Edwin Jager, Department Chairperson
Department Office: Arts & Communication W112
Department Telephone: (920) 424-3131
Code 95 or RTF
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 a 21st century education in the field of modern media production and studies.
Summary of Fields of Study
Radio-TV-Film is a hands on program, offering students access to professional equipment and facilities 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.
The Department offers one major: Radio-TV-Film.
The Department offers one minor: Radio-TV-Film.
To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree.
Radio-TV-Film majors must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 to enroll in elective and complete degree.
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.
The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options
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 110, 114, 115, 120, 250, 260, 305, 310, 499.
- At least one of the following capstone courses: Radio-TV-Film: 429, 434, 440, 450.
- Other Requirements:
- 12 additional units (crs.) of Radio-TV-Film electives to meet minimum requirement.
- Successful completion of a minor or second major.
- 2.50 cumulative GPA for graduation.
Recommended for students who wish to work in fields related to Radio-TV-Film, such as Art, Business, Communication, English, Music, Journalism.
- Required Units (crs.): 22 minimum
- Required Courses:
- Radio-TV-Film: Radio-TV-Film 110, 114, 115, 120, 250, 260, 305, 310.
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.)
Introduction to Media Business
This course develops an understanding of the industry and business structures of 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 110 & RTF 114 or Communication 151 & 201.
Radio-TV-Film 260 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Post Production
This course develops skills in editing theories and techniques, while becoming proficient with the Final Cut Studio non-linear editing system. Prerequisites: RTF 110 and RTF 114 or Communication 151.
Radio-TV-Film 301 3 (crs.)
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, or Communication 234 for RTF majors and minors.
Radio-TV-Film 303 1 (crs.)
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 110 & RTF 115 or Communication 201.
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 110 or Communication 201.
Radio-TV-Film 312 3 (crs.)
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 or Communication 234 and 241; Journalism students: Journalism 141, 221, 224 and 60 credits or consent of instructor.
Radio-TV-Film 313 3 (crs.)
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 or Communication 201; Communication Studies Students: Communication 118 and 236; Theatre Students: Theatre 102 or consent of instructor.
Radio-TV-Film 315 3 (crs.)
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: RTF 115 and RTF 310, Cumulative 2.5 GPA or consent of instructor for non-majors or Communication 201 and 241 and cumulative 2.5 GPA 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 or Communication 151 and 241.
Radio-TV-Film 321 3 (crs.)
Production and Direction of studio television programs, as well as, field packages and remote field direction. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF 250 or Communication 151. Special fees may apply.
Radio-TV-Film 341 3 (crs.)
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 260 and RTF 310 or Communication 151, 241 and 321 or consent of instructor.
Radio-TV-Film 342 3 (crs.)
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 for a capstone production course. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, 260 and RTF 310 or Communication 151, 241 and 321. 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, or Communication 234; Non-RTF students: A 200 level writing course. Special fees may apply.
Radio-TV-Film 345 3 (crs.)
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 or Communication 151, and 201.
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 or Comm 241: 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 & RTF 310 or Communication 201 & 241.
Radio-TV-Film 349 3 (crs.)
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 Communication 201 or consent of instructor for non-RTF majors.
Radio-TV-Film 350 3 (crs.)
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 and RTF 310, or Communication 240. Special fees may apply. (2+2)
Radio-TV-Film 352 3 (crs.)
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, RTF 250 & RTF 260, or Communication 151 & 321; or consent of instructor. Special fees may apply.
Radio-TV-Film 359 2 (crs.)
Audio for Video Techniques
A study of audio production for film and video. All aspects of the audio process will be covered; onset sound, time code and synchronization, Foley-pit techniques, dialog replacement, dialog replacement, DAW lock, MIDI studio lock, noise control/removal, mixing, and use of effects. Cross-listed: Music 359/RTF 359 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: RTF students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120 & 260 or Communication 305; Music students: Music 305. Special course fees may apply. (1+3)
Radio-TV-Film 361 3 (crs.)
Advanced Post Production
This course develops proficiency in advanced editing techniques and motion graphic design through training and the use of Avid and Adobe After Effects. Students will study modern motion graphic design and develop graphic design skills and Post Production techniques in the creation of class projects. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 260 & RTF 310, or Communication 310 & 321. 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 115, RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 260, RTF 305; or consent of instructor.
Radio-TV-Film 370 3 (crs.)
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 Communication 234 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 media industry. Students will research and experience various careers and media companies in the Los Angeles area. Students will network with UW Oshkosh alumni and other media professionals who will share their knowledge and expertise. Note: the credits earned in this course will only count toward the student's university upper level course total required for graduation, and will not be counted as part of the 12 required upper level RTF courses. 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 major or minors 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 or Communication 151. 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 or minors 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 or Communication 151 & 300. (5+15)
Radio-TV-Film 403 1 (crs.)
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 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 or Communication 201 & 151; 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 Communication 201.
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 Communication 151: or 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 Communication 344 or consent of instructor.
Radio-TV-Film 438 3 (crs.)
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 Communication 201 or instructor's consent.
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.)
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 Communication 201 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