BS Emphasis in Production

BS Emphasis in Production

The emphasis in production prepares students for professions in television, film and new media. The emphasis also serves those in occupations where extensive knowledge is required of message design for these media and their various distribution systems. This program focuses on skills required for careers as producers, directors, art directors, cinematographers, editors, production assistants, and writers, as well as emerging careers in new media production.

Review the Undergraduate Degree Learning Outcomes

COVID-19: Updated TFM Portfolio Guidelines FAQ

Updated TFM Petition Portfolio Guidelines FAQ (revised 3/20/20)

In response to SDSU’s move toward virtual adoption and California’s state-wide “stay-at-home” order, TFM has updated the Petition Portfolio guidelines.

Please read this FAQ thoroughly, carefully…

Q: What are the essential changes?

There are three changes:

1. Digital Submissions Only

All portfolio submissions, including all individual elements must be submitted digitally for evaluation. We will not accept or evaluate any elements that are physically mailed, delivered or dropped off.
The two letters of recommendation are welcomed but optional (not required). We will review Letters of Recommendation as “supplemental” material for your Portfolio. Additional emphasis will be placed on the written story treatment.

2. Letters of Recommendation are Optional

3. “Visual Creative Work” Definition and Creation guidelines

The creative element should be self-made, and it is not limited to film/video. This is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their personal creative potential. We don’t want to see group collaboration. If you have already completed a film production, you can submit it; however if you are planning to film with a group in a shared physical space, DON’T.

All types of creative work will receive equitable consideration. The point of this criteria is for the students to demonstrate creative potential, and there are many aspects of production that require creativity, but don’t require group collaboration (cinematography, visual design, writing, editing, sound, special effects, animation, animatics, storyboarding, previsualizations…)

And you’re welcome to use other media you feel best captures and represents your creative potential (painting, sculpture, multimedia, radio drama, etc.)

We’re encouraging petitioners to flex your imagination. These guidelines present limitations. But much of production is about daily problem solving. Be open to different creative modes of production.

Use these limitations to show off what you are made of.

Q: But I completed my film work before the virtual transition. Can I still submit my work?

Yes, if you completed your production before our campus’s transition to virtual platforms, you can submit your work and it will receive equitable evaluation. Any additional post-production needs must be completed by the individual creative at home.

Q: I prepped my production but wasn’t able to film it before the virtual transition, what can I do?

For petitioners impacted by the SDSU virtual transition, and were unable to complete your films. You can submit items that support your film productions including the scripts, storyboards, production plans of the work in development. Or make a new film at home.

Q: Is there a change in the deadline for submission of my Petition Portfolio?

The deadline has not changed. The final deadline for the digital submission of your petition portfolio is 3:30 pm, Monday, April 13th, 2020.

Q: When will we receive the results?

Petitioners will receive results via email by Tuesday, April 28th.

Q: Can I submit my Petition Portfolio by mail or drop it off on campus?

No, all portfolio elements must be submitted digitally. If you were planning to submit physical designs, storyboards, photographs, paintings, models, sculptures, take digital photos and upload the photos in your CourseSites application.

Q: Are there any changes in what’s required before I can request to apply?

There are no changes in the requirements or procedures for submitting your “Request to Apply” form (initiating your petition portfolio process).

You are allowed to submit your Petition Portfolio when you have met the following criteria:
Angie Parkhurst will email you an invitation to the Blackboard site coursesites.com where your application area will show up in the “Applicants” tab on the left side of the page.

  1. Complete TFM 160 and THEA 100 with a grade of B or higher. These classes must be completed with grades on file prior to submitting your portfolio.
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 college semester units.
  3. Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher.
  4. Submit the program REQUEST TO APPLY form:
    • Download the form, and edit in Adobe Acrobat
    • Save your file as a pdf including your last name in the saved file name (e.g. “Request_to_Apply_Fellini”)
    • Send your completed file as an attachment to Angie Parkhurst at aparkhur@sdsu.edu< aparkhur@sdsu.edu

After logging into the TFM Petitions Blackboard/Coursesites, you should open the “Information” tab and download the TFM Production Emphasis Application Form. It is highly recommended you download and fill out the application using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

You may use the Blackboard/Coursesites File Exchange Area to upload your completed application and related files.

