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Television

Overview

Imagine launching your television career in the media capital of the world, working in state-of-the-art facilities under the mentorship of award-winning professors who have years of experience producing some of the industry's best programming. Hofstra's television program, with four degree offerings based on your interests, offers that and more, including numerous opportunities for real-world experience – in the classroom, with campus programming, and through high-profile internships with global media and entertainment giants in nearby New York City, just a quick train ride away. And unlike other schools, you can take advantage of these opportunities starting with your very first semester at Hofstra.

Whether you're interested in the creative or technical side of TV, your Hofstra degree will help you channel your creativity and skills into many career options including television director, producer, scriptwriter, on-screen personality, video editor, videographer, location manager, sound or light technician, set designer, camera operator, production manager, control operator, program researcher, or casting director.

Upon graduation, you'll be ready to work in any professional television setting, coast-to-coast. And with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, you'll also have the flexibility needed to adapt to a constantly changing media landscape. With so many program offerings and such a talented faculty, it's no wonder that Hofstra University's Department of Radio, Television, Film was recently named to Variety magazine's list of the nation's best schools for training media and entertainment professionals.

Curriculum

A television degree from Hofstra lets industry veterans know that you have the skills and experience needed to be a valuable team member as soon as you graduate.

There are four degrees in television to consider:

The BA in Television Production and Studies is for the student who is interested in the creative side of the television industry, from scriptwriting and editing to directing and producing. You can choose from among fundamental and advanced courses in television aesthetics and criticism, shows and showrunners, sitcom production, sports reporting and production, digital editing, lighting, and single- and multi-camera production.

The BS in Video/Television gives you a more takes a more technical, specialized approach to television and video production. Courses include advanced television technologies, multi-camera production, a media production practicum, as well as a science and computer science requirement.

The BS in Video, Television, and Film adds a film component to the video/television degree program, with courses such as advanced theatrical production, screenwriting, and cinematography; this degree also requires a media production practicum and coursework in science and computer science.

The BS in Video, Television, and Business combines an in-depth overview of television production and industry standards with coursework in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business in legal issues, contracts, marketing, and management. If you are interested in working in the business side of the media and entertainment industries, this program will give you the specialized skills and acumen you need to make killer deals.

There also is a minor in Radio, Television, Film.

As a television major, you will learn about:

  • A writing process that can be applied to scripts for numerous formats of television and web media.
  • On-location single camera television production techniques and concepts, including videography techniques, production processes, and post-production methods used to create short-form programming.
  • Advanced operation and production techniques involved in the design and creation of computerized graphics for television.
  • How to report, shoot, write, and edit stories about sports events and figures, primarily on the Hofstra campus, with a focus on developing story ideas as well as providing game coverage.
  • Different roles of the television producer, including concept research and development, budget and finance, writing and pitching proposals, and planning pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.
  • The ethics, responsible decision-making, critical thinking, organizational skills, initiative and resourcefulness needed to work in the television industry.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Hofstra television graduates have earned an enviable reputation in the industry, and many obtain positions with prestigious employers. Others continue their studies at top graduate schools. Recent alumni work on programming such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, PBS News Hour, and America's Got Talent and at prominent companies such as NBC, ABC, HBO, AMC Networks, Netflix, Viacom Media Networks, Google, and Marvel Entertainment. Those pursuing graduate degrees study at Columbia University, New York University, University of Southern California, American Film Institute, Boston University, and elsewhere.

Herbert School of Communication Outcomes

98% are employed, grad school or both
90% accept a position within six months
$40K median salary
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Internships & Experiential Learning

Attending school just 25 miles from the media capital of the world significantly improves your chance of securing valuable internships that are almost sure to advance your career. Whatever your career plans, there are scores of internship possibilities in New York City and on Long Island that offer real-world experiences beyond the classroom.

Students average about three internships during their time at Hofstra. That kind of exposure helps them build professional networks and gain invaluable experience before they even get their degree.

Our students have recently interned with CNN, ABC, Universal Pictures, ESPN, NFL Films, Disney Television Group, iHeartMedia, BBC America, Comedy Central, Discovery Communications, and Lionsgate, among many other prominent companies.

You'll also enhance your education with numerous on-campus opportunities to gain hands-on experience through the HEAT Network, where student-run productions include sports shows (Sports Beat), news programming (Hofstra Today), talk shows (Two Weeks Notice), and sketch comedy and live music (Thursday Night Live).  

You may also want to consider joining Hofstra University's Pride Productions, which produces live online broadcasts of select Hofstra events, including NCAA Division I athletics. Students on this broadcast team work as directors, technical directors, camera crew, and graphics and replay operators, getting hands-on experience with state-of-the art HD broadcast systems.

At the Herbert School, there are more than a dozen award-winning campus outlets and organizations -- including The Hofstra Chronicle newspaper, WRHU 88.7 FM radio station, Required Radio internet station, Long Island Report news website, and Her Campus online magazine  -- where you can explore and work in a variety of mediums covering real-world stories, such as presidential debates (Hofstra is the only university to host three consecutive presidential debates - 2008, 2012 and 2016), White House inaugurations, and the NHL's NY Islanders play-off games.  

A strong alumni network also provides valuable career connections, and many of our television students are hired for internships and jobs by Hofstra graduates working in the field. There are also opportunities for students to network with industry leaders and Hofstra alumni working in all areas of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, and live and work as part of a pro-bono media production team in Rome, the Eternal City.

Facilities

NewsHub

At the Herbert School, you'll learn in and on state-of-the art-production and post-production facilities and equipment.  You can express your creativity, sharpen skills, and network with working professionals starting the moment you step foot on campus.

For classwork, collaborative projects, and extracurricular shows and activities, students have access to three production studios with 4K ultra-high-definition cameras (Hofstra was among the first universities to acquire this equipment), several edit rooms, a color correction suite, a large screening room, and the latest in field/mobile gear.

The NewsHub, a cutting-edge converged newsroom and multimedia classroom, contains Avid Media Composer digital editing software with ENPS integration, Final Cut Pro, ProTools, and the Adobe Media Suite.

Meet NICK PROTO

 
 

A television/video and film major, Nick Proto created his own production company and parlayed an internship with Marvel Entertainment into a full-time job when he graduated in 2017. Watch him talk about his experiences at Hofstra.