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TV & Video Production Major

Prepare for a career in studio and field production for TV and video. Through hands-on experience, you will learn professional skills to produce and edit shows and have access to Plattsburgh State’s television facility, PSTV, where you can gain TV and video industry experience.

TV-Video Production Program

In the TV-video production program you will apply theoretical concepts while planning and designing programs, capturing, editing and post-producing shows both in the studio and in the field.

You will have the opportunity to work at SUNY Plattsburgh’s television facility, PSTV, and reach 40,000 regular viewers through specialty programming like “Cardinal Hockey.”

After graduation, you will be prepared for careers from producing and directing, acting and editing, to various other production positions.

Bachelor of Arts or Science (B.A. or B.S.) in TV-Video Production (120 credits)

Program Requirements

8 Semester Graduation Plan — 120 Credits

Please note: This plan is provided as a guideline. Students will still need to work with advisors to fine-tune their schedule choices to accomplish their personal goals in the program. It is the students who are ultimately responsible for registering, tracking, and managing their own progress toward their degree requirements with the assistance of their Degree Works profile.

Important Reminders — graduation requirements:

  1. General education course requirements should be completed by the beginning of your junior year.
  2. A minimum of 120 overall credits with at least 45 upper-level credits are required to graduate.
    Upper-level courses are numbered in the 300–400 series (300 thru 499).
  3. To acquire this degree four courses require a grade of “C” or better — CMM101, CMM118, CMM288, and CMM 335.
    (CMM335 is the AWR—advanced writing requirement for this major.)

Year 1 — Freshman

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 101 Introduction to Public Speaking 3   CMM 118 Media & Society 3
CMM 229 Basic Video Planning & Production 3   CMM 232 Basic Audio Production 1
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Gen Ed Course Information & Technology Literacy 3
ENG 101 College Writing II 3   Gen Ed Course Natural Science (3–4 cr.) 4
Gen Ed Course World Systems or Foreign Language 3   Gen Ed Course Mathematics 3
Total   15   Total   14

Year 2 — Sophomore

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 233 TV Station Operations 3   CMM 288 Fundamentals of Electronic Media 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective Course 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Prod Focus List) 3
Gen Ed Course Humanities or The Arts 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Gen Ed Course US or Western Civilization 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Total   15   Total   15

Year 3 — Junior

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 335 Writing for Radio & TV 3   CMM 375 TV Studio Production 4
CMM Course Application & Development Block 3   CMM Course Application & Development Block 3
CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3   CMM Course Communication Contexts Block 3
300/400 Upper Level Elective 3   300/400 Upper Level Elective 3
Gen Ed Course Global Issues (3–4 cr.) 3   300/400 Upper Level Elective 3
Total   15   Total   16
 

Year 4 — Senior

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM Course Theoretical Foundation Block 3   CMM 491 Senior Seminar 1
CMM 429 or elective TV Field Acting (or elective) 4   CMM 400 or elective Producing the Documentary (or elective) 3
CMM Course Communication Contexts Block 3   CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3
300/400 Upper Level Elective 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 4
Total   16   Total   14

 

*Applies to curriculum posted in SUNY Plattsburgh program catalog as of 2016–2017 academic year. 120 credits

Production Focus List (suggested elective options)

Course** How It Fits in With This Major Prerequisite Credits
CMM 233 TV Station Operations Work as audio crew for PSTV CMM229 & CMM232 3
CMM 385 Digital Video Editing Learn industry editing techniques CMM229 3
CMM 312 Fundamentals of Multimedia Gain background in digital media CMM118 & sophomore standing 3
CMM 400 Producing the Documentary Create/explore documentary styles CMM 375 & junior standing 4
CMM 429 TV Field Acting & Prod Explore/develop acting techniques CMM 375 & junior standing 4
CMM 446 Sound for Film & TV Craft film audio w/ADR, Foley & more CMM232 4
CMM 496 Lab Assistantship Work in the audio laboratories CMM232, POI, & application 3
CMM 498 Internships Full or part-time internships GPA & application process 3/6/12

Other Recommendations to Boost Your Potential

Double Major Options Minor Needed
Double major with audio-radio production Add a broadcast management minor
Double major with broadcast journalism Add a marketing minor
Double major with digital media production Add a business minor
Double major with theatre Add an English minor

**Besides Pre-req’s, courses may require minimum GPA and/or application process

(Note: POI = Permission of Instructor )

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about communication studies programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, or to arrange a campus visit, please contact

Timothy Clukey, Chairperson
Office: Yokum Hall 111A
Phone: (518) 564-4290
Email: Timothy.Clukey@plattsburgh.edu

Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Plattsburgh
Yokum Hall 103B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681