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Introduction | Bachelor of Arts in Radio-TV-Film
Minor in Radio-TV-Film | Radio-TV-film Courses
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DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Edward Fink

DEPARTMENT OFFICE
College Park 460-16

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://communications.fullerton.edu/rtvf

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Arts in Radio-TV-Film
Minor in Radio-TV-Film

FACULTY
Robert Davis, Riccardo de los Rios, Edward Fink, Jacqueline Frost, Shelley Jenkins, Tim Maloney, Gloria Monti, Philippe Perebinossoff, Jule Selbo, Larry Ward

INTRODUCTION
Mission: The Department of Radio-TV-Film at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), offers a comprehensive curriculum and active learning environment to prepare students for meaningful and rewarding careers in film and telecommunication – broadcast, cable, satellite, wireless, digital and interactive media.

Curriculum: A variety of courses in critical studies, production and writing cover many aspects of the electronic media and cinema.

People: Professionally engaged faculty and staff challenge students to expand their knowledge and skills through intellectual inquiry and creative projects, encouraging them to become critical lifelong learners and ethical media content creators.

Location: RTVF is one of three departments in the College of Communications providing access to the vibrant and media-rich Orange County and Los Angeles Basin.

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PROGRAM GOALS

    A student who earns the bachelor's degree in Radio-TV-Film:

  • Knows the foundational history of the film and electronic media industry and how that history shapes the industry’s present and future;
  • Understands the structure and function of film and electronic media in society;
  • Applies fundamental production concepts to aural and visual productions;
  • Demonstrates fundamental story concepts and writing proficiency;
  • Contributes ethically to the media industry;
  • Consumes film and electronic media critically;
  • Creates at least one project or portfolio piece, such as a script, production or thesis;
  • Experiences a meaningful internship with exposure to the real workings of the radio, television and/or film industry.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RADIO-TV-FILM
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-TV-Film requires a minimum of 120 units, including courses for the major, General Education, all University requirements and free electives. The 48-unit major includes three required core courses in RTVF, one RTVF production course, eight elective courses in RTVF, and four collateral courses either within RTVF or from an approved list of courses in other departments.

Required Core Courses (9 units)
RTVF 100 Intro to Radio-TV-Film (3)
RTVF 350 Story Structure (3)*
RTVF 495 Internship in RTVF (3)

RTVF Production Course (3 units)
RTVF 220 TV Studio Production (3)
    OR RTVF 225 Field Video Production (3)

RTVF Electives (24 units minimum)
Students choose eight courses from the RTVF elective list. Additional electives may be added after this catalog is printed. Please check with the department office.
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* Meets upper-division writing requirement for Radio-TV-Film majors.

Collateral Electives (12 units)
Collateral electives may be chosen from RTVF courses or courses from other departments. An approved list of courses from other departments is available in the department office and can also be accessed on the department website.

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MINOR IN RADIO-TV-FILM

The minor in Radio-TV-Film requires 21 units.

RTVF Core Courses (6 units)
RTVF 100 Intro to Radio-TV-Film (3)
RTVF 350 Story Structure (3)

RTVF Production Course (3 units)
RTVF 220 TV Studio Production (3)
    OR RTVF 225 Field Video Production (3)

RTVF Electives (12 units)
Students choose four courses from the RTVF elective list. Additional electives may be added after this catalog is printed. Please check with the department office.

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RADIO-TV-FILM COURSES
Courses are designated as RTVF in the class schedule.

