Master's Degree Programs in Television Production

Find out about the classes and requirements for master's programs that could prepare you for television production careers. Get information about career options and the tasks performed in those jobs. Schools offering Radio Broadcasting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Master's Degrees in Television Production Are Available?

You could pursue a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Television Production. Degree programs that offer similar coursework include an MFA in Production with a specialization in Directing and an MFA in Motion Picture Producing. Most programs ask prospective students to submit samples of their work; this might include a written dialogue scene, a series of photographs or a short film. Other admissions prerequisites include completion of a bachelor's degree and submission of a statement explaining your goals as an MFA student. You can usually earn an MFA in 2-3 years. Due to the hands-on nature of the curriculum, most programs are campus-based.

Degree OptionsFilm and Televison Production, Production: Direction specialization, Motion Picture Producing
CourseworkMedia history, film appreciation, broadcasting law, sound editing, screenwriting
Possible CareersFilm or television producer, screenwriter, director
Median Salary (2018)$71,680* (for producers and directors)
Job Outlook (2016-26)12% growth* (for all producers and directors)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

You might explore topics like media history, film appreciation, broadcasting law, sound editing and screenwriting. You'll also learn how to edit footage using software programs like Final Cut Pro. Extensive collaboration on film projects with classmates is often required; most programs expect students to plan and produce a film in order to graduate. Additional business-related courses may include finance in the television industry, project budgets, contracts and distribution rights.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Earning an MFA could lead to work as a film or television producer, screenwriter or director. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), producers read and select scripts, create production budgets and work closely with directors to choose appropriate actors and filming locations ( Screenwriters create scripts or screenplays that include dialogue, scene descriptions and instructions for lighting as well as camera angles. These professionals may augment a script according to the needs of a producer or director. Job duties for directors usually include supervising set designers and lighting coordinators, interpreting the screenplay for a film or TV show and auditioning actors.

The BLS notes that a high level of competition exists for jobs in the entertainment industry, particularly in production, directing and screenwriting. Aspiring applicants usually have years of experience in their particular field. For example, a screenwriter may begin his or her career as a freelance writer or editor; some directors have experience as assistant directors.

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