M.F.A. degree program in television production
HEGIS code 0603
NYS SED program code 84002

The M.F.A. in television production prepares students for professional media careers as writers, producers, directors, and editors. This production-based curriculum exposes students to many program genres including, but not limited to, documentary, drama, news, sports, art and cultural, experimental, and demonstration. Students develop content and produce and direct both single and multiple camera, live switched productions. The M. F. A. program is built on a foundation of production aesthetics, critical analysis, and media literacy. Students are taught how to create programs that inform, entertain, and instruct audiences by interpreting content through a social, political and economic perspective.
Our graduates work as media professionals in broadcast, cable, and institutional production and post-production facilities. Many of our graduates continue their careers as faculty members at the college and university level.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Macias, Miguel Assistant Professor   306 Whitehead Hall mmacias @ brooklyn.cuny.edu email for appointment


Admission Requirements

Department Television And Radio
Fall Application Deadline February 15th
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

- Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Resume.
- Writing sample, such as an essay about media, a scholarly paper or a media script.
- Statement of purpose (500-1000 words) that describes experience, interest, and professional objectives. Working professionals are encouraged to submit examples of creative work (print or electronic).

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 580, 237, 92


Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer a well-rounded undergraduate record of at least a 3.0 GPA that suggests promise as a creative communication professional. Each applicant's record is considered individually in this respect.

Applicants must submit an essay about contemporary media and society such as an original essay written to accompany the application, or a 5 - 10 page scholarly paper that was written as an undergraduate. Alternately, applicants may submit a scholarly paper in any subject related to their undergraduate major. Applicants must also submit a biographical statement of 500 to 1000 words that indicates experience, interest, and professional objectives. This statement should provide background information about the applicant and what he/she hopes to achieve by enrolling in the MFA program. In addition the applicant must submit three letters of recommendation.

Applicants are encouraged to submit examples of creative work (print or electronic) in support of their application. However, previous professional or academic media experience is not required for admission to the program.

Prospective students are welcome to visit campus for a personal interview, to attend a graduate production class, and to meet students and faculty, by contacting the Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies. The department MFA admission committee may require an interview of applicants.

International applicants are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 580 on the paper-based test or 237 on the computer-based test or 92 on the internet-based test, before being considered for admission.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission" of the Graduate Bulletin.

Degree requirements

Forty-nine credits are required for the degree.

At least 40 credits must be taken in the Television and Radio Department. Of the 49 credits, 34 credits must be taken in departmental required Television and Radio courses; the remaining 15 credits are elective, and must be approved in consultation with the director of the M.F.A. program and the graduate deputy chairperson.

Every M.F.A. student shall be required to successfully complete the department's graduate core, and the Television Production specialization courses.

The graduate core consists of: Television and Radio 7701X, to be taken in the first semester, and 7710X, to be taken in the student's final semester of course work. The two courses total 6 credits.

The Television Production specialization for M.F.A. students encompasses the following courses: Television and Radio 7732X, 7752X, 7740G, 7781G, 7782G, 7783G, 7784G, 7851G, 7852G, 7853G, and 7854G, for a total of 28 credits.

The remaining 15 credits are elective. No more than 9 credits of these may be taken in departments outside the Television and Radio Department.

M.F.A. students may offer 3 credits of a Television Production Externship (Television and Radio 7769X) toward the M.F.A. degree. This externship provides on-the-job production experience under the supervision of a selected television professional.

Creative work in the program must culminate in submission of either a finished television program or other creative audiovisual material (e.g., a CD-ROM or a fully developed Web site). The specific parameters of the student's creative thesis project must be formally approved by the director of the M.F.A. program in consultation with the student's faculty adviser. This audiovisual material shall meet the professional production and content standards appropriate for granting a terminal academic degree. The project will be accompanied by a production book acceptable to the department.

Courses in the Television and Radio Department offered toward a degree must be 7000-level courses.