2018-2019 Catalog

Film, Television and Media

Film, Television, and Media Program Learning Outcomes

FILM, TELEVISION AND MEDIA

College of Arts and Humanities Department of Communications
Bachelor of Arts

Faculty

Ryan Bowles Eagle, Film, Television and Media Coordinator
Virginia (Toddy) Eames, Sharon Sharp, John Vanderhoef
Department Office: LIB 5324, (310) 243-3313

Program Description

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television and Media is to cultivate the diverse creative voices of CSU Dominguez Hills students by providing them with an understanding of the histories, forms, contexts and existing structures of where and how media stories are told. Students are prepared to contribute new and necessary stories with the potential to meaningfully represent their own communities and transform society. Upon completing the degree, students will understand the power of media stories and the impact they can have. They will have a deep understanding of what stories have been told and what is missing. They will be empowered with the skills to express their voice in places where stories can and need to be told.
Our innovative program integrates critical thinking and critical making. By approaching both traditional and emerging media as creative storytelling and grounding students in the knowledge of the history, politics, forms and industry structures of media stories, students learn to adapt to a constantly changing media landscape and how they can make a positive impact on society using their creative voices. Students take courses on storytelling in and across media forms. In writing about media stories, students develop skills in analyzing and interpreting media stories. Building on those skills, students will also learn how to tell new stories as well as identify potential audiences and venues for those stories.

Student Organization

Toro Entertainment and Media Society (TEAMS) is a student-run organization committed to fostering social, intellectual, and professional community around a shared interest in media storytelling and the desire to learn more about the media industries.

Academic Advisement

Full-time faculty members and a department professional advisor serve as the academic advisors for Film, Television and Media majors. Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advisement upon admission and regularly thereafter. Faculty advisors work with students to provide information about major degree requirements, preparation for post-baccalaureate programs, and career options. The professional advisor assists students with major degree program requirements and other curriculum-related issues.

Preparation

High school students are encouraged to take college preparatory English courses. Students planning to transfer from community college should consult with their counselor or advisor to identify appropriate transferable lower division courses.
Career Opportunities
The Film, Television and Media curriculum provides pathways for students interested in focusing their coursework toward work in the industry, attending graduate school or both. The critical thinking and making skills that Film, Television and Media students acquire from their coursework prepare them for a wide array of career opportunities in the entertainment industries.

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Film, Television and Media provided they meet the following criteria:
1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 (an A or A-) in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
3. In addition, the student must be recommended by the faculty of the Department of Communications.