Television, Film and New Media Production

The B.S. in Television, Film, and New Media Production (TFM) is designed to prepare students in the moving image arts for a variety of careers in television, film, and new media production, as well as media distribution, and management in a rapidly evolving technological environment. The program focuses on the skills needed by producers, directors, cinematographers, videographers, sound and lighting designers, editors, animators, art directors, and writers in both fiction and non fiction storytelling.

Program Overview

This is an exciting time to be a media student at SDSU. The department combines film, television and digital technologies and provides industry and festival screenings, and regional/national television exposure for outstanding student productions. Production courses (studio and field location) require students to produce both fiction and non fiction works and serve as crew on the projects of peers. There is interaction with students in the Theatre, Music, Art, and Dance Departments resulting in a community of artists whose disciplines reinforce each other. In short, the TFM curriculum is strongly production oriented, professional in outlook and expectation, highly competitive, and grounded in the theory and history of mass media.

Special Features

Facilities: a color television studio with production capabilities, audio production facilities, a full range of film and video equipment, editing bays, scene shop, and more.

The Production Center for Documentary and Drama, founded by Filmmaker in Residence, Jack Ofield, provides extensive, practical experience for senior and graduate students in original narrative and public service documentaries. Through the Center, students not only gain substantial professional credits (such as director, writer, editor, director of photography, etc.), but gain worldwide broadcast exposure. The Production Center projects have won numerous festival and industry awards.

Access to the multi-media interactive fine arts technology laboratory.

Work Experience. Internship programs place students in television stations and companies, film production companies, non-profit and private sector companies, and educational and cultural organizations to gain practical work experience linked to classroom training.

The KPBS radio and television stations are owned by SDSU and are affiliates of the PBS network. Internships are available at the stations.

Career Opportunities

The B.S. degree in Television, Film and New Media Production is designed to prepare students for a full range of media careers, such as producer, director, writer, art director, editor, production manager, line producer, lighting and sound design, director of photography, production assistant, graphic designer, and other roles.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the School of Theatre, Television, and Film and the Television, Film and New Media Production program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.