Undergraduate Programs in

Television

Whether you want to take a creative, technical, or business approach to your television career, launch it in the media capital of the world, under the mentorship of professors who have produced some of the industry's best programming.

Curriculum

The BA, BS, or BFA? Choose from five degree options based on your interests.

The BA in Television Production and Studies focuses on the creative side of the television industry, from scriptwriting and editing to directing and producing. Choose from 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 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 legal issues, contracts, marketing, and management. If you are interested in working on the business side of media and entertainment, this program will give you the specialized skills and acumen you need to make killer deals.

The BFA in Writing for the Screen provides instruction for dramatic writers across all platforms, offering deep study in professional writing practice in pre-professional settings, to prepare our graduates to excel in “writing rooms” for all manner of screen media, new and old. As various streaming services emerge and thrive, the demand for new material continues to escalate, and our BFA program is designed to prepare students for this exciting new media landscape. 

 

Learn from Experts

Learn from highly respected professionals in the industry, including Professor Geoffrey Tarson, an accomplished television writer who has worked for NBC and The Disney Channel and written more than 20 produced scripts. He was named to Variety magazine’s 2020 list of top educators around the world, and teaches in the new BFA in Writing for the Screen program. 

The Student Experience

Explore potential career paths, develop valuable workplace skills, and build a network of professional contacts through internships, study abroad, campus media outlets, and student organizations. 

Student interning at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Students have recently interned at:

  • HBO
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Viacom Media Networks
  • The Walt Disney Company
student in tv studio

Gain hands-on experience:

More than a dozen campus media outlets include Hofstra Entertainment Access Television (HEAT), a student-run network that produces dozens of original programs each year.  

Student taking a photo in Rome.

Go global:

Journey beyond the classroom and experience RomeCubaLos Angeles, and NYC through the Herbert School's study away programs. 

The Outlook

You will be prepared for many career options such as 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. Among graduates of television production and studies: 

 

 

92%

job, grad school, or both

94%

accepted a job within six months of graduation 

$57K

Mean salary within one year of graduation

Alumni Success

Recent alumni work at prominent companies such as MSG Networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Netflix, CNN, and Showtime Networks.

Others continue their studies at top graduate schools including  George Washington University, New York University, Rutgers University, and elsewhere.

 

State of the Art Learning Spaces

Learn and create with the latest in field/mobile gear and in state-of-the-art spaces that include three production studios with 4K ultra-high-definition cameras, several edit rooms, a post-production color correction suite, Foley/ADR audio studio, and a large screening room.

Seriously Entertaining

Channel your creativity and learn the skills that will prepare you to work in any professional setting, coast to coast. 

students working in the television studio

Questions about our program?

Contact Us

Rodney Hill, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Radio, Television, Film

rodney.f.hill@hofstra.edu

(516) 463-7038

 

Randal Hillebrand, MBA

Adjunct Associate Professor and Television Area Coordinator 

randall.k.hillebrand@hofstra.edu  

(516) 463-5205