 Creating a Media Business 4  
Media Studies & Production 4641 Programming for Multiplatform Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4657 Current Issues in Media Management 3  
Media Studies & Production 4663 Art & Business of Record Production 3  
Media Studies & Production 4696 Communication in Media Organizations 4 WI
Media Studies & Production 4703 Multimedia Production for Corporations & Non-Profits 4  

 

 

Media Analysis (minimum of 18 credit hours)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 2141 Media Research 3  
Media Studies & Production 2421 Media Popular Culture 3  
Media Studies & Production 2741 Introduction to Internet Studies & Web Authoring 3  
Media Studies & Production 2889 Field Experience in Youth Media & Media Literacy 3  
Media Studies & Production 3196 Writing Workshop 3 WI
Media Studies & Production 4226 Public Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4296 History of Electronic Media 3 WI
Media Studies & Production 4445 Media Images & Analysis 3  
Media Studies & Production 4446 Psychological Processing of Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4453 Information Society 3  
Media Studies & Production 4454 Public Information Media Campaigns 3  
Media Studies & Production 4497 Media & Children 3 WI
Media Studies & Production 4541 Mobile Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4696 Communication in Media Organizations 4 WI

 

 

Emergent Media (minimum of 18 credit hours)
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Minimum of 3 courses taken from one sub-focus, and 2 from the other sub-focus
Emergent Media Studies
Media Studies & Production 2741 Introduction to Internet Studies & Web Authoring 3  
Media Studies & Production 2421 Media Popular Culture 3  
Media Studies & Production 4324 The Video Game Industry and Game Culture 3  
Media Studies & Production 4446 Psychological Processing of Media 3  
Media Studies & Production 4541 Mobile Media 3  
Emergent Media Production
Media Studies & Production 2751 Audio for Media 4  
Media Studies & Production 3709 Advanced Editing 4  
Media Studies & Production 3751 Studio Music Recording Techniques 4  
Media Studies & Production 4614 Creating a Media Business 4  
Media Studies & Production 4703 Multimedia Production for Corporations & Non-Profits 4  
Media Studies & Production 4741 Cybermedia Workshop 4  
Media Studies & Production 4751 Audio Mixing & Mastering 4  

 

Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts

 

Summary of Requirements:

- University requirements:

  • New students starting in the 2013-2014 academic year are required to complete the General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses in the major, one of which must be at the 3000+ level. Writing-intensive courses are listed below with a "WI" in the Attribute column and are identified as Writing Intensive in their course descriptions in Self Service Banner, accessible through the TUportal.

- School of Media and Communication requirements.

 

General Requirements:

  • Minimum of 42 credits in Media Studies & Production / maximum of 58 credits in Media Studies & Production
  • Maximum of 78 credits in the School of Media and Communication
  • Each course that fulfills a requirement for the major must be passed with a C- or better
  • All prerequisites must be met unless exempted in writing
  • No more than 20 transfer credits may be applied to the Media Studies & Production major
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major
  • No more than 8 credits in Kinesiology and Dance activities courses
  • No more than 12 credits total for internship, practicum, and independent study courses

Course Requirements:

  • Media Studies & Production Foundation Courses: 1011 (Introduction to Media Theory), 1021 (Media and Society) and 1701 (Introduction to Media Technology) must be completed within the first 45 credits at Temple University.  Students transferring in to Temple need to complete at least one Media Studies & Production foundation course at Temple, unless exempted by the chair of the department.
  • Media Studies & Production 4785 (Internship) or Practicum:  Media Studies & Production majors can choose between Internship or Practica.  All majors must have 2.75 GPA or greater to enroll in the Internship (3-4 credit hours); all other majors with a lower GPA must complete at least one Practicum (Media Studies & Production 4487, 4596, 4597, 4687, 4787, 4887).
  • Media Studies & Production 4039: Senior Seminar taken during final 30 credits
  • Professional Option selections (minimum 18 credit hours)
  • Media Policy & Ethics requirement (minimum 3 credits): Complete a minimum of one course from the following: Media Studies & Production 4221, 4252, 4296, 4454.
  • Media & Critical Topics requirement (minimum 3 credits): Complete a minimum of one course from the following: Media Studies & Production 3421, 4153, 4445, 4446, 4453, 4497.
  • International/Intercultural Media Issues Requirement (minimum 3 credits): Complete a minimum of one course from the following: Media Studies & Production 3471, 3473, 3572, 4496, 4571, 4572.
  • Electives (up to 16 credits)

Internships and Senior Seminar:

