Department of Visual & Media Arts

Studio TV Production (BA, BFA)

Jordan Drutman learns lighting, directing

Studio TV Production major Jordan Drutman understands the role of each crew member in the studio. (Filmed and edited by Emerson students.)

This specialization explores the production of multi-camera video in the studio for the creation of television programming, including situation comedies, soap operas, and public affairs programming. Exploration of new multi-camera genres are encouraged. Studies also include television and non-broadcast producing, and the use of studios and soundstages for single-camera production.

Credits: 44 for BA, 60 for BFA (both degrees also include 8 additional upper-level liberal arts credits)


I. Visual and Media Arts Foundations (12 credits)

The Visual and Media Arts Foundations offer students a broad theoretical, historical, and practical introduction to the visual and media arts.

Required Courses

VM 100 History of Media Arts I
VM 101 History of Media Arts II

One of the following:

VM 102 Dimensions of Creativity
VM 120 Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production

II. Introduction to Disciplines (16 credits minimum)

At the Introduction to Disciplines level, students explore one or more of the department’s main discipline areas.

Required Courses

VM 200 Media Criticism and Theory
VM 241 Introduction to Studio TV Production

At least one of the following:

VM 202 Critical Listening
VM 220 Writing the Short Subject
VM 221 Writing the Feature Film
VM 222 Writing for Television

At least one of the following:

VM 204 Topics in Media Arts: Practice
VM 230 Introduction to Film Production
VM 231 Intermediate Film Production
VM 240 Introduction to Video Field Production
VM 250 Introduction to Sound Principles and Audio Production
VM 251 Location Sound Recording
VM 260 Introduction to Interactive Media
VM 261 Computer Animation
VM 331 Topics in Visual and Media Arts: Practice

III. Specializations

At least one of the following:

VM 377 Documentary Production Workshop
VM 440 Advanced Studio Production: Fiction
VM 441 Advanced Studio Production: Nonfiction

At least one of the following:

VM 322 Comedy Writing for Television
VM 338 Performance for Television
VM 423 Writing Television Pilots
VM 440 Advanced Studio Production: Fiction
VM 441 Advanced Studio Production: Nonfiction
VM 445 Advanced TV Production Workshop
VM 477 Producing for Television and Non-Broadcast Media

At least one of the following:

VM 402 Seminar in Media Arts Topics
VM 409 Seminar in Western Art
VM 410 Seminar in Non-Western Art

Required Courses

One additional advanced visual and media studies course numbered VM 300-315, 400-418, or 500-519.

In addition to the General Education and major requirements, all students are required to complete at least two courses at the 300 or 400 level from the following Liberal Arts areas:

  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Ethics, Philosophy, or Religion
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • TH 304, 313, 315
  • VM 315, 409, 410

Recommended Electives

VM 323 Writing Primetime Drama
VM 370 Business Concepts for Modern Media

Advanced Visual and Media Arts Workshop

Students may apply to take the Advanced Visual and Media Arts Workshop. Two semesters are mandatory for BFA. Optional for BA.

For specific course prerequisites, please consult the Undergraduate Catalogue.

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Equipment Distribution Center

The Equipment Distribution Center's State-of-the-Art Equipment

The Emerson College Equipment Distribution Center (EDC) loans professional, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to faculty and students to fulfill class assignments. Professional staff and student employees are available to provide technical support when needed. It includes the Film Equipment Center and the Video, Audio, New Media Equipment Centers.