Q: Are there any other changes to what’s included in the Petition Portfolio?

The two major changes are with the Visual Creative Work and Letters of Recommendation. With Letters of Recommendations designated as optional, additional emphasis will be placed on the story treatment.

The required elements are:

  1. Submit a personal statement.
  2. Submit samples of visual creative work
  3. Submit a story treatment for a 1-3 minute production. This written treatment should demonstrate feasible visual storytelling with little or no dialog.
  4. Include transcript(s) (unofficial is fine) from all colleges attended, to confirm your GPA, and completion of required coursework/grades (TFM 160, THEA 100, or equivalent)
  5. For Transfer Students: Your letter of acceptance to SDSU.

Any questions? Visit the TFM Virtual Major Advising Page to see the TFM Undergraduate Adviser, Stuart Voytilla:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q4Y21Rv4Xo_ADk7rX2Qq76s36U_8iFMrGOprIqSI4pw/edit?usp=sharing

Or email Stuart Voytilla directly at: svoytilla@sdsu.edu




How to Apply

Cal State Apply Window: October 1 - November 30

To apply for undergraduate admission to SDSU, you need to apply online at CalState Apply.

At the time of the application, select your Pre-Major as “Television, Film, and New Media (Production Emphasis).”

For deadlines for the upcoming term(s), please refer to the university’s Office of Admissions website and How and When to Apply page.

Advancing into the Television, Film, and New Media Program:

The emphasis in production is designated as an impacted program. The School of Theatre, Television and Film limits enrollment in order to maintain the recognized quality of our programs and to ensure reasonable affordability in terms of student finances and time spent from admission to graduation. Entrance into the major is competitive. Only students with outstanding academic records and demonstrated creativity in related fields are encouraged to petition.

Upon initial admittance to the TFM Program, students are designated as “pre-majors”.

To be considered for advancement into the Television, Film, and New Media major with an emphasis in production, students must meet the following criteria:

PREPARATION for the major: Lower Division courses (15 units):

  • TFM 160, Theatre 100 must be completed with a grade of B or higher
  • TFM 110, Theatre 120 must be completed with a grade C or higher
  • and 3 units from ART 157, 258, 259, MUSIC 151, Theatre 115 or 130
  • These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC)

SUBMISSION of the TFM Petition Portfolio to be evaluated by the TFM screening committee.
You are allowed to submit your Petition Portfolio when you have met the following criteria:

  1. Complete TFM 160 and THEA 100 with a grade of B or higher. These classes must be completed with grades on file prior to submitting your portfolio.
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 college semester units.
  3. Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher.
  4. Submit the program REQUEST TO APPLY form:
    • Download the form, and edit in Adobe Acrobat
    • Save your file as a pdf including your last name in the saved file name (e.g. “Request_to_Apply_Fellini”)
    • Send your completed file as an attachment to Angie Parkhurst at aparkhur@sdsu.edu

When do I submit my Petition Portfolio?

The procedures for submission of the Petition Portfolio depend upon your admission to SDSU.

For Freshman Applicants: You do not submit a Petition Portfolio as part of the application process for admission to SDSU. Follow the “Successful Steps for Advancing in the TFM Production Major” for Second-Semester Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors.

For Transfer Applicants: You will submit your Petition Portfolio at the time of your acceptance to SDSU. After receiving your official acceptance letter, you will submit your Petition Portfolio to the Television, Film, and New Media program in the April submission group (due by 3:30pm on the 2nd Monday of April). You may not submit a portfolio if you have been denied admission to SDSU. You may petition once more after your transfer if your first portfolio is denied.

For Second-Semester Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors: If you have completed all prerequisites, you may submit portfolios by the following deadlines:

    For advancement in the Fall semester - 2nd Monday in April, before 3:30 p.m.
    For advancement in the Spring semester - 2nd Monday in October, before 3:30 p.m.

The earliest you can submit your portfolio is during your second semester as a Freshman. To stay on track with a four-year graduation plan, it is advised you submit your portfolio during your Sophomore year.

What is included in the Petition Portfolio?

