Graduate Coordinator: Betsy Blosser
Associate Professor—Blosser, Reist
Assistant Professors—Guy, Shrivastava
Lecturers—Eyal, Gutierrez, Khani
M.A. in Radio and Television
The B.A. program includes a core requirement drawn from classes in the history and structure of electronic media in the United States, media aesthetics, media research, audio and video production, media ethics and regulation, mass communication theory and criticism, and writing and performance for the electronic media. In addition, students may elect to pursue one of the eight areas of emphasis within the department: audio production, broadcast news production, business aspects of the electronic media, educational and instructional media, mass communication theory and criticism, radio production and programming, television/video production, and writing for the electronic media, or they can design an individualized area of emphasis in consultation with a department adviser.
The M.A. program reflects a comprehensive view of the communication disciplines with an integration of theory and practice. Interested students will find emphases in media aesthetics, production, writing, management, and mass communication theory and criticism. Equal emphasis is placed upon creativity and scholarship and all candidates are expected to achieve distinction in both of these areas. The faculty and staff consider the master's candidate a colleague in the pursuit of knowledge, and a mature partnership is a key goal of the program.
Two important co-curricular activities are open to students of the BECA Department. KSFS, the campus radio station, is carried to campus and dormitory locations by wire and is distributed in San Francisco on stereo cable. The Television Center produces newscasts, dramas, interviews, musical performances, and other productions for campus distribution through closed-circuit television and for distribution to the San Francisco community through SFSU's cable television channel 49. Collegiate chapters of the Audio Engineering Society, College Students in Broadcasting (an affiliate of American Women in Radio and Television), International Students in Broadcasting, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers provide opportunities for service and fellowship in the department and in the professional community. The San Francisco Bay Area provides a wealth of media organizations that cooperate with the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department in a large, active internship program.
The sheer interest in and attraction to recent advances in media technology and how such technology can be used to solve communication problems in the information age in which we now live has expanded the job possibilities in the field. With the continued convergence of audio, video, and computer technologies, graduates of the department are finding increasing job opportunities in the areas of telecommunications, interactive video, and multimedia.
Many graduates of the department continue their education and pursue advanced degrees in mass communication or related fields. Students with the appropriate credential or graduate degrees in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts may teach in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, or universities. A significant number of the department's M.A. graduates have competed successfully for admission to the leading doctoral programs in the field of mass communication.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RADIO AND TELEVISION
Students majoring in radio and television are encouraged to take additional course work in other disciplines related to their program of study in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts.
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
Prerequisite Core Units BECA 200 Introduction to Electronic Communication 3 BECA 300 Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Research 3 BECA 340 Media Aesthetics 3 Total for prerequisite core 9 Core Foundation Areas Units selected from the following areas. At least one course or course sequence must be taken in each of the four areas: 16 Audio and Video Production BECA 230 Audio Production and BECA 231 Audio Laboratory (1) BECA 240 Video Production and BECA 241 Video Laboratory (1) Regulatory, Economic, and Ethical Perspectives BECA 324 Law and Regulation of the Electronic Media BECA 423 Economic Aspects of Electronic Media BECA 460 Introduction to News on Broadcast and Electronic Media Mass Communication Theory and Criticism BECA 321 Analysis of the Public Arts BECA 422 Social Aspects of Electronic Media Writing and Performance for Electronic Media BECA 350 Media Performance BECA 370 Writing for the Electronic Media Total for core 25 Electives in an Area of Emphasis 20 Units chosen from courses in BECA or other allied departments with approval of a BECA faculty adviser. Units from core courses not used to fulfill core requirements in any of the areas listed above may be counted as electives in an area of emphasis with the approval of a BECA faculty adviser. Minimum total for the major 45
BECA 230, 231, 330, 335, 430, 433, 530, 533, 535, 576, DAI 332, and/or other courses by advisement
Broadcast News Production
BECA 460, 462, 550, 560, 561, 562, 576, 660, 661, 665, and/or other courses by advisement
Business Aspects of Electronic Media
BECA 324, 415, 423, 427, 523, 576, 623, and/or other courses by advisement
Educational and Instructional Media
BECA 370, 425, 426, 487, 526, 546, 576, 580, 625, 626, 630, 642, and/or other courses by advisement
Mass Communication Theory and Criticism
BECA 322, 324, 421, 422, 460, 485, 487, 490, 500, 526, 576, 600, and/or other courses by advisement
Radio Production and Programming
BECA 230, 231, 310, 320, 410, 415, 510, 576, 665, and/or other courses by advisement
BECA 240, 241, 348, 370, 415, 425, 426, 440, 462, 515, 541, 545, 546, 547, 555, 562, 576, 580, 640, 645, 646, 647, 648, 655, and/or other courses by advisement
Writing for the Electronic Media
BECA 370, 470, 560, 561, 570, 576, and/or other courses by advisement
MASTER OF ARTS IN RADIO AND TELEVISION
While students are not normally considered for spring semester admission, in unusual circumstances exceptions may be considered by the BECA graduate council. Requests for a waiver of the Fall only admissions policy should be made in writing to the BECA graduate coordinator, together with supporting materials.
