Film & Television

Major: Film and TV Production
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 185.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code: 50.0602
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-2012; 27-4031; 27-4032

About the Program

The Film & Television major offers a balance of technical craft and artistic vision that prepares students to pursue professional careers in the Film and TV industries. The program is hands-on with core themes driving each year: Story, Voice, Professional Practice, and Implementation. There is also substantial coursework in screenwriting and film studies.

This highly competitive program, with only sixty-four freshmen accepted annually, features smaller classes that foster student-faculty interaction and mentoring, as well as ample access to excellent equipment. The unique Drexel co-op and Los Angeles Summer Programs enhance education by providing students with professional employment experience.

The Film & Television program also offers minors in Film Studies and Video Production.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact the program director:

Tom Quinn
Film & Television
Department of Cinema and Television
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
teq23@drexel.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Optional portfolio
  • GPA: 2.75
  • SAT: 1100

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
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
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
VSST 107Introduction to Design for Media3.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students select a minimum of 9 credits 9.0
Required Natural Science-students select a minimum of 6 credits 6.0
Required Social Science-students select a minimum of 9 credits 9.0
Electives *24.0
Film & TV Production Core Courses
FMST 105Film History & Theory I3.0
FMST 205Film History & Theory II3.0
FMST 250The Documentary Tradition3.0
FMTV 100Visual Storytelling3.0
FMTV 110Basic Cinematography3.0
FMTV 115Basic Editing3.0
FMTV 120Basic Sound3.0
FMTV 130Basic TV Studio3.0
FMTV 185TV Industry3.0
FMTV 200Voice & Style3.0
FMTV 201Portfolio Prep1.0
FMTV 210Intermediate Cinematography3.0
FMTV 211Intermediate Lighting3.0
FMTV 215Intermediate Editing3.0
FMTV 220Intermediate Sound3.0
FMTV 230Intermediate TV Studio3.0
FMTV 240Narrative Film 3.0
FMTV 245Microbudget Film3.0
or FMTV 265 Commercials and Promos
FMTV 250Documentary Film3.0
FMTV 260Experimental Film3.0
FMTV 270Basic Directing3.0
FMTV 275Intermediate Directing3.0
FMTV 280Basic Producing3.0
FMTV 285Media Law and Ethics3.0
FMTV 340Production Workshop3.0
FMTV 401Creative Careers3.0
FMTV 495Senior Project9.0
SCRP 150Entertainment Storytelling Fundamentals3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
TVST 105TV History3.0
Advanced Production Choice - Select three of the following (includes 300 level FMTV, FMVD, SCRP or TVPR courses):9.0
Film & TV Internship
Special Topics in Film & TV
Special Topics in Film & TV
Camera Operators Workshop
Steadicam Workshop
New Technologies in Film
TV Comedy Practicum
TV Drama Practicum
Reality TV Production
Television Internship
Episodic Webisode Production
TV Production Choice - Select two of the following (may repeat):6.0
TV Series I
TV Series II
DNews
TV Series Editing
Special Topics in Film & TV
Special Topics in Film & TV
Film Studies or Television Studies Course - Select one of the following (any FMST-Film Studies or TVST-Television Studies course not already required):3.0
Hitchcock
Film Comedy
Hollywoodland I
Hollywoodland II
The Horror Film
Special Topics in Film Studies
Special Topics in Film Studies
Post Color Correction
Art of TV Comedy
Art of TV Drama
Science Fiction Television
Teen Drama
Supernatural Drama
Special Topics in TV Studies
Special Topics in TV Studies
Total Credits185.0

