Television and Film Arts (B.A.)
Television and Film Arts
Bachelor of Arts (HEGIS: 0603)
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:
- writing and storytelling, and
- 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 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 Requirements|
|33-39 credit hours||33-39|
|TFA Major Requirements (42 credit hours)|
|Required Courses (24 credit hours)|
|COM 304||WRITING FOR BROADCAST (TV, RADIO, FILM)||3|
|COM 312||BASIC MEDIA PRODUCTION||3|
|ENG 303||LITERATURE IN FILM||3|
|TFA 201||INTRODUCTION TO TELEVISION AND FILM ARTS||3|
|TFA 301||TV AND FILM CRITICISM||3|
|TFA 401||PRODUCING SHORT FILMS I||3|
|TFA 420||PRODUCING SHORT FILMS II||3|
|TFA 450||SENIOR PROJECT||3|
|Elective Courses (18 credit hours)|
|The elective requirement can be satisfied by completing 18 credit hours in any of the courses below.||18|
|Writing and Storytelling Track|
|HISTORY OF CINEMA I|
|HISTORY OF CINEMA II|
|CREATIVE WRITING: NARRATIVE|
|TWENTIETH-CENTURY DRAMA I|
|TWENTIETH-CENTURY DRAMA II|
|ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: NARRATIVE|
|Directing and Producing Track|
|INTERMEDIATE VIDEO PRODUCTION|
|ADVANCED DIRECTING/PRODUCING I|
|ADVANCED DIRECTING/PRODUCING II|
|INTRODUCTION TO ACTING: THE ACTOR'S INSTRUMENT|
|THE BUSINESS OF PERFORMING ARTS|
|SET DESIGN I|
|All College Electives|
|39-45 credit hours||39-45|
|Total Credit Hours||120|