Radio-TV-Film

Information

Information

Andrew Smock, Department Chairperson

Department Office: Arts & Communication W112

Department Telephone: (920) 424-3131

Code 95 or RTF

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Faculty

Faculty

Davidson Smock
Heil Stokes
Hubbard Van Esler
Murphy

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Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Radio-TV-Film can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.

  • Comment: The Radio-TV-Film Department offers an education in the field of media production and studies.

  • Graduate: None

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Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. The Goal(s)

  • Radio-TV-Film (RTF) is well-known as a hands-on program, offering our students access to the latest equipment and facilities currently utilized in the industry.  RTF also offers a strong base knowledge in aesthetics, writing, media business, history, and important media theories that will have a profound impact on their project development and post-graduation success.  It is this critical base knowledge and class integration that makes our students more than technicians, but media leaders who understand how to communicate through mass media. 

  • The Majors(s)

    • The Department offers one major: Radio-TV-Film.

  • The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers one minor: Radio-TV-Film.

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    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree.

    • Radio-TV-Film majors and minors must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 to enroll in electives above RTF 310.

    • Radio-TV-Film majors must complete either a minor or a second major. 

    • Radio-TV-Film majors must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.50 to complete the degree.

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    Required Core Courses

    Required Core Courses

    • See Majors section

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    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    Radio-TV-Film Major

    Recommended for students who wish to prepare for a career in the various facets of the modern media production studies.  

    • Required Units (crs.): 38 minimum (minimum GPA 2.5)
    • Required Courses:
      • Radio-TV-Film: Radio-TV-Film 114, 115, 120, 250, 310, 499.
      • One course from the following: Radio-TV-Film 325, 326
    • Other Requirements: 21 elective credits:
      • 6 credits must be from the following media studies courses: 
        • Radio-TV-Film 305, 312, 347, 348, 349, 425
      • 3 credits must be from the following 400 level courses:
        • Radio-TV-Film 406, 425, 426, 429, 434, 438, 440, 450
      • Additional credits in order to meet the 21 elective requirement from any of the following courses:
        • Radio-TV-Film 305, 306, 312, 313, 314, 315, 320, 321, 341, 342, 344, 345, 347, 348, 349, 350, 352, 359, 364, 370, 399, 400, 406, 425, 426, 429, 434, 438, 440, 450, 446
      • Successful completion of a minor or second major.
      • 2.50 cumulative GPA for graduation.

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      The Minor(s)

      The Minor(s)

      Radio-TV-Film Minor

      Recommended for students who wish to prepare for a career in the various facets of mass media. 

      • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum 
      • Required Courses:
        • Radio-TV-Film: Radio-TV-Film 110, 114, 115, 120, 250, 260, 305, 310.
      • Other Requirements: 
        • 12 elective units (crs.) from the following:
          • Radio-TV-Film: RTF 120, 250, 303, 305, 306, 314, 320, 321, 325, 326, 341, 342, 344, 345, 347, 348, 349, 352, 359, 364, 370, 406, 425, 426, 429, 434.
          • 2.50 cumulative GPA to enroll in electives above RTF 310

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      Course Offering(s)

      Course Offering(s)

      Radio-TV-Film    101

      3 (crs.)

      Understanding Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures (HU)(XC)

      Our lives are constantly impacted by the mass media, yet we scarcely understand the complex ways in which they affect us. For example, how does a radio ad persuade us to buy or vote a certain way? How does a movie manipulate us into sharing the values of a certain character? To what degree is a TV news report truly objective? This course will help you make informed decisions about the media you consume.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    110

      1 (crs.)

      Introduction to Radio-TV-Film

      An introduction to the Radio-TV-Film program, including curriculum, policies and procedures, and the internship program. Students will gain the knowledge to be successful as RTF major/minors, learning how to prepare for lifelong careers in the media industry. 7-week course. Pass/Fail

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    114

      3 (crs.)

      Introduction to Media Aesthetics

      This study of conventions and creative strategies through which a mass media communicator expresses thought and emotion. In its exploration of dynamic audio/visual communication, the course will analyze film excerpts, broadcast segments, scripts, art, photography, and influential theory that has impacted production.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    115

      3 (crs.)

      Understanding Media (XC)

      This course introduces concepts of media literacy through a focus on the industry structures of print, radio, television, film and new media.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    120

      3 (crs.)