RTVF 100    Introduction to Radio-TV-Film

Description: Overview of the history, structure and function of the radio, TV and film industry. Includes current issues, relevance to society, employment options and other topics.
Units: (3)

RTVF 210    Introduction to Audio Production

Description: Foundational theory and practice of audio production as it pertains to radio, TV and film. Covers broadcasting, recording, editing and mixing. Emphasizes aesthetics and techniques to ensure high quality sound. Uses a digital lab. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 220    TV Studio Production

Description: Introduction to multiple-camera, live-on-tape, studio production. Theory and practice of producing programs live. Students crew all positions, including writer, producer, director, assistant director, lighting director, floor manager, camera operator, video switcher, audio engineer, video engineer, recording engineer and graphics operator. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 225    Field Video Production

Description: Introduction to single-camera, field video production. Theory and practice of producing projects on location. Preproduction, production and post-production using digital cameras and nonlinear editing. Students crew productions, including writer, producer, director, videographer, sound recorder and editor. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 250    Writing Short Scripts

Description: Prerequisite:English 101. Techniques for writing short-form scripts for film and video. Analysis of short films in relation to scriptwriting concepts. Development and critique of student-written short scripts.
Units: (3)

RTVF 271    American Film 1: Beginnings – 1945

Description: History of American film and film style from the beginnings to 1945. Relation to socio-historical, economic, political, cultural, artistic, and technological contexts.
Units: (3)

RTVF 272    American Film 2: 1945 to Present

Description: History of American film and film style from the post-war period to modern times. Relation to socio-historical, economic, political, cultural, artistic, and technological contexts.
Units: (3)

RTVF 300    Language of Film

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category I.C. Visual and syntactic components of the motion picture. Detailed analysis of frame, line, space, shape, image size, movement, tone, color and structuring of visual images.
Units: (3)

RTVF 310    Advanced Audio Production

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 210. Advanced audio projects for radio, TV, film and the internet, including digital storage and distribution. Students complete the audio production process, from pre- through postproduction, applying aesthetic concepts and hands-on skills. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 315    Live Radio Production

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category I.A. Concepts and techniques of live radio production. Produce weekly, two-hour, live radio talk shows with segments.
Units: (3)

RTVF 330    Film Production 1

Description: Prerequisites: RTVF 225 and 300.  Introduction to theory and practice of motion picture photography and film production. Students create short projects, shooting film and editing digitally. Additional cost for film development and digital transfer. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 350    Story Structure

Description: Prerequisites: English 101 and junior standing. Analysis and development of script structure and viable, narrative story elements. Covers acts, scenes, premises, conflict, plots, characters, action, and so on. Students write critical analyses of professional scripts and author their own treatments. Meets upper-division writing requirement for RTVF majors.
Units: (3)

RTVF 351    TV Scriptwriting: Sitcom

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 350. Theory, principles and practice of writing for situation comedies. Students analyze scripts, study program episodes and develop and write an original story and spec script for a current half-hour, prime-time sitcom. Meets upper-division writing requirement for RTVF majors.
Units: (3)

RTVF 352    TV Scriptwriting: Drama

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 350. Theory, principles and practice of writing for episodic television dramas. Students analyze scripts, study program episodes and develop and write an original story and spec script for a current one-hour, prime-time TV drama. Meets upper-division writing requirement for RTVF majors.
Units: (3)

RTVF 360    Radio and TV Programming

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 100 or Comm 233. Purposes, philosophies and methods of obtaining, developing, launching, scheduling and evaluating programming for electronic media. Covers commercial radio and TV networks and stations, cable TV, public radio and TV, direct broadcast satellite and the internet.
Units: (3)

RTVF 365    Children’s TV

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.C.1. Research and literature on effects of television on children. Examines historical and contemporary aspects of children’s TV issues, including advertising, violence, stereotyping and education. Analyzes how children’s TV producers use concepts related to children to design material for them.
Units: (3)

RTVF 370    World Cinema

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.B.1. or III.B.2. Global influence of motion pictures. Examines various directors, film movements, national cinemas and the increasing internationalization of the world film industry.
Units: (3)

RTVF 371    Contemporary American Film

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.B.1. or III.B.2. Recent American films as indicators of societal, cultural, and artistic trends. Examines cinema in light of current theories of postmodernism and formal categories of film production.
Units: (3)

