Bachelor of Science in Television-Radio

Peter Johanns, Associate Professor and Program Director

 

The bachelor of science in television-radio is a four-year curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in media communications, including radio and television broadcasting and other communication-related professions. Majors in the television-radio degree must elect one of six concentrations before registration for the first semester of their sophomore year. Transfer credits 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. Changes to this program since the 2012-2013 catalog are pending New York State Education Department approval.

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 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.

 

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.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Major 2013-2014

  Credit Hours 
 Departmental Requirements 25-28
 Supplemental Requirement

3

 Concentration Requirements  12-23
     Media Production  23 
     Audio Production 22-24
     Scriptwriting 15
     International Communications 18 
     Documentary Production 22 
     Directed Studies 12 
 Electives 66-80
 TOTAL CREDITS 120

(Total credits to include 60 liberal arts credits and 
60  credits outside the Roy H. Park School of Communications)

Departmental Requirements

 Departmental requirements (for every concentration) Credit Hours 
 GCOM 13000 S’Park!: Igniting Your Future in Communications (F) 1
 TVR 11500    Introduction to Field Production (F-S) 4
 TVR 12400    Introduction to Media Industries* (F-S) (ICC-CLA)  4 
 TVR 46000    Senior Seminar* (F-S) (Offered in Los Angeles)  3 
 GCOM 43000 Connecting the Dots: General Education Integration (F-S) (ICC-CP)
 Choose one of the following:  
    TVR 13100    Media Writing* (F-S) +  
    TVR 13400    Developing Story Narratives* (F-S) +
 Choose one of the following:  
    TVR 25100    Critical Thinking and Mass Communication* (F-S) (3) (ICC-CLA)  
    TVR 26300    Mass Media Research Methods* (F-S) (4) (ICC-CLA & QL) 3-4 
 Choose one of the following:  
    TVR 31200    Government and Media* (F-S) (Offered in Los Angeles) (3) (ICC-CLA)  
    TVR 31301-99 Topics in Media Law and Policy* (IRR) (4) (ICC-CLA)  3-4
 Choose one of the following:  
    TVR 32200    New Telecommunications Technologies (F-S) (3) (ICC-CLA)  
    TVR 32001-99 Topics in Media Technology (IRR)  (4) (ICC-CLA) 3-4 
 Total Departmental Requirements 25-28 

* Denotes a liberal arts course.

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (IRR) course offered irregularly

 

ICC-CLA indicates a course that fulfills the complementary liberal arts requirement of the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC); ICC-CP is a course that fulfills the ICC capstone requirement; ICC-QL course fulfills the ICC quantitative literacy requirement.

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

 

Supplemental Requirement

 Supplemental requirement (for every concentration) Credit Hour 
 Business or Economics course  3 
 Total Supplemental Requirement

 

Concentration Requirements

Television-Radio majors are required to declare one concentration (only one may be declared); the concentration MUST be declared by the end of the sophomore year.

Media Production Concentration

  Credit Hours 
 TVR 10500    Introduction to Audio (F-S)  2 
 TVR 10700    Introduction to Television Studio Production (F-S) 2
 Choose one course of the following:  
 TVR 12200    Media Aesthetics & Analysis*  (F-S)  
 CNPH 10100  Introduction to Film Aesthetics & Analysis* (F)  3
 Complete one of the following two-course sequences (all courses are 4 credits):  
    TVR 21500    Fiction Field Production 1 (F-S)
 
    TVR 31500    Fiction Field Production 2 (Y)
8
    TVR 22500    Television Production & Direction  (F-S)
 
    TVR 30400    Advanced Studio Production (F-S)
    TVR 27100    Audio Production (F-S)
 
    TVR 37100    Advanced Audio Production (F)
8
    TVR 29900    Nonfiction Production (Y)
 
    TVR 49600    Documentary Workshop (Y)
 Select 8 credits of additional coursework from the following (4 credits must be at the 300 level or above):  
    TVR 21500    Fiction Field Production 1 (F-S) (4)
 
    TVR 22500    Television Production and Direction (F-S) (4)
 
    TVR 27100    Audio Production (F-S) (4)
 
    TVR 29900    Nonfiction Production (Y) (4)
 
    TVR 30400    Advanced Studio Production (F-S) (4)
 
    TVR 30900    Motion Graphics and Animation (Y) (4)
 
    TVR 31000    Experimental Media: Production and Criticism (Y) (4)
 
    TVR 31500    Fiction Field Production 2 (Y) (4)
 
    TVR 32700    Program Development for Entertainment Media (Y) (4)
 
    TVR 37100    Advanced Audio Production (Y) (4)  
    TVR 40001-99 Topics in Media Production (Y) (1-4)  
    TVR 47100    Audio Workshop (S) (4)
 
    TVR 49600    Documentary Workshop (Y) (4)  
    TVR 49100    Senior Media Thesis (F-S) (4)  8 
 Total Media Production Concentration 23 

* Denotes a liberal arts course

 

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (IRR) course offered irregularly.

