Television, Radio, Film and Theatre, Department of
The department offers curricula leading to the BA - Radio-Television-Film, BA - Theatre Arts, the BFA Art, Concentration in Animation / Illustration, the MA - Theatre Arts, and a Theatre Emphasis Teaching Credential. Students may advantageously supplement their training in one area with experience in the others. The BA - Theatre Arts degree offers a broadly based liberal arts education and an opportunity for specialized training in acting, directing, playwriting, design/technical theatre and dramatic literature. The BA - Radio-Television-Film offers training and experience in radio, television, film production as well as courses in history, scholarship, and aesthetics of these media. The department operates a full time 24-hour a day radio station, KSJS-FM, providing entertainment, sports and community service to the Bay Area. The MA - Theatre Arts is focused on an interdisciplinary approach to performance which includes seminars and individual studies in theatre, television, radio, film and multimedia. A teaching emphasis in theatre, available through the single subject matter preparation in English, results in a BA - Theatre Arts consisting of an interdisciplinary program with 44 units in theatre and 27 units in English.
The mission of the Department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre is to prepare students for successful careers in film and stage performance and broadcast media. We see this as indistinguishable from our parallel mission: to nurture ethical, thinking and compassionate human beings. To this end, and given our location in the heart of Silicon Valley, all areas of the Department - Animation/ Illustration, Theatre Arts and Radio/Television/Film - are committed to the development of artists, educators and scholars of the highest possible caliber.
The importance of our mission cannot be overstated. The single largest contributor to our nation's GNP is the entertainment industry. America needs college-educated, liberal arts-oriented people in the production and distribution of our cultural artifacts and in control of our cultural dialogue.
As new performance technologies emerge, especially computer-based technologies, our department has responded with education that keeps our students on the cutting edge by applying dramatic performance skills to TV, radio, film and multimedia. Students in our programs use computer hardware and software to create performances meant for mass audiences. Students engage in narrative storytelling using both traditional film and digital video. Students are challenged to consider the theoretical and apply the practical.
For complete details on our programs see the website: www.tvradiofilmtheatre.com
We have a fully operational three camera HD TV Studio, 24/7 Radio Station KSJS-FM, 12 postproduction editing suites, 11 audio editing suites, 1 black box theatre, 1 proscenium theatre (both double as film sound stages), full scene shop and costume shop, lighting and sound production facilities, all supported by an outstanding faculty and staff of artists, managers and technicians.
The RTVF Program students are required to complete an off-campus internship during their junior and/or senior year in order to gain real-world experience and make practical application of what they have learned in major courses. Students are placed in radio and television stations, media production companies and media/communication oriented businesses.
In addition, throughout their academic program, RTVF students are required to contribute specific production, scholarship, and writing assignments to a portfolio that will be organized and prepared for evaluation during the internship course. This portfolio then can be used to secure employment after gaduation.
Television, Radio, Film and Theatre faculty members maintain scholarly and professional involvement across the performance disciplines. Between them, the faculty have published 30 books, three PBS television productions, several feature films, more than 100 articles in scholarly journals or books and have regularly contributed papers, panels and workshops to many professional organizations. Faculty also maintain professional currency as performers, directors, writers, producers, designers, administrators, technicians, consultants and volunteers for Bay Area theatre companies, national and international production companies in theatres, video, film, radio and multimedia.
Public Performances and Production Activity Credit
Production is a vital aspect of each of the department's curricula. Participation in department productions, including plays, touring companies, our award-winning radio station KSJS, and numerous video and film projects, is open to students in all San José State University majors. Roles and technical positions for these productions are assigned through open auditions or through application to the specialists in charge.
Departmental Policy Regarding Admission to Courses
1. Students electing a major in theatre arts or radio-television-film are required to earn at least a "C" in each major course.
2. Theatre arts or radio-television-film majors may repeat a required course for the major twice to pass the course with a grade of "C" or better.
3. Theatre arts or radio-television-film majors will be disqualified from the major upon receiving a grade point average of less than 2.0 for two sequential semesters.
The academic advisor guides the student in selection of course work and assists the student in meeting the academic expectations of the department and the university. Students are encouraged to maintain close contact with their advisor since the shared goal is successful completion of the degree requirements within a reasonable amount of time.
Students must meet with their advisor at least once during their first year in order to register for subsequent years. Students are initially assigned to their advisor by the department office administrator; subsequently, students may change their advisor by mutual consent.
Television, Radio, Film and Theatre Honors Program
The honors program in theatre arts is by invitation to the superior senior student who has achieved a minimum standard of 3.5 GPA in major courses and 3.0 overall and who has made a significant contribution to the major area of study.