»B.F.A. in Television Writing and Production

Are you ready for prime time?

Want to make TV shows like The Walking Dead and Modern Family?  Are you a fan of Game of Thrones or House of Cards?  Do you want to write or direct the next great breakout show for HBO or Netflix?

You can do any and all of these things as a Television Writing and Production major.  You will learn how to develop characters, write dialogue, create a series “bible” and develop the on-going storylines that drive episodic television. You will also learn about casting, directing, working with actors, and producing as well as lighting, shooting, editing, capturing sound and creating sound effects.

Using our 4-camera, state-of-the-art high definition television studio, industry-standard technology like the Avid editing system, state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras such as the Red One and Sony F65, our students create and produce half-hour comedy and drama pilots shot over Interterm and Web series produced in our Byte-Sized Television classes.

Our students work has won national recognition. Three years in a row (2009, Kate So Far; 2010, Rising Above; 2011, Coyotes), the Interterm TV pilots have been recognized as finalists in the New York Television Festival, a competition open not only to students but to independent professionals.  Work by Dodge College TV students has also won notice in festivals and other contests, including:

Higher Education screened at the Independent Television and Film Festival in Hollywood (Aug. 2011)

Two Close won Best Television Pilot Award from the Caucus for Producers, Directors, and Writers (Dec, 2012)

Called To Serve won Outstanding Drama 2013 ITV Festival and Best TV Drama at the Independent Television & Film Festival in Dover & Wilmington, Vermont (Sept. 2013)

+-You'll Study

Along with a broad liberal arts education, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of production, including single and multi-camera shooting and directing, cinematography, editing and sound
  • How to write for episodic programs
  • The financial and social/cultural aspects of television
  • How to work in a studio environment as well as on location
  • How to create interesting characters and develop multi-part stories
  • How to produce and direct for television and how to work with actors

+-Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate strong writing and storytelling skills that are appropriate to professional expectations in television writing and production.

  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze current TV market conditions and business models and then evaluate the marketability and viability of their skills and creative work within that market.

  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology and other craft areas – cinematography, videography, sound, editing – to enhance story as it grows from the written word (script) to a finished, visual story.

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to work in a professional, collaborative environment appropriate to television writing and production.

+-Degree Requirements

B.F.A. in Television & Broadcast Journalism Degree Requirements

Core requirements (48 credits)

TWP 114/114L

Introduction to Television Production: Studio Lab

FP 115

Editing I

NWD 116

Introduction to Television Production: Location

FTV 130

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

FP 133

Audio Techniques

FP 201

Actor-Director Workshop

SW 227

Screenwriting Fundamentals

TWP 232

Electronic Cinematography

TWP 240

The Business of Television

TWP 246

History of Television

TWP 265

Prime Time: The Game of Television

TWP 313

Byte-Sized Television I

TWP 320/320L

Narrative Television Workshop/Lab Narrative Television Workshop

TWP 328

Seminar in Television Writing
Production and Set Management
TWP 413
Byte-Sized Television II

Capstone requirements (3 credits)

TWP 362

Prime Time Production: Writing the Dramatic Series

TWP 363/363L

Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series/Lab Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series

Electives (6 credits)

FP 315

Editing II

FP 333

Audio Design

FP 336

Production Design I

FP 337

Cinematography II

TWP 362

Prime Time Production: Writing the Dramatic Series

FTV 363/363L

Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series/Lab Prime Time Production: Shooting the Dramatic Series

TWP 364

Prime Time Production: Editing the Dramatic Series

FTV 490

Independent Internship

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