      Introduction to Audio/Radio

      This course is designed to cover basic theory and techniques of audio production, as well as introductory radio station practices. The course consists of lectures, as well as studio session featuring equipment demonstrations and production exercises in a professional environment. This course also includes experience on the air at the university's radio station, WRST-FM.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    250

      3 (crs.)

      Introduction to Visual Media

      This course introduces the student to basic theory and practices related to visual media, including television station operations, studio and field production, camera usage, and editing. Prerequisites: RTF 114 and one of the following: RTF 115 or RTF 110.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    303

      1 (crs.)

      Radio-TV-Film Participation

      Advanced, practical experience in television or radio station operations including production, programming, and project management. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, RTF 120, RTF 250 and consent of instructor. RTF Majors only. Pass/Fail

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    305

      3 (crs.)

      Theory and Practice of New Media

      This course develops an understanding of the relationship between the traditional media industry and converging new media. Prerequisites: RTF 115.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    306

      3 (crs.)

      Introduction to Post Production

      This course develops skills in editing and sound design theories and techniques, while becoming proficient with non-linear editing system. Prerequisites: RTF 114 and RTF 250.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    310

      3 (crs.)

      History of Cinema, Radio, & TV

      This course surveys the history of motion pictures and electronic media, including radio and television broadcasting, and media convergence. Consideration is given to aesthetic, social, economic, and technological perspectives. Prerequisites: RTF 115 or RTF 110.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    312

      3 (crs.)

      Media Ethics

      Studies of the moral issues and ethical problems that concern mass media practitioners, including those involved in broadcasting, print, public relations and advertising. Cross-listed: RTF 312/Journalism 312. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: RTF students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and 310: Journalism 141, 221, 224 and 60 credits or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    313

      3 (crs.)

      Entertainment Law

      Laws and regulations, which govern radio, television, motion pictures, and theatre. Includes the relationships of the broadcast/media manager, artistic director, producer, director, and actor to each other and to agencies such as Congress, the courts, the FCC and other regulatory agencies. Cross-listed: RTF 313/Theatre 313. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: RTF students: 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and 310; Communication Studies Students: Communication 118 and 236; Theatre Students: Theatre 102 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    314

      3 (crs.)

      Radio-Television Advertising

      A study of advertising within the United States broadcast industry. Students divide into groups and create a campaign, researching and marketing a product, then writing, storyboarding, presenting, and producing a radio or television spot.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115, RTF 120 and RTF 250.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    315

      3 (crs.)

      Media Leadership

      This course is designed primarily to help students develop as future leaders in the media industries. Students will gain a formal foundation-via readings, class discussions, examples, case studies, and exercises through which they can begin to lead themselves and others effectively. Ultimately, this course will serve as the beginning of an important process that will help students thrive as media professionals. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and RTF 310, or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    320

      3 (crs.)

      Broadcast Station Operations

      This course provides a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of a broadcast station. The student will learn the theory governing the essential tasks specific to radio operations and how the different departments within the station interact (much of what is learned is transferrable to television operations). The course also covers laws and regulations governing broadcast radio and internet streaming as well as rules specific to non-commercial radio. Students will also learn how to perform a critical analysis of the competitive environment facing a broadcast outlet and devise strategies for success. Students will put what they learn into practice in the real-world environment of WRST-FM in a variety of operational roles. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, and RTF 310.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    321

      3 (crs.)

      Studio Production

      Production and Direction of studio television programs, as well as, field packages and remote field direction. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF 250. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    325

      1 (crs.)

      Television Practicum

      Advanced, practical experience in producing, directing, hosting, and/or crewing weekly television programs and the running of television broadcast operations. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, RTF 250.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    326

      1 (crs.)

      Radio Practicum

      Advanced, practical experience in various production and functional aspects of radio broadcast operations. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, RTF 120

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    341

      3 (crs.)

      Documentary Production

      A critical survey of the history, theory and practice of the documentary in film and television. The methods and purposes of the documentary form will be examined through lectures, readings and screenings. Students apply these principles to the preproduction and development of a documentary film. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 310 and one of the following: RTF 306 or RTF 260 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    342

      3 (crs.)