The TFM Petition Portfolio includes the following requirements:

  1. Submit a personal statement.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation (letters must be signed and dated).
  3. Submit samples of visual creative work (film/video)
  4. Submit a story treatment for a 1-3 minute production.
  5. Include transcript(s) (unofficial is fine) from all colleges attended.
  6. Transfer students must include your letter of acceptance to SDSU.

See “Portfolio Required Materials” for descriptions of these portfolio elements.

How many times can I petition?

SDSU students are permitted to petition for the TFM major TWICE. If your petition has been denied, please see your TFM Major adviser, Stuart Voytilla (svoytilla@sdsu.edu). Together you will go over the committee’s feedback to address ways to strengthen your petition for a second submission.

Incomplete petition portfolios will not be reviewed nor will they count as a petitioning attempt.

For more information contact the advisor:

Stuart Voytilla
619-594-1375
svoytilla@sdsu.edu
DA 204

Advancing into the TFM Production Major

For Transfer Applicants

Acceptance into the TFM program as a Transfer Applicant is a two-step process:

  1. Apply to SDSU in October or November for admission into the following Fall Semester. Complete all initial and supplemental application requests from SDSU’s Office of Admissions. Visit the step-by-step breakdown: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/transfers/apply/steps_to_apply
  2. After you receive your letter of acceptance in early Spring, you’ll submit your Petition Portfolio online as follows:

Submit a REQUEST TO APPLY form to Angie Parkhurst, aparkhur@sdsu.edu. Important, the completed form must be submitted as a PDF file for successful processing.

  1. Download “Request_to_Apply.pdf” and open it directly in Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out
  2. Save your file as a pdf including your last name in the saved file name (e.g. “Request_to_Apply_Fellini”)
  3. Send your completed file as an attachment to Angie Parkhurst, aparkhur@sdsu.edu

Angie Parkhurst will email you an invitation to the Blackboard site coursesites.com where your application area will show up in the “Applicants” tab on the left side of the page.

After logging into the TFM Petitions Blackboard/Coursesites, you should open the “Information” tab and download the TFM Production Emphasis Application Form. It is highly recommended you download and fill out the application using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

You may use the Blackboard/Coursesites File Exchange Area to upload your completed application and related files.

The deadline for submitting your TFM petition portfolio is the second Monday of April (3:30 pm San Diego Time).

This portfolio is not supplemental material for the university; it is only for the School of Theatre, Television, and Film.

Preparation for submitting the portfolio requires the completion (with minimum B grades) of two of the pre-major courses (or their articulated equivalents at a community college):

  • TFM 160 - (Cinema as Art)
  • THEA 100 - (Art of Theatre)

These two classes (or their equivalents) need to be completed with grades recorded before you can submit your petition portfolio. To verify whether your California community college courses are articulated equivalents, please visit the following resources:

The other preparation courses could also be taken at a local community college before you apply:

Lower Division courses: 15 Units

  • TFM 110 - Writing for Television and Film (requires grade of C or higher)
  • THEA 120 - Heritage of Storytelling (requires grade of C or higher)

And 3 units (one course) chosen from:

  • THEA 115 - Acting for Non-majors
  • THEA 130 - Acting I
  • ART 157 - Introduction to Art
  • ART 258 - Introduction to Art History I
  • ART 259 - Introduction to Art History II
  • MUSIC 151 - Introduction to Music

If you haven’t completed the other preparation courses before your admittance to SDSU, you would need to complete the courses during your fall semester at SDSU.

For Second-Semester Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors:

To be considered for advancement into the Television, Film, and New Media major with an emphasis in production, students must meet the following criteria:

PREPARATION for the major: Lower Division courses: (15 units)

  • TFM 160, Theatre 100 must be completed with a grade of B or higher
  • TFM 110, Theatre 120 must be completed with a grade C or higher
  • and 3 units from ART 157, 258, 259, MUSIC 151, Theatre 115 or 130
    These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC)

SUBMISSION of the TFM Petition Portfolio to be evaluated by the TFM screening committee. You are allowed to submit your Petition Portfolio when you have met the following criteria:

  1. Complete TFM 160 and THEA 100 with a grade of B or higher. These classes must be completed with grades on file prior to submitting your portfolio.
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 college semester units.
  3. Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher.

