Roy H. Park School of Communications

Department of Television-Radio

Bachelor of Science

Megan Roberts, Associate Professor and Interim Chair

The Department of Television-Radio offers a bachelor of science in television-radio, a four-year curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in media communications, including radio and television broadcasting and other communication-related professions. The department also offers a new degree in emerging media; see section below for details.

Television-Radio, B.S.
Emerging Media, B.S.
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 program. 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. 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 in Television-Radio -- B.S.

Television-radio majors are required to earn a grade no lower than C- in all required courses for their major with a TVR prefix to the course number.

*Denotes a liberal arts course

Departmental requirements

TVR 11500

Introduction to Field Production

4

TVR 12400

Introduction to Mass Industries

4

TVR 46000 Senior Seminar 3

Choose one of the following:

TVR 31200

Government and Media

TVR 31301-99

Topics in Media Law and Policy 

4

 

Choose one of the following:

TVR 32200

New Telecommunications Technologies 3
TVR 32001-99 Topics in Media Technology 4

Choose one of the following:

TVR 13100 Media Writing 3
TVR 13400 Developing Story Narratives1 3

 1Students 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* 3
TVR 26000 Quantitative Mass Media Research Methods*
TVR 26200 Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods* 3
 

Total, departmental requirements

23-25

Supplemental requirements

 

Speech course*

3

WRTG 1xxxx

Introductory writing course

3

 

Business or economics course

3
  Computer science course 3
  Total, supplemental requirements 12
Additional requirements for the media production concentration

TVR 10500

Introduction to Audio

2

TVR 10700

Introduction to Television Studio Production

2

Choose one of the following:

TVR 12200

Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis*

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis*

 2

Complete one of the following two-course sequences: 

TVR 21500

Fiction Field Production 1

4
TVR 31500 Fiction Field Production 2
  or  
TVR 22500 Television Production and Direction 4
TVR 30400 Advanced Studio Production 4
  or  
TVR 27100 Audio Production 4

TVR 37100

Advanced Audio Production 

  or  

TVR 29900

Nonfiction Production

TVR 39900

Documentary Workshop

Select 4-8 credits of additional coursework from the following (4 credits must be at level-3 or above):

TVR 21500 Fiction Field Production 1 4
TVR 22500 Television Production and Direction 4
TVR 27100 Audio Production 4
TVR 29900 Nonfiction Production 4
TVR 30400 Advanced Studio Production 4
TVR 30300 Program Development of Entertainment Media 4
 TVR 30900 Motion Graphics 
 TVR 31000 Experimental Media: Production and Criticism 
 TVR 31500 Fiction Field Production 2
 TVR 37100 Advanced Audio Production 
 TVR 39900 Documentary Workshop 
 TVR 40001-99 Topics in Media Production  1-4 
 TVR 49100 Senior Media Thesis 
 

Total, media production concentration

19-23 

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
TVR 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) 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)

3

Choose one of the following:

TVR 32400

European Mass Media* (3)

 

TVR 32500

Seminar in Development Communications* (3)

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 Senior Media Thesis 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* (3)

 

CNPH 10100

Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis* (3)

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

23-25

Supplemental requirements

12

Concentration requirements

12-23

Electives

60-73

Total, B.S. in television-radio

120

 

B.S. in Emerging Media

The emerging media degree, a partnership of the Department of Television-Radio in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Department of Computer Science in the School of Humanities and Sciences, combines coursework in new media platforms and computer programming to provide students with a unique skill set in emerging media technologies: identifying market opportunities, designing concepts, employing storytelling structures, programming and using software tools, developing sound economic models, and promoting the kinds of organizational and consumer change that make new media products successful. The mission of this program is to produce graduates who will be leaders within the evolving discipline of emerging media whether as designers and creators of media and technology or as entrepreneurs creating media products. Because new media are inherently multidisciplinary, integrating artistic creativity with computational expertise, this program takes an integrative approach to the education of our graduates -- while still maintaining a strong disciplinary focus.

Students entering through the Department of Computer Science take the media computation concentration, emphasizing computer systems design and programming. Students entering through the Department of Television-Radio take either the media design and production concentration or the media entrepreneurship concentration, emphasizing the creative design and promotion of new genres and platforms for emerging media. All students share a substantive common core, then branch out into the concentrations to develop their specialties, and finally come back together in two upper-level project courses where they will work as teams to design, develop, and pitch a new media product, such as an “app” for an iPhone, a new form of gaming or entertainment genre, or an innovative educational simulation. 