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 Program. 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.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
FMTV 110Basic Cinematography3.0
SCRP 150Entertainment Storytelling Fundamentals3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 107Introduction to Design for Media3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
FMTV 100Visual Storytelling3.0
FMTV 120Basic Sound3.0
FMTV 130Basic TV Studio3.0
SCRP 270 [WI] Screenwriting I3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FMST 105Film History & Theory I3.0
FMTV 115Basic Editing3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
TVST 105TV History3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
FMST 205Film History & Theory II3.0
FMST 250The Documentary Tradition3.0
FMTV 200Voice & Style3.0
FMTV 210Intermediate Cinematography3.0
FMTV 250Documentary Film3.0
FMTV_TV Production Course3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
FMTV 211Intermediate Lighting3.0
FMTV 230Intermediate TV Studio3.0
FMTV 260Experimental Film3.0
FMTV 270Basic Directing3.0
SCRP 280 [WI] Writing the Short Film3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
FMTV 201Portfolio Prep1.0
FMTV 215Intermediate Editing3.0
FMTV 220Intermediate Sound3.0
FMTV 240Narrative Film 3.0
FMTV 275Intermediate Directing3.0
FMTV 280Basic Producing3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Elective 3.0
Film or TV Studies Elective3.0
Natural Science Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
FMTV 185TV Industry3.0
FMTV 285Media Law and Ethics3.0
FMTV 340Production Workshop3.0
Advanced Production Elective3.0
FMTV_TV Production Choice3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
FMTV 245
or 265
Microbudget Film
Commercials and Promos
3.0
SCRP 370Screenplay Story Development3.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Natural Science Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
FMTV 401Creative Careers3.0
FMTV 495Senior Project3.0
Advanced Production Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
FMTV 495Senior Project3.0
Advanced Production Elective3.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
FMTV 495Senior Project3.0
Electives12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 185.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Opportunities

Students who study film and video can move on to careers as film or video directors, producers, video or film editors, directors of photography (film), camerawork, as well as grips and special effects coordinators.

Co-Op Experiences

Some past co-op employers of film and video students include:

  • USA Network, New York
  • Comcast, Philadelphia
  • Bad Robot, Los Angeles
  • ICM, Los Angeles
  • Focus Features, New York
  • Law & Order, New York
  • NFL Films, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
  • Tribecca Film Center, New York
  • National Geographic Television, Washington DC
  • NBC, New York
  • Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
  • MTV, New York

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

Facilities

Film and Video facilities include a shooting studio with green screen; two screening rooms; a fully equipped HD television studio; post-production labs for editing, color correction and audio recording & mixing;  specially outfitted multimedia rooms; state of the art film production equipment including cameras, steadicams, lighting and audio equipment.

Additionally, the college operates DUTV, a HD cable television station reaching over 350,000 households.

Film & Television Faculty

Ian N. Abrams, BA (Duke University). Associate Professor. Screenwriting, movies, film, Hollywood.
Andrew Altrichter, MBA (Drexel University) Program Manager, Drexel University's television station (DUTV). Adjunct Instructor. Videography, editing, production.
John Avarese, BS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Composer, film and video scores, mixing and sound design.
Alison Bagnall, BA (Yale University). Visiting Professor. Filmmaker
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. Adjunct Instructor. Global media, news production and management.
David Deneen, BFA (Philadelphia College of Art). Assistant Teaching Professor. Film & video.
Gerard M. Hooper, MFA (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Film and video; European and non-western cinema.
D. B. Jones, PhD (Stanford University). Professor. Film and video; cinema studies.
Matthew Kaufhold, MA (University of North Carolina) Program Director, Screenwriting and Playwriting. Associate Teaching Professor. Screenwriter, Producer.
Karin P. Kelly, MFA (New York University) Department Head, Cinema and Television. Associate Professor. Film and video; filmmaker and author.
Yvonne D. Leach, MFA (Temple University). Associate Professor. Television studies.
Susan Magee, MFA (Bennington). Instructor. Social marketing, electronic publishing, technical communication.
Joe Marsini, BS, CPA (University of Delaware). Adjunct Instructor. Media finance, strategic planning, financial reporting, contract negotiations, collective bargaining agreements.
Thomas Quinn, MFA (Temple University) Program Director, Film & Video. Assistant Professor. Writer, Director, filmmaker.
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.
David A. Schwartz, BA (Rider University). Associate Teaching Professor. Steadicam operator; cameraman.
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
Jocelyn Tarquini-Motter, MFA (American Film Institute). Assistant Teaching Professor. Editing.
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
Gregory S. Wolmart, MFA (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cinema studies; film history.
Martin (Marty) Zied, BA (Penn State). Adjunct Instructor. Speech Communications, Producer/Director Television and Film
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