About Media Production
Media production is the art of visual storytelling through film and sound. Media production students learn the foundational skills of shooting, producing, and editing video, as well as the basics of lighting and sound production. They create visual media that is broadcast on television, posted on blogs, shared on podcasts, and/or posted on social media.
The profile of a successful media production graduate has strong skills in using computers, cameras, and other technical equipment, writing and speaking proficiency, keen ethical insight, analytical and creative competence, and management abilities.
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.
- Advertising Creative Director
- Broadcast News Analyst
- Camera Operator
- Light Technician
- Production Manager
- Public Radio Producer/Host
- Radio/Television Host
- Sound Engineering Technician
- Television Producer
- Web Designer
Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities available to media production students include the Buffalo News Scholarship, John Roneker Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Julia A. Piquette Communication Scholarship, Charles Y. Adair Award, Dr. Charles A. Messner Scholarship Fund, and Estelle M. Engel Memorial Scholarship.
Honors Society: Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide, including Buffalo State.
Student Newspaper: The Record is the student-run campus newspaper where students can serve as reporters, editorial writers, and editors.
Student TV: BSC-TV Productions is a student-run television channel which features news, sports, student-produced shows, and films.
Student Radio: WBNY-FM 91.3 offers students the opportunity to enter the field of radio broadcasting. Students cover news stories, sports, music, talk shows, and promotions.
Media production students are encouraged to intern in radio stations, television stations, or production companies before they graduate.
- Arena Productions (broadcasting)
- Buffalo Sabres (video production)
- Chameleon Communications (radio productions)
- Citadel Communications (radio sales; promotion; programming)
- Crosswater Productions (audio)
- Empire Sports Network (television production; radio production; photography; directing)
- Full Circle Studios (TV production)
- Infinity Broadcasting (radio programming)
- Nickelodeon/Viacom, New York City (TV production)
- Darien Lake (promotions)
- WBLK Radio (production)
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 four other undergraduate programs in New York State are accredited.
Our faculty averages 13 years of professional experience and 15 years full-time teaching. Most students give their instructors a 4.4 rating out of 5 on evaluations.
The Communication Department, where media production resides, is one of the largest and most prestigious programs on campus.
Through class projects and internships, the Communication Department partners with local businesses and nonprofit organizations, linking our educational mission with community needs.
Students have opportunities to take on real media production roles with the campus television and radio stations.
Free Equipment Use
Students may rent out cameras, microphones, and more for their projects.
Successful Job Placement
Graduates of the department have a high rate of success in obtaining jobs related to their major.