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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)


Television and Film Arts

Bachelor of Arts (HEGIS: 0603)

Bishop Hall 210 (716) 878-3180

The Television and Film Arts major (TFA) at Buffalo State—an interdepartmental program encompassing the Communication, English, and Theater departments—prepares students for a variety of careers in the entertainment industry. The goal of the major is to teach the TFA student to hone his/her vision and storytelling skills, thus facilitating pursuits in such dynamic fields as screenwriting, producing, and directing.

The TFA program recognizes that creative content is paramount in today’s age of multi-media and to that end, encourages its students to tell stories across all media. The program is dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship, cultural enrichment, and service, providing TFA majors with an appropriate mix of criticism, theory, practical application, and real-life internship opportunities passionately designed to help them succeed.

Required TFA Courses: This series of eight courses provides students with the foundational skills needed for success in the TFA major. The lower-division courses emphasize the history of storytelling, writing fundamentals, film as a vehicle for literature, and basic television production. The upper-division courses emphasize film criticism; collaboration across production roles; working independently as an "auteur"; and writing, producing, directing, and editing professionally produced stories exhibited in a public forum.

In addition to required courses, TFA offers electives related to two professional tracks: (1) writing and storytelling, and (2) directing and producing. Students may take all their major electives from a single track, or they can blend courses from both tracks.

Writing and Storytelling Track: This track is designed for the TFA major who wishes to pursue a career as a screenwriter. Students will write a full-length feature screenplay, and immerse themselves in the history of motion pictures and theater.

Directing and Producing Track: This track is designed for the TFA major who wishes to pursue a career as a director or producer. Students will write, produce, direct, and edit advanced video projects, and be introduced to set design and the business of performing arts.

Admission Requirements: Admission to the television and film arts program is very competitive (15 students admitted each year) and based upon an application, letter of recommendation, and submission of creative work (including screenplays, short stories, poetry, and/or videos/films). All submitted materials are reviewed by the Television and Film Arts Advisory Committee.

Intellectual Foundations General Education Requirements

33-39 cr

Total Required Credits Hours in TFA

42 cr

A. Required Courses (24 cr)

COM 312

Basic Media Production

ENG 303

Literature in Film

TFA 201

Introduction to Television and Film Arts

TFA 301

Story I: Analyzing Great Stories

TFA 304

Writing for Television and Film Arts

TFA 401

Story II: Producing Great Stories

TFA 420

Senior Project I

TFA 450

Senior Project II

B. Elective Courses (18 cr)

The elective requirement can be satisfied by completing 18 credits in any of the courses below.

Writing and Storytelling Track

ENG 205

History of Cinema I

ENG 206

History of Cinema II

ENG 305

Creative Writing: Narrative*

ENG 350

Twentieth-Century Drama I

ENG 351

Twentieth-Century Drama II

ENG 402

Advanced Creative Writing*

TFA 460


THA 340


Directing and Producing Track

COM 432

Advanced Postproduction

COM 329

Intermediate Video Production

TFA 480

Advanced Directing/Producing I

TFA 481

Advanced Directing/Producing II

THA 200

Voice and Diction

THA 226

Acting I

THA 325

Business of Performing Arts

THA 337

Set Design**

All College Electives

39-45 cr

Total Required Credits

120 cr

Academic Road Map for Television and Film Arts, B.A.

Student Learning Outcomes for Television and Film Arts, B.A.

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Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies