TV Production & Media Management

Major: TV Production and Media Management
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 186.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 10.0202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-2012

About the Program

The TV Production and Media Management program educates students to conceive, produce, and market entertainment  through current and evolving television platforms. The program addresses the creative aspects, the craft, and the business of producing fictional and nonfictional content, and prepares students to work in all distribution formats.

The TV Production and Media Management program combines the resources of DUTV, Drexel’s fully-equipped, high-definition television station, with a  comprehensive academic program to provide students with foundational experiences in the development, writing, production, editing, programming, multi-platform distribution, management, and promotion of television and internet content.

The major offers a course of study of 186.0 credits distributed over courses focused on development, production and post-production, business, and history. Students are taught by and work with a faculty of notable industry professionals whose experience, passion, and contacts help prepare them to enter and navigate the competitive world of television.

The major is designed as a four year, co-op program. For more information about this major, visit the College's TV Production and Media Management page.

Degree Requirements

All TV Production & Media Management majors take the same core courses for the first five terms (through the winter term of their sophomore year). These core courses encompass production fundamentals, digital media fundamentals, an introduction to television industry and enterprise, and beginning screenwriting. Finally, there is an introductory TV studio course, TV field course, and television studies course. The core requirements build a foundation for further advanced and specialized courses, taught in the student's area of concentration.

By the spring term their sophomore year, students select one of the following concentrations:

  • TV Comedy & Drama: Students who choose this track gain an education in fictional programming. They will further hone their production skills in lighting and editing; they will be introduced to acting so they can better understand directing actors.
     
  • TV Industry & Enterprise: Students choosing this track gain an education in the business of television, completing three courses in the LeBow College of Business: business law, entrepreneurship, and marketing. They learn about the financial aspects of television and are introduced to managing the IT area as it relates to television.
     
  • TV News & Non-Fiction Production: Students who choose this track gain an education in documentary, news and nonfiction programming. They will hone their production skills in lighting and editing; they will learn how to direct TV studio programs and remote programs using multiple cameras.
Degree Requirements
Written Analysis and Communication Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Mathematics and Natural Sciences Requirements
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 8 credits8.0
Arts/Humanities Requirements
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Social Science Requirements
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
University Seminar Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Free electives24.0
Visual Studies Requirements
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
IDM 100Introduction to Web Development3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
Communications Requirements
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
Television Core Requirements
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
FMVD 237Intermediate Editing3.0
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
TVIE 180TV Industry Overview3.0
TVIE 280Research, Sales and Programming3.0
TVIE 285Media Law and Ethics3.0
TVPR 100TV Studio: Basic Operations3.0
TVPR 200TV Studio: Live Directing3.0
TVPR 210TV Studio: Narrative3.0
TVPR 212TV Commercials and Promos3.0
TVPR 236Reality TV Production3.0
TVPR 240Producing for Television3.0
TVST 260History of Television3.0
TVPR 495Senior Project: TV Production I3.0
TVPR 496Senior Project: TV Production II3.0
TVPR 497Senior Project: TV Production III3.0
Select one course from each of the pair below:9.0
TV Series I
TV Series II
DNews
DNews II
Art of TV Comedy
Art of TV Drama
Select eight courses from the following TV Production & Media Management electives:24.0
Media and Entertainment Business
The Documentary Tradition
Hollywoodland I
Hollywoodland II
Acting for the Screen
Directing for the Screen
Documentary Video Production
Narrative Video Production
Intermediate Lighting
Audio Post Production
Advanced Directing
TV Drama Practicum
Screenplay Story Development
Introduction to Money and the Media
TV Studio: Advanced Live Directing
TV News Writing
TV News Production
Scripted TV Production
TV On-Camera Performance
Television Internship
Episodic Webisode Production
TV Series Editing
History of TV Journalism
Total Credits186.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plans of Study 