Applicants must meet all university requirements for admission, and must also submit to the BECA graduate coordinator: (1) BECA Department graduate application; (2) applicant's statement of purpose in pursuing the M.A. degree; (3) three letters of recommendation, preferably from former teachers; (4) transcripts of all previous college work; (5) current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Students who have English as a second language and whose formal education was in a language other than English must supply the department and the university with the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in lieu of GRE scores.
Before applying to either the university or the department, send for descriptive materials about the program and details on how to apply. Write to: Graduate Coordinator, BECA Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.
Although undergraduate preparation in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts is desirable, students from other academic disciplines who have demonstrated interest in the electronic media may apply. In most cases, these students are required to take up to fourteen (14) units of the following undergraduate courses as prerequisites: BECA 200, 230, 231, 240, 241, and 340. These courses may not be used as part of the Graduate Approved Program. Students admitted to the program are admitted in conditionally classified status. Students must advance to classified status by: (1) completing or demonstrating knowledge of the content of the prerequisite courses; (2) completing BECA 700 with a grade of C or better; and (3) passing the Graduate Essay Test (GET), thus completing the first level written English proficiency requirement.
Upper division courses not used to satisfy undergraduate deficiencies are acceptable as electives on approval.
Core Requirements Units BECA 700 Introduction to Graduate Study (taken in first semester) 3 BECA 702 Ethics and Responsibility in the Electronic Media 3 One of the following courses 3 BECA 701 Formula and Creativity in the Public Arts BECA 703 Seminar in Theory and Research BECA 706 Seminar in Media Aesthetics and Production Theory Other Requirements Electives: upper division (300 and above) or graduate courses in BECA or other departments as approved by the graduate adviser 6 One of the following options: 15 Thesis Option Three graduate-level courses, excluding BECA 700, 702, 894, 896, 897, 898, and the 700-level course used to fulfill the theory and methods requirement within the core, as approved by the graduate major adviser (9); BECA 897 Research for Thesis and Creative Project Proposals (3); and BECA 898 Master's Thesis (3) Written Comprehensive Examination Option Four graduate-level courses, excluding BECA 700, 702, 894, 896, 898, and the 700-level course used to fulfill the theory and methods requirement within the core, as approved by the graduate major adviser (12); BECA 896 Readings for the Written Comprehensive Examination (3); and Master's Written Comprehensive Examination Creative Project Option Three graduate-level courses, excluding BECA 700, 702, 894, 896, 897, 898, and the 700-level course used to fulfill the theory and methods requirement within the core, as approved by the graduate major adviser (9); BECA 897 Research for Thesis and Creative Project Proposals (3); and BECA 894 Creative Work Project (3) Minimum total 30Thirty credits are a minimum for graduation. Because of individual student background, needs, interests, and adviser recommendations, the graduate student may be required to complete more than 30 credit units.
The culminating experience may be completed through one of three options, described below. Students must consult with an adviser before determining which of the three options they will pursue.
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