 

Audio Production Concentration

  Credit Hours 
 PHYS 16000   Physics of Sound*  (Y)
 MUNM 25100  Music and the Media* (F)
 TVR 27100     Audio Production (F-S) (NOTE: TVR 10500 is a prerequisite)
 TVR 37100     Advance Audio Production (F)
 TVR 47100     Audio Workshop (S)
 Choose two of the following:  

    THPA 30600   Sound Technology* (F-Y)  (3)

 
    THPA 30700   Sound Design* (S) (3)  
    MUMC 14500  Introduction to Electroacoustic Music* (F-S)  (2)  
    MUMC 24800  Digital Sound Production* (S) (2)  
    MUMC 24900  Techniques and Analysis of Electroacoustic Music Composition*
 
(IRR) (2)
 
    MUMC 25000   Digital Recording and Editing* (S) (2)  
    MUMC 34800   Advance Microphone Techniques (F) (2)  
    MUMC 34900   Advance Recording Techniques (S) (2) 4-6 
 Total Audio Production Concentration  22-24

* Denotes a liberal arts course

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (IRR) course offered irregularly

Scriptwriting Concentration

  Credit Hours 
 TVR 13400    Developing Story Narratives* (F-S) + 3
 CNPH 23300  Screenwriting (F-S) 3
 TVR 33300    Writing for Series Television (F-S) (Offered in Los Angeles)  3 
 TVR 43100    Advanced Writing for Television (S)
 Choose one of the following:  

    TVR 12200    Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis* (F-S)

 
    CNPH 10100  Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis* (F)  3 
 Total Scriptwriting Concentration  15

* Denotes a liberal arts course

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (IRR) course offered irregularly.

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

International Communications Concentration

 

Credit 
Hour 

 TVR 22000   Global Flow of Information* (F)
 TVR 46200   Seminar in Geomedia* (Y)
 Two additional electives outside the Park School ++
 Choose one of the following:  
    POLT 12900  Introduction to Global Studies* (Politics) (F-S)  
    ANTH 12900 Introduction to Global Studies* (Anthropology)  (F-S)
 Choose one of the following:  
    TVR 32400    European Mass Media*  (Y)  
    TVR 32500    Seminar in Development Communications* (Y)  3 
 Total International Communications Concentration 18

* Denotes a liberal arts course

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (IRR) course offered irregularly.

++ Elective courses must be from the list of international course options available from the coordinator of the international communications concentration and minor.

Documentary Production Concentration

  Credit Hours 
 TVR 11500    Introduction to Field Production (F-S)  4 
 TVR 13400    Developing Story Narratives* (F-S) +  3 
 TVR 29900    Nonfiction Production            (Y)
 TVR 49100    Senior Media Thesis (F-S)
 TVR 49600    Documentary Workshop* (Y)
 Choose one of the following:  
    TVR 12200    Media Aesthetics and Analysis* (F-S) (3)  
    CNPH 10100  Introduction Film Aesthetics and Analysis* (F) (3)  3 
 Total Documentary Production Concentration 22 

* Denotes a liberal arts course

(F) course offered Fall semester only; (S) course offered Spring semester only; (F-S) course offered both Fall and Spring semesters; (IRR) course offered irregularly

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

Directed Studies Concentration

  Credit Hours 
 Selected communications courses 12
 Total Directed Studies Concentration 12 

Directed Studies is a plan of study that differs from other concentrations by at least two courses together with a rationale that must be developed by the student in consultation with his or her adviser and approved by the program director of the television-radio degree.

Integrated Core Curriculum Requirements

All students at Ithaca College must complete the Integrative Core Curriculum listed below (full details are available at the Integrative-Core-Curriculum):



 Themes and Perspectives  
     Ithaca Seminar (ICSM 1xxxx)  4 credits* 
     Creative Arts (CA) course  3 credits
     Humanities (HM) course  3 credits
     Natural Sciences (SC)  3 credits
     Social Sciences (SO)  3 credits
Complementary Liberal Arts (CLA)   12 credits

(Fulfilled with core requirements TVR 12400, TVR 31200 or TVR 31301-99, TVR 32200 or TVR 32001-99, TVR 25100 or TVR 26300 for majors in the B.S. in Television-Radio) 

WRTG 10600   3 credits**
Writing Intensive (WI) course   3 credits***
Diversity (DV) course   3 credits
Quantitative Literacy (QL) course   3 credits****
ICC Capstone (CP) 0-3 credits   1 credit for Park School degrees (fulfilled by GCOM 43000)
Total Integrative Core Curriculum   31-41 credits

* Incoming freshmen will register for an Ithaca Seminar their first (fall) semester at Ithaca College.  Transfer students will register for a seminar (ICSM 20500) designed specifically for transfer students to fulfill this requirement.

** You may also receive credit for completing this requirement by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP examination in English Literature & Composition or English Language & Composition.  The following Ithaca Seminars also fulfill this requirement:  ICSM 10800 or ICSM 11800.

*** You must fulfill the First-Year Composition requirement before enrolling in a Writing Intensive course. Park School courses that fulfill the WI requirement are JOUR 21100 Visual Journalism, and STCM 33200 Writing for Public Relations. 

**** Mathematics Competency
After you decide to attend Ithaca College, you will complete an online assessment of the mathematical skills necessary to succeed in courses with a Quantitative Literacy (QL) designation. If you do not pass the assessment, you’ll be required to complete a mathematics course designed to prepare you for Quantitative Literacy courses before you can complete your Quantitative Literacy requirement. Park School courses that fulfill the QL requirement are JOUR 48400 Mass Media Research, STCM 28800 Research and Statistics for Strategic Communications, and TVR 26300 Mass Media Research Methods.

 

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