Requirements for the Major in Emerging Media -- B.S.

Students in the School of Humanities and Sciences enroll in the media computation concentration; students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications enroll in either the media design and production concentration or the media entrepreneurship concentration.

Core requirements

TVR 12400 Introduction to Media Industries 4
STCM 12300 Systems Thinking and Design 3
COMP 17100 Principles of Computer Science I 4
COMP 17200 Principles of Computer Science II 4
COMP 20200 Computation Foundations of Emerging Media 4
TVR 21400 Design of New Media: Theory, Function, and Analysis 4
TVR 32000-TVR 32099 Topics in Media Technology 4
COMP 38500 Emerging Media Project or  
TVR 38500 Emerging Media Project 4
COMP 48500 Emerging Media Capstone or  
TVR 48500 Emerging Media Capstone 4
  Total, core requirements 35

Media computation concentration

COMP 11500 Discrete Structures 4
COMP 22000 Data Structures and Algorithms 4

Select one of the following level-2 electives:

COMP 20500 Advanced Web Programming  
COMP 20700 Game Development Methods and Technologies  
COMP 22500 Human Computer Interaction  
  Total, level 2 electives
4

Select three of the following level-3 or level-4 courses:

COMP 33000 Virtual Reality  
COMP 35400 Intelligent Systems  
COMP 37500 Database Systems  
COMP 41500 Computer Graphics  
  Total, level-3 and level-4 courses 12
 

Total, concentration in media computation

24

Media design and production concentration

CNPH 10400 Story: From Cave Paintings to Emerging Media 3
TVR 10500 Introduction to Audio 2
TVR 11500 Introduction to Field Production 4
TVR 12200 Media Aesthetics and Analysis or  
CNPH 10100 Film Aesthetics and Analysis 3

Select 8-10 credits from the following (at least one course must be at level 3 or above)

COMP 20700 Game Development and Technologies 4
TVR 21500 Fiction Field Production 1 4
TVR 27100 Audio Production* 4
CNPH 32400 Advanced Cinema Production: Animation* 4
TVR 30900 Motion Graphics* 4
TVR 31000 Experimental Media: Production and Criticism* 4
STCM 30300 Serious Games* 3
STCM 37100 Websites That Work* 3
STCM 38000 E-Learning* 3
CNPH 43205 Writing for Videogames and Emerging Media* 3
TVR 40000 Special Topics in Media Production* 1-4
 

Total, concentration in media design and production

20-22

*Course has prerequisites that the student is responsible for meeting.

Media entrepreneurship concentration

TVR 26000 Quantitative Research Methods 3
TVR 21100 New Media Economics 4
TVR 22000 Global Flow of Media 3
MKTG 31200 Principles of Marketing* 3
TVR 31200 Government and Media or  
TVR 31300 Topics in Media Law and Policy 3-4
TVR 46000 Senior Seminar 3
 

Total, concentration in media entrepreneurship

19-20

*Course has prerequisites that the student is responsible for meeting.

Other requirements

Media computation concentration
  • Students are required to complete general education requirements as detailed by the School of Humanities and Sciences
Media production and design concentration and media entrepreneurship concentration
  • Students are required to complete a minor outside the Park School (in consultation with their adviser) that complements their course of study.
  • Students are required to fulfill current TV-R department general education requirements.
  • Students are required to complete 60 credit hours of coursework outside the Park School.
  • Students are encouraged to spend a semester off campus (e.g., study abroad or the IC Los Angeles Program).

All majors are required to complete 60 credits of liberal arts in order to complete the requirement of a B.S. degree.

All majors are required to maintain an overall 2.50 GPA to remain in the emerging media degree program. Students are required to earn a C- or better in all required courses in the emerging media curriculum in order for the course to be applied to the degree (not including general education or outside minor courses).

Total, credits in the major 54-59
Electives (including 16-29 liberal arts credits in
general education and minor courses)
61-66
Total, emerging media B.S. 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 office and the 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, Department Chair, and Minor Coordinator

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

Nancy Cornwell, Professor, Department Chair, and Minor 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

The minor in scriptwriting 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.