"Studying in RMU's TV studio really gave me the edge working with today's growing technologies...Not to mention they also greatly liked my two-year experience as a Resident Assistant, working with faculty and students in a college setting." – Mark Biski '08
RMU's television & video production program, an offering in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), includes working behind the scenes and in front of the camera, both inside the studio and on location. Areas addressed include motion graphics, videography, field production, editing, storyboarding and writing for the media. Students can produce their own programs for RMU-TV and get involved in production as early as the first week of their first semester in the program.
As the film industry continues to grow in Pittsburgh (a.k.a., Hollywood East), the TV/video production concentration has become a popular choice for students looking to get into this exciting field. During the spring semester, the department welcomes the Visiting Documentary Filmmaker in Residence, who is housed in the Media Arts House. The filmmaker is selected by RMU faculty from a international pool of candidates and teaches a documentary production course, gives two public lectures, and produces a documentary film.
Graduates of RMU's Media Arts degree program with a concentration in TV/Video Production are finding success in everything from television and film to documentaries and major league sports:
D.J. Klinefelter '08 has worked as a gaffer and electrician on such movies as "Jack Reacher", "The Avengers", "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", "I Am Number Four", and "Super 8"
Brad Grimm '07 was a student Emmy winner while at RMU, and today works as a cinematographer, camera operator, director, and visual effects artist.
Mark Cottington '10 is the New Media Video Producer for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bill Wareham '06 works as the Game Night Producer for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Below is a typical four-year course of study for TV & video production students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.
|FRESHMAN/Fall Semester||FRESHMAN/Spring Semester|
|Foundation Studio||Foundations Studio II|
|2D Design Principles||Color Theory|
|Reading and Writing Strategies||3D Design Principles|
|Elective||Argument & Research|
|SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester||SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester|
|Intro to Printmaking||Intro to Photography|
|Digital Imaging||Writing for the Media|
|Intro to TV/Video Prod||Intro to Graphic Design|
|Public Speaking and Persuasion||History of TV/Video|
|Business Professional Communication|
|JUNIOR/Fall Semester||JUNIOR/Spring Semester|
|Idea Development/Storyboarding||TV/Video Postproduction|
|Intro to Web Design||Motion Graphics|
|Video Field Production||Film History|
|Film Video Aesthetics||Media Arts elective|
|SENIOR/Fall Semester||SENIOR/Spring Semester|
|Advanced TV/Video Workshop||TV/Video BFA Seminar|
|Film/Video Seminar||Media Arts elective|
|Media Arts elective||Media Management|
All four Media Arts degree concentrations are available as a B.A. or B.F.A. program.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is more specialized and intensive in the areas of concentration, with 24 credits of foundation studies and 24 major credits. The degree suits those who are clear that they wish to pursue a career in one of the four concentration areas, although they do not have to choose one until the sophomore year.
The Bachelor of Arts degree, in contrast, does not have a foundation studies area, but combines the same classes as those in the B.F.A. into 33 major credits. Additional courses are converted into open electives, allowing students to pursue a minor or broaden their studies into other areas of interest. The B.A. degree also allows transfer students to gain maximum advantage for credits completed at other institutions.
Academic Media Center The Academic Media Center provides a learning environment for students interested in television, video, audio, photography, multimedia, producing, and writing. The center houses exceptional facilities, including the second-largest television studio in Pittsburgh, a television control room, linear and nonlinear editing suites, darkrooms, computer labs and field production equipment. This ensures that students get first-hand knowledge on the same equipment found in broadcast TV stations and corporate communication departments.
RMU-TV The Academic Media Center produces programming for RMU-TV, a 24-hour cable television station broadcast throughout campus and to more than 200,000 homes in the surrounding community. Students participate in all phases of RMU-TV, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Student-produced programming includes news, sports, comedy, and talk shows.
Snee-Reinhardt House for the Media Arts Besides an apartment for visiting artists and scholars, this building includes a large, natural-light studio, conference and meeting rooms, ample display space for student work, and a theater-quality HD screening room that can also be used for classes.
The Wheatley Center
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in the Wheatley Center. This soaring, 50,000 square-foot complex, glowing with colored LED accents, includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café.
Within walking distance are facilities that provide opportunities for students to develop expertise in a range of media. Students perform and produce plays and musicals in our theater; they produce our student newspaper, The Sentry, and our literary magazine, RUNE, in our newsroom; they produce documentaries, attend lectures and learn from visiting scholars in our Media Arts House; and they produce and host news, entertainment, and sports programs in our state-of-the-art Academic Media Center’s broadcast facility and our Internet radio station.
Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study. Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace.
Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement.
For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)
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