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University of Alabama (College of Communication and Information Sciences)




Since 1940, radio, TV and film students have found a home at the University of Alabama. We continue that tradition into the 21st century with superior production and teaching facilities and engaging faculty.

We are not strictly or solely a film department, nor exclusively a broadcast program. Students who major in Telecommunication and Film concentrate on particular areas of study, of which media production (think creative film and television production) is one possible sequence; however, they are required and encouraged to take classes in the other areas of communication as well. This makes our department slightly different in structure and philosophy than some film or media arts department, which may focus more exclusively on film studies and production.

In terms of the production courses -- classes that would be taken by students majoring in the media production sequence -- we have a variety of courses geared specifically towards the production of both television and film. Courses including: television studio production, commercial advertising production, documentary and narrative (fiction) production, editing, screenwriting, videography and screen directing. All of our production courses, whether they are focused around the production of television, documentary or fictional films, use digital video as their medium. We do not offer courses in 16mm or 35mm film production at the University of Alabama.

Our production equipment includes advanced digital video cameras (HDV, DVCAM and DVC-PRO), microphones and audio equipment, a broadcast television studio, professional non-linear (computer) editing systems and a variety of lighting kits and supporting field equipment. This is an exciting time in the Department as we have been rapidly expanding our facilities and equipment resources, including acquiring more cameras and editing suites, retooling our sound studios, introducing HD equipment, etc. We are also fortunate to have the Center for Public Television and Radio and WVUA-7 Television as part of our facilities here in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. These enterprises allow our students to work with professional media producers, earning valuable work experience and course credit in the process.

In general, the sequence of media production courses here is designed to prepare students to work in commercial television, video production houses, documentary production and possibly independent film. This program would also work well for students planning to attend a TV/film school for graduate study. The philosophy, structure and content of our courses are not geared towards training students to work in specific crafts or parts of the industry (i.e., students are not tracked as editors, producers, etc.), but rather to expose the student to all aspects and modes of production.

The Department seeks to nurture the students' creativity and budding artistry as future media makers. To that end, all of the production courses are "hands on," giving the students ample opportunity to produce short video projects or screenplays. Furthermore, we actively encourage students to enter their work in film festivals and competitions or to broadcast pieces on WVUA-TV.

Any student admitted to the University of Alabama can enroll and major in Telecommunication and Film. There is no separate application process or portfolio review.




School name:University of AlabamaCollege of Communication and Information Sciences
Address:Room 484D Reese Phifer Hall
Zip & city:AL 35487-0152 Alabama
Phone:(205) 348-6350
Web:http://www.tcf.ua.edu
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