The earliest you can submit your portfolio is during your second semester as a Freshman. To stay on track with a four-year graduation plan, it is advised you submit your portfolio during your Sophomore year.

Submitting Your Portfolio:

Students who meet the above requirements will submit a REQUEST TO APPLY form to Angie Parkhurst, aparkhur@sdsu.edu. Important, the completed form must be submitted as a PDF file for successful processing.

  1. Download “Request_to_Apply.pdf” and open it directly in Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out
  2. Save your file as a pdf including your last name in the saved file name (e.g. “Request_to_Apply_Fellini”)
  3. Send your completed file as an attachment to Angie Parkhurst, aparkhur@sdsu.edu

Angie Parkhurst will send you an invitation to the Blackboard site coursesites.com where your application area will show up in the “Applicants” tab on the left side of the page.

After logging into the TFM Petitions Blackboard/Coursesites, you should open the “Information” tab and download the TFM Production Emphasis Application Form. It is highly recommended you download and fill out the application using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

You may use the Blackboard/Coursesites File Exchange Area to upload your completed application and related files. Depending on the program you use to fill out the form, you can either use the scroll bars or arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate within the large text boxes.




Portfolio Required Materials

The following material is required for the successful submission of the TFM Petition Portfolio:

  1. A personal statement. Included in the TFM Production Emphasis Application form.
  2. A creative story treatment for a 1-3 min production (fiction or nonfiction). Included in the form.
  3. Samples of visual creative work. Linked in the form, uploaded to Blackboard/Coursesites, or submitted separately. Two contrasting works (recommended), combined total time ten minutes.
  4. Transcripts (may be unofficial) from all colleges attended. Uploaded to Blackboard/Coursesites.
  5. Two letters of recommendation (must be signed and dated). Emailed by the recommenders directly to tfmproduction@sdsu.edu Please ask your recommenders to put your name in the subject heading.

Digital submission is required. If you wish, you can hand deliver or mail selected elements, such as a USB drive, printed artwork, or letters of recommendation. Be sure to note on the Blackboard site any materials you will be submitting directly to the TTF office.

After all petitioning materials have been reviewed you will receive a letter of acceptance or denial via email and direct mail.

Explanation of Required Materials:

TFM 160 and Theatre 100: Students must have completed both TFM 160-Cinema as Art and Theatre 100-The Art of Theatre, before submitting the portfolio. These courses may be satisfied by taking them at SDSU, or approved course equivalents at another college. A grade of “B” of higher is required for each course.

Personal Statement: Your statement should be pasted or typed into the application form, and be approximately two pages in length. Include your career goals, interests, talents, achievements, and any work experience in the field of TV, film, or new media. Write about what makes you stand out, what your passion is, what you hope to accomplish. Give it a personal voice; write well and persuasively.

Letters of Recommendation: A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from teachers, work supervisors, and professional associates who can assess your abilities, creativity, and potential to work in this field. Letters may not be from students, including graduate students, or letters from family members or friends. Make sure the letters are on letterhead stationery, signed and dated. Letters should be emailed by the recommenders directly to tfmproduction@sdsu.edu Please ask your recommenders to put your name in the subject heading. Letters may be addressed “To the TFM Screening Committee,” or “To Whom It May Concern.” Letters of recommendation become property of the School of Theatre, Television and Film office and will not be returned. If you need a personal copy of your letters, please get them separately from your recommenders.

Creative Materials: Submit evidence of your creative work, e.g., films clips, computer animation clips, photographs, storyboards, design renderings, etc., for which you have had primary responsibility. Film samples should be about 10 minutes total combined time. In the appropriate section of the TFM Production Emphasis Application Form clearly indicate your role on each production. We request two (2) examples of your creative work. In addition to your visual work you may also submit script samples. The best way to submit video work is via a link to a streaming service such as Vimeo and YouTube. Make sure to include any necessary passwords. You may also send or deliver a USB flash drive with your work, or hard copies of work like photographs and artwork directly to the department. Since flash drives are small, make sure they are securely enclosed in a labeled envelope, and name the drive with your name to make sure your work can be identified.

