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Radio, Television, Film Chair's Welcome

Phil K ProfileWelcome to the Department of Radio/ Television/ Film (RTVF), one of the largest departments on the Hofstra campus, housed in The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.

As Chairperson of the department, I have the pleasure of introducing you to our many academic programs, and hopefully interest you in considering Hofstra for your future studies, whether you’re a high school student beginning your search for a four-year program, a transfer student looking to shift your focus somewhat, or a college graduate of another institution with a strong desire to pursue a Master’s degree in documentary production.

Because it is my firm belief that it is the character, intelligence and creativity of the people in an institution that ultimately have the greatest impact on students during their college careers, in describing the many attributes of the RTVF Department, I always point first to my outstanding colleagues who teach our broad array of production and studies courses in all three academic programs.  I encourage you to look at the faculty bios to see the depth of the Professors guiding you through your college experience.  They are all multiple award-winning professionals.  Their unique experiences, insights, and yes, professional contacts, are shared daily with students in small and mid-sized classes, allowing for a unique interaction that results in a mentoring process that is nourished throughout the four-year college experience. We are fully committed to preparing students for the revolutionary transformations occurring in mass communication in the 21st Century.

Incorporating the latest media production technology within a rigorous liberal arts framework designed to intellectually challenge students, our academic programs provide you with countless opportunities to express yourself creatively and responsibly through radio, television, and film which today of course includes the tremendous distribution and exhibition possibilities of digital, online/mobile media.

Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in our three primary areas: Audio/Radio, Video/Television, or Film Studies and Production. We also offer a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Video/Television, Video/Television and Film, or Video/Television and Business.

In all our academic programs, we give considerable attention to the art of storytelling and the development of powerful, relevant and original content, while at the same time, emphasizing the importance of understanding the long historical traditions of each medium, and the theoretical frames in which they function. Depending on your major area of study within the department, you will become immersed in a broad array of creative processes, including single and multi-camera productions, post-production using advanced digital media software, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools, cinematography, the art of film editing, graphic design, sound design, and producing, directing, and writing for radio, television, film, and online media.

We enthusiastically welcome the responsibility, and the privilege, of working with you in this challenging endeavor in the very near future. Please feel free to contact me for more information via email or feel free to give me a call at (516) 463-6579.

With warm regards,
Phil Katzman, MA, BA, Associate Professor
Chairperson, Department of Radio, Television, Film (RTVF)
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication