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Bachelor of Arts in Television and Film


The B.A. in Television & Film caters to students who wish to pursue careers in the TV/Film industry and/or join graduate programs in media, television and film studies.

The program prepares its students through a liberal arts education, in order to foster cultural, artistic/technical proficiency, and versatility. 


The Bachelor of Arts in TV & Film offers a liberal arts curriculum that prepares students to become creative, skilled, knowledgeable, and ethical communicators ready for careers in both traditional and emerging media, with a particular focus on the Arab region. The program offers students the skills and technical know-how to write, produce, direct and edit for television and film in a wide range of cultural contexts and enables them to be life-long learners, scholars, and critical thinkers who possess innovative and resilient capacities to adapt, succeed, and lead in an ever-changing and diverse global environment.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts in TV and Film seeks to:

  • cultivate in students an appreciation of the creative, artistic, and theoretical aspects of television and film, and an understanding of the cultural, economic, and political contexts that affect media production processes in the Arab region and globally,
  • provide training in the technical and skill-based competencies with a wide range of convergent communication technologies of the 21st century,
  • impart the required research and analytical skills that enable students to pursue future scholarly work and graduate studies, and
  • develop in students the necessary skills to create innovative, ethical, and civically engaged content to communicate with diverse audiences in an increasingly multicultural and global environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.A. in Television & Film, students should be be able to:

  • apply effective communication, collaboration and team-building methods,
  • analyze and discuss key concepts and theories in television and film,
  • comprehend the historical, formal, and artistic development of international motion picture production and Arab film and television,
  • demonstrate an understanding of the functions and roles of a production environment,
  • adapt to trends and technological developments in the field,
  • conduct research using quantitative and qualitative methods of scientific inquiry,
  • produce artistic and original work that reflects a variety of voices, ideas, and traditions through team work, and
  • apply legal and ethical international standards in producing content.


For the B.A. in Television and Film, a student must complete a minimum of 92 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Departmental Core Courses (31 credits)
  • Departmental Professional Electives (12 credits)
  • Departmental Liberal Arts Electives (15 credits)
  • Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Courses (34 credits)

Departmental Core Courses (31 credits)

  • JSC312 Media & Society (3 cr.)
  • JSC419 Media Law & Ethics (3 cr.)
  • JSC451 Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • TVF221 Art of Film (3 cr.)
  • TVF222 Introduction to Audio Visual Media (3 cr.)
  • TVF235 TV Production Principles (3 cr.)
  • TVF316 Script Writing (3 cr.)
  • TVF324 History of Film (3 cr.)
  • TVF328 Film Making Principles (3 cr.)
  • TVF498 Internship (1 cr.)
  • TVF499 Capstone Project (3 cr.)

Departmental Professional Electives (12 credits)

  • JSC232 Photojournalism (3 cr.)
  • JSC332 Audiovisual Reporting (3 cr.)
  • PFA241 Introduction to Acting (3 cr.)
  • PFA342 Principles of Performing Arts Productions (3 cr.)
  • PFA317 Recording & Sound Reinforcement Techniques (3 cr.)
  • TVF310 TV & Film Workshop (3 cr.)
  • TVF317 Editing (3 cr.)
  • TVF318 Sound for Film (3 cr.)
  • TVF322 Visual Effects (3 cr.)
  • TVF421 Documentary Film (3 cr.)
  • TVF441 Cinematography (3 cr.)
  • TVF445 Advanced Cinematography (3 cr.)

Departmental Liberal Arts Electives (15 credits)

  • COM301 Human Communication Theory (3 cr.)
  • COM312 Communication & Gender (3 cr.)
  • COM313 Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)
  • JSC224 Social Media (3 cr.)
  • JSC314 Data and Society (3 cr.)
  • JSC330 Arab & International Media (3 cr.)
  • JSC480 Global Media Literacy (3 cr.)
  • JSC481 Global Change, Cooperation, and News (3 cr.)
  • JSC488 Topics in Media Studies (3 cr.)
  • PFA214 Oriental Music Appreciation (3 cr.)
  • PFA221 Theories of Body in Performance (3 cr.)
  • PFA222 Art of Dance (3 cr.)
  • PFA242 Art of Theater (3 cr.)
  • TVF488 Topics in TV & Film (3 cr.)

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Courses (34 credits)