MS in Television

The MS in Television curriculum is designed to give students the tools they need to seek professional careers in TV producing, management, writing, programming, and teaching. The program stresses that the producer is the creative driving force behind all television production, and that he or she must have a mastery of basic technical skills as well as a developed aesthetic sensibility. The producer must also be intellectually agile and have the ability and foresight to adapt to structural changes in a fast-moving industry. Management skills, essential in the successful completion of each production, are also essential to the economic welfare of the industry. Writing, the ability to tell a powerful story, remains the foundation for all TV and integrated media. Understanding new distribution technologies, including broadband and mobile devices, plays an increasing role as well.

The curriculum includes courses in producing, management, writing for television series and pilots, as well as electives in a wide range of television-related fields. In addition to electives, students have some choices in the courses they are required to take during their three semesters. These choices should reflect the direction they plan to follow when they leave the College and should support their ideas for their thesis projects. All students must give thought to these choices before registering for their first semester.

Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits to receive the degree.

Curriculum (Producing/Management Concentration)

First Semester

  • COM FT 701 Media in Evolution
  • COM FT 727 Creative Producing I
  • Choose two from the following:
    • COM FT 707 Production
    • COM FT 518 Media Money Trail
    • COM FT 507 Studio Production*
    • COM FT 522 Writing Situation Comedy**
    • COM FT 512 Episodic Drama**
    • COM FT 808/508 Line Producing

Second Semester

  • COM FT 517 Television Management
  • COM FT 525 Creative Producing II
  • Choose two from the following:
    • COM FT 505 Television Production Hothouse*
    • COM FT 565 Motion Picture Editing*
    • COM FT 808 Line Producing
    • COM FT 507 Studio Production*
    • COM FT 5xx TV Studies Seminar
    • COM FT 503 From TV to Tablets
    • COM FT 512 Episodic Drama**
    • COM FT 573 BUTV
    • COM FT 703/FT 554 Media Business Entrepreneurship

Third Semester

  • COM FT 825 Thesis Project
  • COM FT 953 Internship
  • Choose two electives* or BU in LA classes
    • FT 566 Biz of Hollywood
    • FT 585 Careers in Hollywood

Curriculum (Producing/Writing Concentration)

First Semester

  • COM FT 522 Writing Situation Comedy or COM FT 512 Writing Episodic Drama
  • COM FT 727 Creative Producing I
  • Choose two from the following:
    • COM FT 707 Production
    • COM FT 520 TV Theory and Criticism
    • COM FT 554 Media Money Trail
    • COM FT 520 Beyond Netflix
    • COM FT 554 NBC: Anatomy of a Network

Second Semester

  • COM FT 514 Writing the TV Pilot
  • COM FT 525 Creative Producing II
  • Choose two from the following:
    • COM FT 505 Television Production Hothouse*
    • COM FT 512 Writing Episodic Drama
    • COM FT 5xx TV Studies Seminar
    • COM FT 552 TV to Tablets: Special Topics
    • COM FT 565 Motion Picture Editing*
    • COM FT 808 Line Producing
    • COM FT 516 Writing the Sitcom Pilot

Third Semester

  • COM FT 825 Thesis Project
  • COM FT 953 Internship
  • Choose two electives* or BU in LA classes
  • COM FT 512 Episodic Drama**
  • COM FT 522 Writing Situation Comedy**
  • COM FT 701 Media in Evolution
  • COM FT 507 Studio Production

*FT 707 Production is a prerequisite for this course.

**Students from both streams must pass a writing test as part of the application and as part of the first day’s writing class.

***Regarding electives: Students may petition to take other courses offered in the College of Communication or other colleges at the University.