Treatment: Submit a treatment for a 1-­‐3 min production (fiction or nonfiction). Maximum two pages. We are looking for visual storytelling, a script for a visual sequence. Dialogue passages should be used sparingly, if at all. Please note: no car chases, no blow-­‘em-­‐up sequences, no music videos. This is a written submission, do not tape, film, or otherwise produce.

Transcripts: Unofficial copies of all transcripts, including your most recently
completed semester are required. Current SDSU students may use their Degree Audit Report or their Unofficial Transcript, both accessed through your web portal.
Transfer students: The SDSU Admissions Office will not release transcripts from other schools. Notify each school or college you have attended to send unofficial transcripts to you, so you may include them in your petition. These transcripts will be uploaded to the File Exchange area of the Blackboard/Coursesites site.




Curriculum

Lower Division courses: (15 units)

- TFM 160 - Cinema as Art, 3 units
- THEA 100 - The Art of Theatre, 3 units
- TFM 110 - Writing for Television and Film, 3 units
- THEA 120 - Heritage of Storytelling, 3 units

And 3 units (one course) chosen from:

- THEA 115 - Acting for Non-majors, 3 units
- THEA 130 - Acting I, 3 units
- ART 157 - Introduction to Art, 3 units
- ART 258 - Introduction to Art History I, 3 units
- ART 259 - Introduction to Art History II, 3 units
- MUSIC 151 - Introduction to Music, 3 units

The Major: 42 Upper division units in the following four-semester sequence:

SEMESTER A

- TFM 314 - Video and Film Production, 3 units
- TFM 310 - Film, Television, and New Media Criticism, 3 units
- TFM 364 - A or B History of Film Classics, 3 units
- TFM Elective - From List A or B (Production or Critical Studies), 3 units

SEMESTER B

- TFM 361 - Studio Production, 3 units
- TFM 330 - Cultural Aspects of Media, 3 units
- TFM 510 - Script Writing for Television and Film, 3 units
- TFM Elective - From List A (Production), 3 units

SEMESTER C

- TFM 362 - Intermediate Filmmaking, 3 units
- TFM 540 - Documentary Production, 3 units
- TFM Elective - From List B (Critical Studies), , 3 units

SEMESTER D

- TFM 560 - Advanced Film, 3 units
- TFM 401 - Business Aspects of Television and Film Production, 3 units
- TFM Elective - From List A or B (Production or Critical Studies), 3 units

LIST A Electives: Production (6 units required)

- TFM 321 - Sound Design for Video & Film, 3 units
- TFM 322 - Cinematography for Television and Film, 3 units
- TFM 327 - Film and Video Editing, 3 units
- TFM 350 - Staging and Art for Television and Film, 3 units
- TFM 465 - Compositing, 3 units
- TFM 490 - Internship, 3 units
- TFM 499 - Special Study, 3 units
- TFM 522 - Advanced Film and Television Cinematography, 3 units
- TFM 550 - Art Direction for Television and Film, 3 units
- TFM 551 - Production Design for Television and Film, 3 units
- TFM 559 - Digital Design for Film & Stage, 3 units
- TFM 561 - Advanced Television, 3 units
- TFM 590 - Directing for Film and Television, 3 units
- TFM 359 - Directing I, 3 units

LIST B Electives: Critical Studies (6 units required)

- TFM 363 - International Cinema, 3 units
- TFM 364 - A or B History of Film Classics, 3 units
- TFM 430 - History of Prime Time Television, 3 units
- TFM 470 - Critical Studies of Gender/Sexuality/Media, 3 units
- TFM 563 - Documentary: History and Theory, 3 units
- TFM 571 - Selected Topics in Director Studies, 3 units
- TFM 573 - Selected Topics in History of Film, TV, and Media, 3 units
- TFM 530 - Selected Topics in Genre Studies for Television and Film, 3 units

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement: Pass the Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) with a score of 10 or above, or complete RWS 305W with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

This advising checklist does not include your General Education Requirements.

A minor is not required for this major.

For additional curriculum details, please consult the following:
Undergraduate Catalog

For more information, contact the Academic Advisor:

Stuart Voytilla
619-594-1375
svoytilla@sdsu.edu
DA 204