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Bachelor of Arts in Television and Film

Overview

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. 

Mission

The Bachelor of Arts in TV & Film offers a liberal arts and sciences 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:

  1. 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,
  2. provide training in the technical and skill-based competencies with a wide range of convergent communication technologies of the 21st century,
  3. impart the required research and analytical skills that enable students to pursue future scholarly work and graduate studies, and
  4. 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:

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

Curriculum

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 General Electives (15 credits)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Courses (30 credits)
  • Free Electives (4 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  Broadcast Journalism (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 General 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 and Sciences (LAS) Courses (30 credits)

  • Courses in the major cannot be counted towards the 24 LAC elective credits.

Free Electives (4 credits)

Study Plan

Important: English Level

The below 3-year study plans are based on the English level at which the student started: ENG009, ENG101, or ENG102. Please choose the right study plan according to your English level.

Students starting in Byblos

Students who start in Byblos may complete the first 3-4 semesters in Byblos. For the last 3-4 semesters, they need to transfer to the Beirut camps and complete their program there. Or they can split their courses between Beirut (T-TH) and Byblos (MWF). The department will try its best to schedule all required second/third year courses in Beirut on Tuesday-Thursday to limit the number of visits Byblos students need to make.

Students starting as of Fall 2018

Students who started their study as of Fall 2018 follow LAS Curriculum A. As such, the following courses no longer count toward LAS: ETH201, HLT201, PED elective. Instead of these courses, students who start as of Fall 2018 get an extra free elective. This is marked in the study plan in the last semester: LAS (or Free Elective if you started in Fall 2018).

 

For Students Starting at ENG009 Remedial English

Year One

Fall (13 credits)

  • ENG009 Remedial English (0 cr.)
  • TVF222 Introduction to Audiovisual Media (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS (ARA) Course (3 cr.)
  • CSC201 Computer Applications (1 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • TVF221 Art of Film 1 (3 cr.)
  • TVF235 TV Production Principles (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • ENG101 Academic English I (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course2 (1 cr.)

Summer (6 credits)

  • ENG102 Academic English II (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)

Year Two

Fall (16 credits)

  • TVF316 Script Writing (3 cr.)
  • TVF324 History of Film (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • ENG202 Advanced Academic English (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course2 (1 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • TVF328 Film Making Principles (3 cr.)
  • JSC312 Media & Society (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course2 (1 cr.)

Summer (1 credit)

  • TVF98 Internship (1 cr.)

Year Three

Fall (15 credits)

  • JSC451 Media Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • JSC419 Media Law & Ethics (3 cr.)
  • TVF499 Capstone (3 cr.)
  • LAS Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 cr.)

Spring (15 credits)

  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)

 

For Students Starting at ENG101 Academic English I/ ENG102 Academic English II

Year One

Fall (16 credits)

  • TVF221 Art of Film 1 (3 cr.)
  • TVF222 Introduction to Audiovisual Media (3 cr.)
  • ENG101 Academic English I (3 cr.) [for students starting at ENG101]/ ENG102 Academic English II (3 cr.) [for students starting at ENG102]
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS (ARA) Course (3 cr.)
  • CSC201 Computer Applications (1 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • TVF235 TV Production Principles (3 cr.)
  • JSC312 Media & Society (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • ENG102 Academic English II (3 cr.) [for students starting at ENG101]/ ENG202 Advanced Academic English (3 cr.) [for students starting at ENG102]
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course2 (1 cr.)

Summer (3 credits)

  • ENG202 Advanced Academic English4 (3 cr.)

Year Two

Fall (16 credits)

  • TVF316 Script Writing (3 cr.)
  • TVF324 History of Film (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course2 (1 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • TVF328 Film Making Principles (3 cr.)
  • JSC419 Media Law & Ethics (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course2 (1 cr.)

Summer (1 credit)

Year Three

Fall (15 credits)

  • JSC451 Media Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • TVF499 Capstone (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Professional Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)

Spring (15 credits)

  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • TVF Departmental Liberal Art Elective (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)
  • LAS Course (3 cr.)

With prerequisite override/ Students can take this course in fall and substitute it for a LAS course in Spring. Students should consult their advisor on this matter first.

2 Students who started as of Fall 2018 get a free elective instead of these 3 credits, as PED elective, HLT201 and ETH201 are no longer required for them. 

3 Or the student can take this course in spring and substitute it for a LAS course in Fall. Students should consult their advisor on this matter first.

Students who start at ENG101 may take ENG202 in the following Fall with a heavier course load (18 credits) if they do not wish to take summer courses. Those who start at ENG102 do not need to take any course in summer of year one.