Radio-TV-Film is a hands-on program, offering students access to the latest equipment and facilities currently utilized in the industry. Radio-TV-Film 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 students more than technicians, but media professionals and leaders who understand how to communicate through mass media.
In just the past few years, Radio-TV-Film students have garnered over 130 awards in scriptwriting, audio/radio production, media writing, and television and short film production, including 23 national awards from the College Broadcasters Association, National Broadcasting Society, and Broadcast Education Association.
The Radio-TV-Film program, established by Dr. Robert “Doc” Snyder in 1964, seeks to inspire students into elevating our culture through the creation of thoughtful, responsible communication. The Radio-TV-Film program provides students with a professional media curriculum featuring critical media analysis and substantial hands on experience. In addition, our program offers a number of extracurricular organizations like WRST, Titan TV, Film Society, International Film Series, and the National Broadcasting Society that gives students direct access to advanced productions and the industry. RTF students are finding increased success with national and regional internship opportunities as we seek to build stronger connections with our alumni and industry.
We strongly believe that our students will take their first steps into the professional world while they are still in college. The education and training they receive in our program helps them establish their careers. Many of our graduates are either in graduate school or working in some facet of the industry.
Former students work extensively in radio for such companies and stations as Cumulus Radio, WLUP-FM/WKQX-FM/Chicago, WSSP-AM/Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio/Madison, for such well-established television networks as ABC, CBS, TNT, TLC, and on major Hollywood films such as Shutter Island, The Informant!, Mission Impossible III, Iron Man 2, Transformers 2, Munich, Funny People, Syriana, Spiderman 3, and Crank - just to name a few.