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Master’s Program in Television

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Our Alumni

  • Andy Cohen, Senior VP of Production & Programming at Bravo
  • Debbie Liebling, President of Television, Red Hour Productions
  • Sabrina Wind, Executive Producer, “Desperate Housewives”
  • Ted Harbert, President & CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group
  • Bonnie Hammer, President of NBC Universal Cable

The television industry is in perpetual motion. Years ago, naysayers said that TV was on the way out. And today? Television has become even more vibrant and dynamic than ever. Viewers are watching series on their iPads and iPhones. Binge watching on Netflix has become the new normal. Even TV commercials have evolved to become as much entertainment as sales. So yes, the medium has changed, and yes, how viewers watch TV has shifted, but one thing remains the same: television is still the medium that binds us to one another. It is the common language that affects all of American society.

The Master of Science Degree in Television provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete successfully in this ever-changing world of telecommunications. The television program recognizes that to enjoy productive and rewarding careers in this world, graduates must be able to meet the challenge of cultural, economic, and technological change. The curriculum is designed to give students the tools they need to seek professional careers in producing, management, writing for television series, programming, marketing, and teaching.

Two Tracks.  One Industry.

The two tracks of our master’s program in television aim to parallel the entertainment industry at large. Whether you seek to create/write a television series or manage/produce a series, many skills are shared between the two groups. As such, students in the television program share some foundational course work before deepening their skills in a particular concentration. Common courses include TV to Tablets, Media Money Trail, and Creative Producing.

Producting/Writing

The Producing/Writing concentration provides an enhanced opportunity for talented young writers to improve their craft. Students can focus on the finer points of writing, and will work with professors to create noteworthy projects. We want to give students the opportunity to become tomorrow’s award-winning showrunners: one of the creative driving forces in the industry. Courses such as Writing the Situation Comedy, Writing the TV Pilot, Writing Episodic Drama, and TV Theory and Criticism aim to give you a finer understanding of the television industry.

Producing/Management

The Producing/Management concentration prepares students for equally important roles in the television industry: management. Students will work alongside our award-wining producing faculty to become the next generation of entertainment managers and leaders. Of particular note is the ability for a producer to understand how television has changed – and will continue to evolve – in this transmedia world. Courses specific to the management concentration include Media in Evolution, Studio Production, and Television Management.

Launch Your Career and Apply Now.

Our program begins in September, and we admit students for both a February 1 and May 1 deadline. Check out the curriculum of our two-track program and discover your next career move.

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Gregg Fienberg, legendary creative producer for television (Twin Peaks) and movies (Gods and Monsters), visited Boston University for a lecture on October 21, 2010. Fienberg now serves as executive producer of the hit HBO series, True Blood.

Questions?

For information regarding this program contact Professor Garland Waller at garwal@bu.edu.