BROADCASTING, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AND MASS MEDIA
Elizabeth Leebron, Chair
The Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media provides programs of study in the production, management, institutions, and social processes of broadcast, telecommunications, and other popular systems of communication. Students examine both the history and the emerging future of communication technologies. The department emphasizes four interrelated areas of coursework:
2. Media Organization and Management - business practices and strategies for mass media and telecommunications institutions, industries, and professional enterprises.
3. Media Institutions- the history, economics, law, regulation, and policy pertaining to the broadcast, cable, and new technology industries.
4. Media and Social Processes- the psychology, sociology, cultural analysis, and politics of the mass media, particularly in terms of their impact on everyday life.
Internships and Senior Seminar
Before graduating, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media majors are required to take: (1) an Internship or Practicum and (2) the Senior Seminar, which together are designed to explore each student's professional future upon leaving the Department. Hundreds of businesses, organizations, and institutions in the metropolitan area, as well as those across the nation, cooperate in providing opportunities for Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media students to work in relevant professional ways for course credit. Also, students interested in pursuing further academic degrees can be placed in appropriate research and scholarly work programs.
The Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media (BTMM) Department offers special opportunities for study and research in London, England.
Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts
The Degree of Bachelor of Arts may be conferred upon a student majoring in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of coursework completed with a cumulative average of 2.0 (overall and in the major). Within this coursework, students must satisfactorily complete:
2. School of Communications and Theater requirements. No fewer than 63 semester hours taken outside of the School of Communications and Theater.
3. BTMM requirements are as follows: the completion of a minimum of 40 semester hours and a maximum of 54 semester hours in BTMM. Each course taken to fulfill the minimum requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
The following courses must be taken during the student's first two years of majoring in BTMM:
Any course serving as a prerequisite must have been completed with a grade of C- or better. Prerequisites are noted in BTMM's course descriptions.
A minimum 2.5 average in BTMM courses and completion of 60 credits, including the BTMM core, must be attained before registering for Internship.
Only eight semester hours will be accepted from activity Physical Education courses. of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, except in special programs run in cooperation with the Department. No more than 15 hours from HPERD may be applied to the degree.
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COMMUNICATIONS AND THEATER
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FILM AND MEDIA ARTS
Jeff Rush, Chair
The Department of Film and Media Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts program in media production and theory. The program focuses on the development of creative and technical skills in film, video, audio, multi-media, computers and new technologies, and the theoretical understanding of media and culture. The program recognizes and explores the creative tension between individual expression and the social, political, and economic forces that shape culture at large.
Students will be trained in developing content as well as craft, theory as well as practice. In learning independent and commercial approaches to production and theory, graduates will be prepared to develop their own independent productions and/or to assume a creative role in the motion picture and television industries.
The department brings in guest media makers and visiting professors from diverse backgrounds for special lectures and workshops. Students may also select elective courses from other departments in the School of Communications and Theater in such areas as telecommunications, journalism, and theater. A highly recognized graduate program offers undergraduate students numerous opportunities to work on advanced productions and participate in advanced research in the field.
After taking the FMA basic courses in their freshman and sophomore years,
students choose to enter one of three sequences:
Special Programs and Internships
Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts
1. University Core requirements
Students may complete up to 12 additional credits in Film and Media Arts. The number of courses taken in the School of Communications and Theater is limited to 63 credits. A student must earn a C or better in all Film and Media Arts courses which count towards the degree.
Due to the highly competitive nature of this field, students with Film and Media Arts averages under 2.0 for more than two semesters will be encouraged to change their major. Students with averages under 2.0 may not begin the program. Students may take up to four of the 42 FMA credits as an internship.
Production Thesis Sequence
The Production Thesis sequence builds to a two-semester senior capstone course in which each student, working with close faculty guidance, will finish a film, video, new technologies production and/or script, a production book, and a critical paper on the theoretical issues that informed his/her work. Media work must be presented publicly at an end of the year screening.
Students may enter this sequence if they earn a B average in the Basic Core sequence and a B average in Media Arts I and II, and if they continue to maintain a B average in the Film and Media Arts Major. Completion of this sequence requires completion of Senior Projects I and II and is based on the grade requirements listed above, along with faculty acceptance of a Senior Project portfolio (which includes a proposal or script, and a work sample) submitted in March of the studentís junior year.
Media Culture Thesis Sequence
Alan Powell, Sequence Director
This sequence is designed for students who wish a more general approach to production and theory. Working closely with their advisers, students will choose from a number of production and studies elective courses to complete a balanced, liberal arts approach to media study in lieu of a senior production thesis or media culture thesis. Students may progress through the
Non-Thesis Sequence if they have a 2.0 cumulative average and grades of
C or better in all the Basic Core courses.
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