Roy H. Park School of Communications

Department of Television-Radio

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Nancy Cornwell, Professor and Chair

The Department of Television-Radio offers a bachelor of science in television-radio and a bachelor of fine arts in game design and immersive media, both of which are four-year curricula designed to prepare students for careers in media communications, including radio and television broadcasting and other communication-related professions. The bachelor of fine arts program is pending New York State Education Department approval.

Television-Radio, B.S.
Game Design and Immersive Media, B.F.A.
Audio Production Minor
International Communications Minor
Scriptwriting Minor

B.S. in Television-Radio

Majors in the television-radio degree must elect one of six concentrations before registration for the first semester of their sophomore year. Transfer students must indicate a choice of concentration when applying for admission to the degree. Concentration in a specific area is never at the expense of a broad education, and extensive study in the liberal arts is required.

Academic Policies

Television-radio majors must complete the departmental requirements and one set of concentration requirements. In addition to meeting general College guidelines for academic standing and Park School academic policies, majors in television-radio are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50. All majors must complete a minimum of 60 credits outside communications, which includes the distribution requirements, and a minimum of 50 percent of their credits (normally 60 credits) in courses designated as liberal arts (LA). Students applying for internal transfer to the B.S. in television-radio from other majors at Ithaca College (including majors within the Park School) must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Requirements for the Major

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Departmental requirements

TVR 10100

Introduction to Media Production

4

TVR 12100

Introduction to Mass Media*

3

TVR 31200 Government and Media* 3
TVR 32200 New Telecommunications Technologies* 3
TVR 46000 Senior Seminar: Topics in Media Effects* 3

Choose one of the following:

TVR 13100

Media Writing*

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives* 1

3

1 Students in the scriptwriting concentration are required to take both TVR 13100 Media Writing and TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives.

Choose one of the following:

TVR 25100 Critical Thinking and Mass Communication*
TVR 26000 Quantitative Mass Media Research Methods*
TVR 26200 Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods* 3

Total, departmental requirements

22

Supplemental requirements

Speech course*

3

WRTG 1xxxx

Introductory writing course
(except WRTG 10100; placement based on
verbal SAT and a writing sample)

3

Fine arts (FA) course

3

Business or economics course

3
Social or computer science course 3
Total, supplemental requirements 15
Additional requirements for the video production concentration

TVR 11500

Introduction to Field Production

4

TVR 21500

Fiction Film Production 1

4

TVR 22500

Television Production and Direction

4

TVR 49100

Video Workshop

4

Choose one of the following:

TVR 12200

Media Aesthetics and Analysis*

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives* 2

3

2 Students who elect TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives must also take TVR 13100 Media Writing as a core course.

Choose two of the following:

TVR 27100

Audio Production (4)

TVR 29900 Nonfiction Production (4)

TVR 30400

Advanced Studio Production (4)

TVR 30900

Motion Graphics and Animation (4)

TVR 31000

Experimental Video (4)

TVR 31500

Fiction Film Production 2 (4)

TVR 39900

Documentary Workshop (4)

      8

Total, video production concentration

    27

Additional requirements for the audio production concentration

PHYS 16000

Physics of Sound*

3

MUNM 25100

Music and the Media*

3

TVR 27100

Audio Production

4

TVR 37100

Advanced Audio Production

4

TVR 47100

Audio Workshop

4

Choose two of the following:

THPA 30600

Sound Technology* (3)

THPA 30700

Sound Design* (3)

MUMC 14500

Introduction to Electroacoustic Music* (2)

MUMC 24800

Digital Sound Production* (2)

MUMC 24900

Techniques and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music Composition* (2)

MUMC 25000

Digital Recording and Editing* (2)

MUMC 34800

Advanced Microphone Techniques (2)

MUMC 34900

Advanced Recording Techniques (2)

   4-6

Total, audio production concentration

22-24

Additional requirements for the scriptwriting concentration
TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives* 3 3
CNPH 23300 Screenwriting 3
CNPH 33300 Writing for Series Television 3
TVR 43100 Advanced Writing for Television 3

Choose one of the following:

TVR 12200 Media Aesthetics and Analysis* 3
CNPH 10100 Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis* 3
Total, scriptwriting concentration 15

3 Students in the scriptwriting concentration are required to take both TVR 13100 Media Writing and TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives.