      Narrative Production

      The development of skills in single camera narrative production. Students gain experience in continuity direction and editing, while learning how to develop and produce an advanced project. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 310, and one of the following: RTF 306 or RTF 260. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    344

      3 (crs.)

      Prime-Time Television Writing

      A study of the problems and principles of scripting dramatic and documentary programs for prime time broadcast. Successful prime time television shows, investigative reports, and motion picture excerpts are analyzed, and each student will write at least one half-hour prime time script. Prerequisites: RTF Students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF 250 and RTF 310; Non-RTF students: A 200 level writing course. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    345

      3 (crs.)

      Television Development

      Examination of the theory and practice of the television development for broadcast and cable networks. Course will examine the historical practices of the television business along with trends in the development of narrative and non-narrative content. Students will develop, create, and present their own mini-television pilots. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and RTF 250.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    347

      3 (crs.)

      Race, Class, Gender in the Mass Media (ES) (HU)

      An introduction to the issues of race, class and gender, including sexual orientation, and their function within motion pictures and the electronic media. The investigation into media representations will reveal the historical, social, and political contexts that shaped and continue to construct these images. Cross-listed: RTF 347/Women's and Gender Studies 347/Social Justice 347. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: RTF Students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 310: Women's and Gender Studies Students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and WG STDS 201; Communication Students:  Comm 219; Social Justice Minors: Cumulative GPA 2.5 and Social Justice 101 OR consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    348

      3 (crs.)

      The Art of Criticism

      This course emphasizes uses of criticism that circulate widely in society in order to examine how taste-makers and wider audiences make meaning form mass media forms. Assignments will place emphasis on the development of analytical and writing skills in the field of media studies. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 114 and RTF 310.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    349

      3 (crs.)

      Audience Research

      This course offers an overview of quantitative approaches to media analysis, focusing on methods rooted in mass communication, sociological, and social-psychological research. Students will design, propose, and complete a quantitative research project. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 305 or consent of instructor for non-RTF majors.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    350

      3 (crs.)

      Cinematography/Videography

      The study and practice of aesthetic and technical approaches to lighting, blocking, and camera placement for film and digital. The course combines the study of the relationship of the script to visualization and lighting with hands on film and digital production training and applications. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF  250, RTF 310 and one of the following: RTF 306 or RTF 260. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    352

      3 (crs.)

      News Production

      Students will gain practical experience in news reporting, producing, and production techniques across multiple platforms: television, radio, and internet. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120 and RTF 250 or consent of instructor. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    364

      3 (crs.)

      Digital Communication and Design

      This course focuses on technical and creative skills used for authoring web sites. Students will learn to develop and maintain websites using HTML and Cascading Styles Sheets (CSS). Students will also become proficient in the web design software Adobe Dreamweaver and familiar with other digital communication tools, such as Adobe Photoshop. Additionally, students will learn color theory and principles of design, as well as best practices for navigation, accessibility, and usability. Students will also learn the basics of working with a content management system (CMS). Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 and RTF 120, RTF 250, or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    370

      3 (crs.)

      Multimedia Writing

      This course examines how to develop, write, and adapt technical information and linear narratives for non-linear, interactive multimedia applications. Students also learn how to develop ideas into multimedia scripts, incorporate text with other media, write narration, write for interactivity, present text on-screen, and write concisely. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 250 & RTF 305, or consent of instructor for non-majors.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    399

      3 (crs.)

      Los Angeles Connection

      This course offers a unique opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge of the Los Angeles television industry. Students will research and experience LA media careers and companies while networking with UW Oshkosh alumni and other media professionals who will share their knowledge and expertise. Prerequisites: RTF 120, RTF 250, Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and consent of instructor. Students must complete application and interview process to be considered for course. Prerequisites can be waived with consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    400

      1 - 3 (crs.)

      Professional Internship I

      Supervised professional field experience at a business, community, or government media organization or on a film or television shoot in which the intern applies Radio-TV-Film study to a practical situation. (Note: RTF will only facilitate internships in which students are registered for credit. Internship credits will not be granted retroactively.) This course counts as part of the 12 upper level elective credits for the RTF major. It can be taken multiple times, but students can only get a total of three credits. Prerequisites: Radio-TV-Film majors only, consent of instructor, junior or senior status (60 completed credits with 12 completed at UWO as an RTF major/minor) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250.  Pass/Fail (5+15)

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    401

      1 - 3 (crs.)