The academic experience for all Media Studies & Production majors culminates with the Media Studies & Production 4039: Senior Seminar and Media Studies & Production 4785: Internship for 3 or 4 credit hours (NOTE: To qualify for an internship, students must have Junior or Senior standing, a minimum of 2.75 GPA in the major, and passing grades (C-) in the Media Studies & Production requirement courses.  For students with a GPA lower than 2.75, a Practicum must be completed in place of the Internship).  Together, these courses provide students the opportunity to explore their potential professional futures.  Internship opportunities exist locally (at virtually every media-oriented organization in the greater Philadelphia region), nationally (in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. media markets), and internationally (in London, England and Tokyo, Japan, through the School of Media and Communication's Study Away Program and Temple's Education Abroad Office).  Students who wish to enroll in a second internship as an elective can take Media Studies & Production 4786 for 1 to 3 credit hours.

Practica

There are six (6) practica options:  4487: TUTV Practicum; 4596: TV News Production Practicum - Temple Update; 4597: Sports Production Practicum; 4687: Recording Industry Practicum; 4787: TV Production Workshop; and 4887: Radio Production Practicum.  Students enrolled in TUTV Practicum (Media Studies & Production 4487) play a key role in the operation of Temple University Television (TUTV) and will work with the course instructor, engineering staffers and others to schedule the station and produce original content.  In the TV News Production Practicum - Temple Update (Media Studies & Production 4596), students produce a weekly live-to-tape TV newsmagazine that airs on local cable TV.  The Sports Production Practicum (Media Studies & Production 4597) is a weekly sports program produced by students. Recording Industry Practicum (Media Studies & Production 4687) is an intensive, practical course that engages students in the day-to-day operation of our student-run record label.  TV Production Workshop (Media Studies & Production 4787), also fulfills the requirement of a practicum and involves the production of various content also for broadcast on local cable. The Radio Production Practicum (Media Studies & Production 4887) takes place at the WRFT 1610 AM radio station, located on Temple University's Ambler campus.

Media Studies & Production courses designated a "Practicum" can be taken as either Media Studies & Production electives or in place of Media Studies & Production 4785: Internship.

 

Suggested Semester By Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

 

Bachelor of Arts in media Studies & Production

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2013-2014 Academic Year

 

Year 1 - Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Media Studies & Production 1021 Media & Society 3  
Media Studies & Production 1701 Introduction to Media Technology 3  
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Communications & Theater 1001 Freshman Seminar 1  
Semester Total     15  
 
Year 1 - Spring
Media Studies & Production 1011 Introduction to Media Theory 3  
Media Studies & Production   Media Studies & Production Professional Option Course 3-4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Semester Total     15-16  
 
Year 2 - Fall
Media Studies & Production   Media Studies & Production Professional Option Course 3-4  
Select one of the following Media Policy & Ethics Requirement courses: 3-4  
Media Studies & Production 4221
4252
4296
4454
Information Technology Policy
Law and Ethics of Digital Media
History of Electronic Media
Public Information Media Campaigns
   
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Semester Total     15-18  
 
Year 2 - Spring
Media Studies & Production   Media Studies & Production Professional Option Course 3-4  
Select one of the following Media & Critical Topics Requirement courses: 3-4  
Media Studies & Production 3421
4153
4445
4446
4453
4497
Technology and Culture
Media Criticism
Media Images and Analysis
Psychological Processing of Media
Information Society
Media and Children
   
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Semester Total     15-17  
 
Year 3 - Fall
Media Studies & Production   Media Studies & Production Professional Option Course 3-4 WI
Select one of the following International/Intercultural Media Issues Requirement courses: 3-4  
Media Studies & Production 3471
3473
3572
4496
4571
4572
Media and Cultural Differences
Media and the Environment
Communication and Development
Global Media
Foreign Studies in BTMM
British Media and Telecommunication
   
Electives   Electives 9-11  
Semester Total     17  
 
Year 3 - Spring
Media Studies & Production   Media Studies & Production Professional Option Course 3-4 WI
Media Studies & Production   Media Studies & Production Professional Option Course 3-4  
Electives   Electives 9-11  
Semester Total     17  
 
Year 4 - Fall
Media Studies & Production 4039 Senior Seminar 3  
Media Studies & Production   Media Studies & Production Elective (if needed) or Electives 9-12  
Semester Total     12-15  
 
Year 4 - Spring
Select at least one of the following Internship or Practica: 3-4  
Media Studies & Production 4785
4487
4596
4597
4687
4787
4887
Internship
TUTV Practicum
TV News Production Practicum - Temple Update
Sports Production Practicum
Recording Industry Practicum
Television Production Workshop
Radio Production Practicum
 

WI
WI
Electives   Electives 8-14  
Semester Total     12-15  
         
Total Hours for Media Studies & Production: 124 (minimum)

 

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