RTVF 375    Documentary Film & TV

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.B.1. or III.B.2. Documentary form in film and television. Includes development, purpose and current trends. Examines requirements to write and produce non-fiction films for the mass media, business, education and government.
Units: (3)

RTVF 381    Regulation and Censorship

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 100 or Comm 233. Function of law, policy, and standards in radio, TV, and film. Key regulations, including roles of commissions, courts, and Amendments. Key censorship practices, including language, sex, and violence.
Units: (3)

RTVF 385    Radio Station Operations

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category I.A. Concepts and practices of radio station operations, including programming, sales, promotion, traffic, billing, production, news, research and engineering. Allows for in-depth work in several areas.
Units: (3)

RTVF 410    Sound Design for Film-TV

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 225. Acquiring, recording, editing, and mixing sound for film and TV. Special emphasis on creative aspects of sound design. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 425    Advanced Video Production

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 225. Advanced theory and practice of video production. Includes advanced shooting and editing techniques. Students produce projects that may be distributed and/or entered in competitions. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 427    Documentary Production

Description: Prerequisites: RTVF 375 and 225. Preproduction, production, and postproduction of documentary film or video. Documentary concepts and hands-on skills. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 430    Film Production 2

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 330. Preproduction, shooting and rough editing of a large-crew, sync-sound film. Includes planning, scouting, breakdown, budgeting, scheduling, casting, rehearsing, shooting and preliminary editing. Additional cost for film development and digital transfer. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 431    Cinematography

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 330. Cinematographic techniques for film and video. Analysis of cinematographic styles, including qualities of camera movement, lenses and lighting as expressive tools. Hands-on experience shooting scenes with film and video cameras, lighting and grip equipment. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 434    Digital Effects for Film-TV

Description: Prerequisites: RTVF 225. Designing motion graphics and visual effects for film and TV. Previsualizing, titling, matting, rotoscoping and compositing using industry-standard software. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 435    Directing Film & TV

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 225. Directing for narrative film and television, including breakdowns and use of the camera as an expressive tool. Students direct, shoot and edit short scenes. (2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory)
Units: (3)

RTVF 455    Screenwriting

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 350. Theory, principles and practice of writing feature films. Students analyze scripts and study films. They apply concepts from RTVF 350 and advanced concepts to develop full-length screenplays. Meets upper-division writing requirement for RTVF majors.
Units: (3)

RTVF 472    Contemporary Asian Cinema

Description: Prerequisites: completion of General Education Category III.B.1 or III.B.2. Artistic developments in recent East and Southeast Asian cinema. Theoretical analysis and critique of directors, styles, techniques, genres, and production elements.
Units: (3)

RTVF 480    Management in RTVF

Description: Prerequisite: RTVF 100 or Comm 233. Management structure and issues in the RTVF industry. Includes audience measurement, distribution, finance, personnel, programming, regulation and sales. May include applied experience with college media activities.
Units: (3)

RTVF 495    Internship in Radio-TV-Film

Description: Prerequisites: RTVF 100, 350, and either 220 or 225. Supervised fieldwork at a radio, TV or film organization. Skill development and understanding of industry operation through hands-on experience and networking. Must submit an application one semester prior to taking through the RTVF Internship Office.
Units: (3)

RTVF 496    Student-to-Student Tutorial

Description: Prerequisites: 3.0+ GPA, senior standing, written approval from instructor and department chair. The student-to-student tutorial encourages students to learn through teaching. Work may include contact hours with tutees, tutorial preparations, consulting with instructors, reporting-analysis-evaluation of tutorial experiences, participation in university programs for tutors. Does not count toward major or minor units. Grade or Credit/No Credit.
Units: (1-3)

RTVF 499     Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: 3.0+ GPA, senior standing, written approval from instructor and department chair. The Independent Study shall be of a research or creative nature and shall culminate in a paper, project, comprehensive exam and/or performance. The student shall prepare a proposal including a statement of the basis for the final evaluation.
Units: (1-3)

 

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