      Professional Internship II

      Supervised professional field experience at a business, community or government media organization or on a film or television shoot in which the intern applies Radio/TV/Film study to a practical situation. (Note: RTF will only facilitate internships in which students are registered for credit. Internship credits will not be granted retroactively.) This course is available for those desiring an additional internship after having successfully completed RTF 400. However, the credits earned in RTF 401 will only count toward the student's non-RTF upper level course total required for graduation, and will not be counted as part of the 12 required upper level RTF courses.  Prerequisites: Radio-TV-Film major only, consent of instructor, junior or senior status (60 completed credits with 12 completed at UWO as an RTF major/minor) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250 & RTF 400. (5+15)

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    403

      1 (crs.)

      Radio-TV-Film Participation

      Advanced, practical experience in television or radio station operations including production, programming, and project management. Prerequisites: Successful completion of RTF 303, Cumulative 2.5 GPA, AND consent of instructor. RTF Majors only. Pass/Fail

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    406

      3 (crs.)

      Advanced Post Production

      This course develops proficiency in advanced editing techniques, motion graphic design and sound design. Students will study effective motion graphic design and sound design to develop enhanced skills and Post Production techniques in the creation of class projects. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 310 and one of the following: RTF 306 or RTF 260. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    425

      1 - 3 (crs.)

      Seminar in Radio-TV-Film

      The study of historical, critical, or theoretical issues in radio, television, film; emphasis on individual student research. May be repeated three times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies. Prerequisites: RTF students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF 114 & RTF 310; Communication Studies students: Communication 118 and 236.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    426

      1 - 3 (crs.)

      Seminar in Radio-TV-Film

      The study of creative, production, or management issues in radio, television, film May be repeated three times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115, RTF 120 & RTF 250.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    429

      3 (crs.)

      Advanced Radio Production

      This course combines the study and practice of radio feature production. Professionally produced material will provide a foundation for analysis of original student work. Students in the class will produce feature radio pieces, which will air over WRST-FM. The models for these works are feature productions heard on public radio programs like Morning Edition and This American Life. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120 & one of the following: RTF 320, RTF 352, or RTF 370. Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    434

      3 (crs.)

      Advanced Narrative Scriptwriting

      The study and practice of writing original narrative scripts. Dramatic structure will be analyzed in depth and students will develop an original property, writing and revising its first 45 pages. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 344 or RTF 342 consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    438

      3 (crs.)

      Educational Media

      An exploration of educational media, including CD-ROMS, video games, learning-centered websites, children's TV programming, and adult TV programming. Topics include exposure to violence, federal regulations to improve children's television, and the medium's ability to teach. Case studies will cover both animation and live action, ranging from Nickelodeon to National Geographic to the History Channel.   Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 348 or RTF 349 or consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    440

      3 (crs.)

      Advanced Visual Production

      This course develops advanced creative and technical skills in narrative and non-narrative production. Students choose core creative positions (Producer/Director, Cinematographer/Videographer, Editor) on a narrative or documentary film production, television pilot, or multi-cam studio production that will include professional project development, production, and distribution. Projects and skills required will be a continuation of material developed in Documentary Production, Narrative Production, Television Development, Studio Production, or News Production. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115, and one of the following; RTF 321, RTF 341 or RTF 342, RTF 345, RTF 350, RTF 352 or Communication 305, 306 or 349.  Special fees may apply.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    446

      1 - 3 (crs.)

      Independent Study

      See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, RTF 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) "well beyond that required in established courses." It may not be used as a substitute for an existing course, nor may it be used by a company or organization seeking free labor or free access to Department equipment and facilities. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    450

      3 (crs.)

      Advanced Theory and Criticism

      This course explores qualitative critical approaches to the study of the popular culture, emphasizing film and television. Emphasis will be placed on ideological analysis, post structuralism, and cultural theory. Students will engage with the theories covered through substantial original research. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 347, and (348 or 349) or consent of instructor for non RTF majors.

       

       

      Radio-TV-Film    499

      1 (crs.)

      Outgoing Career Prep

      This course will help seniors prepare for a productive career. Prerequisites: RTF major or minor with Cumulative 2.5 GPA and 90 or more credits. Pass/Fail.

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