Additional requirements for the international communications concentration

TVR 22000

Global Flow of Information*

3

TVR 46200

Seminar in Geomedia*

3

Choose one of the following:

POLT 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (politics)*

3

ANTH 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (anthropology)*

3

Choose one of the following:

TVR 32400

European Mass Media*

3

TVR 32500

Seminar in Development Communications*

3

Two additional electives outside of Park School of Communications 4

6

Total, international communications concentration 18

4 Electives must be from the list of international course options available from the coordinator of the international communications concentration and minor.

Additional requirements for the documentary production concentration

TVR 11500

Introduction to Field Production

4

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives* 5

3

TVR 29900

Nonfiction Production

4

TVR 39900 Documentary Workshop* 4
TVR 49100 Video Workshop 4

5 Students in the documentary production concentration are required to take both TVR 13100 Media Writing and TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives.

Choose one of the following:

TVR 12200

Media Aesthetics and Analysis*

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

3

Total, documentary production concentration 22
Additional requirements for the directed studies concentration

Selected communications courses

12

A plan of study that differs from other concentrations by at least two courses, together with a rationale, must be developed by the student in consultation with his or her adviser and approved by the chair of the television and radio department.

Total, directed studies concentration

12

Summary

Departmental requirements

    22

Supplemental requirements     15

Concentration requirements

12-24

Electives

59-71

Total, B.S. in television-radio

   120

B.F.A. in Game Design and Immersive Media

The Department of Television-Radio also offers a bachelor of fine arts in game design and immersive media, a four-year curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in game design, creation and production of immersive media, and writing for immersive media. Students will also learn about the legal and ethical issues related to immersive media, which is one of the fastest growing mediums today.

Academic Policies

In addition to meeting general College guidelines for academic standing and Park School academic policies, majors in game design and immersive media are required to maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50. All majors must complete a minimum 48 credits outside communications, which includes the distribution requirements and the minor requirement, and a minimum of 25 percent of their credits (normally 30 credits) in courses designated as liberal arts (LA). Students applying for internal transfer to the B.F.A. in game design and immersive media from other majors at Ithaca College (including majors within the Park School) must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Requirements for the Major

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Communications course requirements
TVR 10600 Introduction to Games and Society* 3
TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives* 3
TVR 20500 Critical Analysis of Games and Immersive Media 3
TVR 20900 Introduction to Game Design and Development* 4
CNPH 23300 Screenwriting 3
CNPH 31300 Writing for Immersive Media* 4
TVR 30200 Gaming Industry* 3
TVR 40100 Legal and Ethical Issues in Games and Immersive Media* 3
TVR 40200 Game Design and Immersive Media Workshop 4

Choose one of the following:

CNPH 11100 Cinema Production 1 4
TVR 10100 Introduction to Media Production 4
TVR 11500 Introduction to Field Production 4

Choose one of the following:

TVR 13100 Media Writing*
CNPH 10100 Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis* 3

Choose one of the following:

TVR 30101-99 Special Topics in Game Design and Immersive Media
STCM 30300 Serious Games 3
Total 40
Additional requirements
Art history core
ARTH 1xx00 100-level art history course* 3
ARTH 1xx00 100-level art history course in architecture* 3
ARTH 2xxxx Any 200-level art history course except ARTH 20100* 3
Total 9
Computer science core
COMP 17100 Principles of Computer Science I* 4
COMP 10600 Flash for Animation and Games* 3
COMP 22500 Human Computer Interface* 4
COMP 20700 Game Development Methods and Technologies* 4
Total 15
Minor requirement

Game design and immersive media majors are required to complete a minor outside of the Park School of Communications. This would require 9 additional credits to complete an art history minor, 12 additional credits to complete a computer science minor, and 18-24 credits for all other minors.