TV Production & Media Management

Term 1Credits
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMVD 110Basic Shooting and Lighting3.0
FMVD 120Basic Sound3.0
VSST 108Design I for Media3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMVD 115Basic Editing3.0
TVPR 100TV Studio: Basic Operations3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 109Design II for Media3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
IDM 100Introduction to Web Development3.0
TVIE 180TV Industry Overview3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
TVIE 280Research, Sales and Programming3.0
TVPR 212TV Commercials and Promos3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
TVIE 285Media Law and Ethics3.0
TVPR 200TV Studio: Live Directing3.0
TVPR 240Producing for Television (Social Science elective)3.0
TVST 260History of Television3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
TVPR 210TV Studio: Narrative3.0
TVPR 236Reality TV Production3.0
One of the following: 
TVST 361
or 362
Art of TV Comedy
Art of TV Drama
3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
Elective 3.0
TV Production & Media Management elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 8
MGMT 260Introduction to Entrepreneurship4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
One of the following: 
TVPR 354
or 356
TV Series I
DNews
3.0
TV Production & Media Management elective6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
FMVD 237Intermediate Editing3.0
TV Production & Media Management elective6.0
One of the following: 
TVPR 355
or 357
TV Series II
DNews II
3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
TVPR 495Senior Project: TV Production I3.0
Free elective 3.0
Natural Science elective4.0
TV Production & Media Management elective6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
TVPR 496Senior Project: TV Production II3.0
Free electives 6.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
TV Production & Media Management elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
TVPR 497Senior Project: TV Production III3.0
Free electives 12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 186.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

As the fourth largest television market and home of Comcast, one of the most rapidly expanding cable companies in the United States, Philadelphia is a major national television center. The TV Production & Media Management program takes advantage of this in numerous ways, including adjunct faculty, guest speakers, scholarship possibilities, internships, co-op experiences, and joint ventures. The major interacts with the Paul F. Harron TV Studios, which houses DUTV's fully HD studio, where students produce projects as part of their course work. 

TV majors have done internships and Co-ops in New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, working for production companies, talent and casting agencies, and television stations.

Drexel also offers a graduate level program in Television Management, and some students in the undergraduate major may wish to apply to the graduate program.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Television Facilities

DUTV, an educational access channel operated by Drexel University, provides a laboratory for students majoring in Television. The Paul F. Harron TV Studios houses DUTV and its fully-HD shooting studio, providing students with work space as well as hands-on technical and management experience that is so essential to the program.
Film and video facilities include a shooting studio with a green screen, large and small screening rooms, a fully equipped television studio; digital editing facilities; specially outfitted multimedia rooms for all courses; digital video camcorders; 16mm film cameras, and lighting and audio equipment.

TV Production & Media Management Faculty

Andrew Altrichter, MBA (Drexel University) Program Manager, Drexel University's television station (DUTV). Videography, editing, production.
Jackie Borock, LLB (Widener University). Adjunct Instructor. Media law, intellectual property, first amendment
David Culver, AS (Graham Junior College) Manager of the Paul F. Harron Studios/DUTV. Associate Teaching Professor. Film, Video, Station Management, Emerging Media Technology
Karen Curry, BA (Fordham University) Executive Director, Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies. Global media, news production and management.
Yvonne D. Leach, MFA (Temple University). Associate Professor. Television studies.
Joe Marsini, BS, CPA (University of Delaware). Adjunct Professor. Media finance, strategic planning, financial reporting, contract negotiations, collective bargaining agreements.
Philip W. Salas, BS (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Utilization of advanced set top box data to measure fragmented viewing behavior. Impact of new television distribution technologies on traditional broadcasters and multichannel program providers.
Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Producing for Television, The Sitcom, Directing Single and Multi-Camera
Albert S. Tedesco, MA (University of Pennsylvania) Director of the Paul F. Harron Graduate Program in Television Management. Teaching Professor. Media Management, Organizational Structure, Research Methods, Media Ethics, Media Law, The Regulatory Environment, Technology Assessment, Media Theory, Media Analytics
Martin (Marty) Zied, BA (Penn State). Adjunct Instructor. Speech Communications, Producer/Director Television and Film
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