Welcome to the Television-Radio Program

Television and radio are everywhere in our culture.  In our homes and cars, on our computers, tablets and phones. With the rise of mobile and social media more people are watching TV and listening to the radio than ever before! That means more people are needed to create, manage and distribute television and radio in this always changing media world.

With over 500 majors, students come to the Television-Radio program from all over the country and the world to study and learn about the television and radio industry. As one of the longest running programs in the country, we've been teaching students all about television and radio for over 50 years!  

The Television Radio degree (TVR) will provide you with a unique educational experience to prepare you for a wide variety of careers. If you dream of becoming a director at NBC, editing a reality TV show for TLC, covering sports at ESPN, writing TV scripts for Comedy Central, producing a series for HBO, directing a documentary for PBS, launching the next emerging media venture like Vudu – either here or around the world – the TVR degree can help make it a reality for you.

From the moment you arrive on campus, you'll get hands-on training using professional quality equipment in our state-of-the-art facilities, acquiring the skills that will help get you a job after college. You'll also receive the life-long learning and knowledge to become the next generation of leaders in the world of television and radio. 

The TVR degree is a professional program in a liberal arts environment. We offer a unique balance of hands-on experiences and theoretical learning. During your first year you will start shooting projects with our HD cameras and edit them using AVID digital editing, the software used by most professionals. You will also be taking classes to learn how television and radio operate within our culture and its global impact. 

As part of the TVR degree you will be able to choose an area of concentration so you can tailor your education to your specific interests. We offer 5 concentrations: Media Production, Audio Production, Documentary Production, Scriptwriting and International Communications. Requirements for each concentration can be found under the Degree Requirements tab on the left. 

The TVR degree gives you a well-rounded experience regardless of your area of concentration.  You will be taking classes in media writing, research, new technologies and government regulation. Also, as part of your degree requirements, half of your courses will come from outside of the Park School of Communications so you will learn about the world and connect it to your studies in Television-Radio. There are many minors offered across campus so you can focus on one or more areas of study. 

You can also become actively involved in one of the Park School's student media outlets from the moment you arrive on campus. Our student media are among the best in the country and win award after award after award! Be sure to take the time and check them out. These are great opportunities to build on your education whether it is at the campus television network, our two radio stations, the weekly newspaper or on-line magazine. The Park School's student media are run as professional organizations so you will gain experience, learn to deal with on-the-job challenges, and build your portfolio....all skills important to land that job after you graduate.

  

Getting your foot in the door is one of the first steps to a great career. At the Park School of Communications we help you do that during your first year. We have a full-time Professional Development Coordinator who assists students in finding internships in a variety of media outlets. You can also participate in our Los Angeles and New York City programs by taking classes at our Ithaca College centers in these cities while completing internships, all designed so you can graduate on time. Many of our students do multiple internships while at Ithaca College. You get academic credit, on-the-job experience and establish valuable networking connections.  

 

TVR alum work in every aspect of the media. TVR students become producers, directors, managers, on-air performers, technicians, academics and artists. When you turn on the TV, listen to the radio or click on a video, it’s a good bet a TVR alum had something to do with it.  They work at places like ABC, ESPN, Bunim/Murray Productions (MTV’s The Real World), Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, SiriusXM Radio, NBC News, SONY Pictures, NFL Network CNN, Funny or Die, Discovery Channel, E! Entertainment, Hulu…. and the list goes on!

 

There are thousands upon thousands of "Parkies" out there and they are loyal to their school. Many alum are willing to help give you advice, be a mentor, assist in landing an internship and can even help you get a job after you graduate. When it says Park on your resume it speaks volumes to potential employers. It's both WHAT you know and WHO you know that leads to success. 

 

You’ll be hard pressed to find a similar degree that will prepare you for that first job after college and give you the learning skills to build a rewarding career. That’s why the TVR degree is the most popular program at Ithaca College.

 

For more information contact Peter Johanns, Program Director, Television-Radio Program. pjohanns@ithaca.edu  607.274.3911 

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