Summary
Communications requirements 40
Additional requirements
   Art history
   Computer science

9
15
Outside minor 9-24
Electives 32-47
Total, B.F.A. in game design and immersive media 120

Minors

The minor programs of the television-radio department offer students an opportunity to extend and enhance their college experience. Some enrollment restrictions apply; see the individual descriptions.

Information concerning admission criteria and program requirements is available in the dean's or department office. Students applying to any minor offered by the television-radio department must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Course Duplication

A course that fulfills a requirement for a student's major and minor programs is counted toward the major. The minor discipline determines whether the requirement is to be waived or how else it must be fulfilled. Course duplication will only be considered an issue when a required course is specified by number and title in both the major and minor.

Special Academic Policy for Television-Radio Minor Programs

Minors are required to maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50. As stated above, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to apply to any minor in the television-radio department, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Minor in Audio Production

Nancy Cornwell, Professor and Department Chair

This minor provides broad-based knowledge of the theory and practice of audio production. Students learn the scientific and aesthetic aspects of sound, as well as a broad range of audio production techniques applicable to music, theater, and electronic media. Courses are drawn from the Park School, the School of Music, and the physics and theater arts departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to apply to the minor, but that does not guarantee acceptance.

This minor is not open to television-radio majors.

Required courses for the minor

TVR 10100

Introduction to Media Production

4

PHYS 16000

The Physics of Sound

3

MUNM 25100

Music and the Media

3

TVR 27100

Audio Production

4

TVR 37100

Advanced Audio Production

4

Choose a minimum of 6 credits from the following:

THPA 30600

Sound Technology (3)

THPA 30700

Sound Design (3)

MUMC 14500

Introduction to Electroacoustic Music (2)

MUMC 24800

Digital Sound Production (2)

MUMC 24900

Techniques and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music Composition (2)

MUMC 25000

Digital Recording and Editing (2)

TVR 47100

Audio Workshop (4)

   6-7

Total, minor in audio production

24-25

Minor in International Communications

Katalin Lustyik, Assistant Professor and Coordinator

The minor in international communications gives students from a variety of disciplines a broad knowledge of international communication theory and practice. It also provides knowledge of the global flow of information. Students have opportunities to relate theories and practices of international communication to their own disciplines.

This minor is not open to television-radio majors who have a declared concentration in international communications; it is open to all other television-radio majors. Television-radio majors with a minor in international communications will have the course TVR 12100 Introduction to Mass Media waived as a requirement for the minor, since that course is required for the major. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to apply for this minor, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

Required courses for the minor

TVR 12100

Introduction to Mass Media

3

POLT 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (politics) or

ANTH 12900

Introduction to Global Studies (anthropology)

3

TVR 22000

Global Flow of Information

3

TVR 32400

European Mass Media or

TVR 32500

Seminar in Development Communications

3

TVR 46200

Seminar in Geomedia

3

One additional elective from outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications 6

3

Total, minor in international communications

18

6 Requires approval from the coordinator of the minor.

Minor in Scriptwriting

Julie Blumberg, Assistant Professor and Coordinator

This minor is offered in cooperation with the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts and both the theater arts department and the writing department in the School of Humanities and Sciences. The minor develops skills and knowledge of this specialized discipline in both its dramatic and nondramatic aspects. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to apply to the minor, but this minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

This minor is not open to television-radio majors who have a declared concentration in scriptwriting; it is open to all other television-radio majors. Television-radio majors with a minor in scriptwriting will have the course TVR 12100 Introduction to Mass Media waived as a requirement for the minor, since that course is required for the major.

Required courses for the minor

TVR 10100

Introduction to Media Production

4

TVR 13400

Developing Story Narratives

3

TVR 33300

Writing for Series Television

3

TVR 43100

Advanced Writing for Television

3

THPA 16000

Introduction to Theater

3

CNPH 23300

Screenwriting

3

THPA 36500

Playwriting

3

Writing department elective (level 2 or above)

3

Total, minor in scriptwriting

25

Additional requirements for the minor

All students who are minors in scriptwriting must complete THPA 16000 Introduction to Theater before taking THPA 36500 Playwriting. They also must complete TVR 10100 Introduction to Media Production before taking any of the level-3 courses. The writing department elective must be approved by the minor adviser.