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Television and Film Arts, B.A.

About the Program

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:

1. writing and storytelling, and
2. 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.

About the Television and Film Arts Program
Bishop Hall 210
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-3180
TFA@buffalostate.edu
Contact Faculty and Staff in the Television and Film Arts Program

Admission Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

TFA Major Requirements (42 credit hours)
Required Courses (24 credit hours)
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
ENG 205 HISTORY OF CINEMA I
ENG 206 HISTORY OF CINEMA II
ENG 305 CREATIVE WRITING: NARRATIVE
ENG 350 TWENTIETH-CENTURY DRAMA I
ENG 351 TWENTIETH-CENTURY DRAMA II
ENG 402 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: NARRATIVE
TFA 460 ADAPTATION
THA 340 PLAYWRITING

Directing and Producing Track
COM 432 ADVANCED POST-PRODUCTION
COM 329 INTERMEDIATE VIDEO PRODUCTION
TFA 480 ADVANCED DIRECTING/PRODUCING I
TFA 481 ADVANCED DIRECTING/PRODUCING II
THA 200 INTRODUCTION TO ACTING: THE ACTOR'S INSTRUMENT
THA 226 ACTING I
THA 325 THE BUSINESS OF PERFORMING ARTS
THA 337 SET DESIGN I

All College Electives
39-45 credit hours 39-45

Total Credit Hours 120

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