The master of arts degree in telecommunication and film focuses on the media (television, film, and digital/online platforms) as informative, influential and meaning-producing forms. The program emphasizes the study of these media in terms of law and policy, technological systems, economic and industrial infrastructures, news and public affairs, management leadership, individual and societal effects, history, aesthetics, and cultural studies.
The program is not a master of fine arts degree. It offers no graduate-level courses in television/film production, news announcing, sports production, or similar hands-on activities.
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The principal goals of the program are to develop students’ analytical and interpretive skills through thoughtful and informed consideration of the possibilities, limitations, and responsibilities of the media. Our students study television, film, the Internet, video games and other digital media systems.
The program culminates in a Master’s thesis or a research project specific to an area such as:
- law and policy,
- programming and economic analysis,
- news analysis,
- audiences and social implications,
- media effects,
- cultural studies,
- cinema and television critical studies, or
- another emphasis when the student can combine particular interests with those of appropriate faculty members.
A specific course of study is selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and with the approval of the student’s program committee.
Plan I: Thesis Option
Students choosing to write a Master’s thesis must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits, including six credits for thesis research and courses stipulated by the student’s program committee. At least 18 of these credits must be in TCF courses.
- The thesis should evidence capability for research, originality of thought, facility in organizing materials, and lucid writing.
- The subject of the thesis must be approved by the student’s program committee. The student should select a topic during his or her second semester.
- The thesis must follow an approved style manual, such as The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- The thesis must be prepared in accordance with the Graduate School’s Student Guide to Preparing Electronic Theses and Dissertations.
- An oral defense of the completed thesis, conducted by the student’s thesis committee, is required.
- At least six weeks before graduation, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Graduate School.
Plan II: Nonthesis Options:
Students who choose Plan II must successfully complete the courses stipulated by the student’s program committee.