About the Program

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (Accredited)

This major (formerly called broadcasting) allows students flexibility to tailor a program based on production of audio and/or visual messages using various electronic media. It meets the needs of students preparing for a career integrating many elements: research, planning, writing and other aspects of preproduction; studio and field experience in technical production; post-production activities, such as editing; and media management areas. Compare this major with communication studies, journalism, and public relations and advertising.

This is the only program in broadcasting and production at any SUNY school that is affiliated with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Only a handful of other undergraduate programs in New York State are accredited.


Career Opportunities

Students in media production prepare for careers in radio or audio production, television or video production, Web design, music production, media sales and management, related technical areas, and other fields that require a liberal arts education enhanced with production skills. Specific job titles associated with this major include writer, producer, director, videographer, editor, Web designer, and production manager.

The profile of a successful media production graduate is a person with strong skills in using computers, cameras, and other technical equipment, writing and speaking proficiency, keen ethical insight, analytical and creative competence, and management abilities.


Academic Standards

Only grades of C or higher may be applied toward requirements for any communication degree; courses with lower grades must be repeated. Consistent with standards of the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the number of communication courses that students may take is capped, encouraging a broad-based liberal arts education. The department encourages students to take minors or second majors, and requires evidence of an academic concentration or area of expertise outside the Communication Department.

About the Communication Department

B112 Buckham Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6008
Fax: (716) 878-4697
https://communication.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

See communication.buffalostate.edu/ for application forms and additional information, including a list of equivalent core courses at community colleges. Transfer students from two-year schools may apply only core courses toward this major for a maximum of 12 credits. Students generally require four semesters of study after completing communication core courses.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

Media Production Major Requirements (42 credit hours)
Communication Core (12 credit hours)
COM 100 MEDIA LITERACY 3
COM 210 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA WRITING 3
COM 212 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL STORYTELLING 3
or
COM 215 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION
SPC 205 INTRODUCTION TO ORAL COMMUNICATION 3

Major Requirements (30 credit hours)
Select all five (15 credit hours)
COM 304 WRITING FOR BROADCAST (TV, RADIO, FILM) 3
COM 312 BASIC MEDIA PRODUCTION 3
COM 328 INTERMEDIATE POST PRODUCTION 3
COM 329 INTERMEDIATE VIDEO PRODUCTION 3
COM 450 COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY 3

Select one Critical Thinking course (3 credit hours): 3
COM 317 MEDIA MANAGEMENT
SPC 326 FILM ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
SPC 422 MEDIA CRITICISM
SPC 426 DOCUMENTARY FILM ANALYSIS

Select two Advanced Production Course (6 credit hours) 6
COM 428 ADVANCED AUDIO PRODUCTION
COM 429 ADVANCED MULTI-CAMERA STUDIO PRODUCTION
COM 431 ADVANCED FIELD PRODUCTION
COM 432 ADVANCED POST-PRODUCTION
COM 433 ADVANCED TV DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION
COM 434 ADVANCED VIDEO PRODUCTION PRACTICUM
COM 435 VISUAL EFFECTS

Communication Electives (6 credit hours) 6
Select any two 300 or 400 level COM or SPC courses 6

All College Electives
39-45 credit hours 39-45
Total Credit Hours 120