What’s Required?

Once accepted into the Media Studies & Production (MSP) program major, students are required to complete a minimum of 124-126 semester hours of course work, including Temple University Core courses and School of Media and Communications (SMC) requirements. MSP Department requirements depend on when a student started in the program. See the Department Requirements.

University and SMC Requirements 

-  maximum 20 MSP credits may be transferred into the major

-  maximum 71 credits in all SMC (increases to 78 credits beginning 2013-2014)

-  maximum 8 credits in Kinesiology (Phys. ED.) and Dance activities courses.

-  To graduate, both the overall and the MSP (BTMM) grade point average must be 2.0 or better.

-  All courses applied to CORE / GenEd or the MSP minimum must be passed with a C- or better.

Department Requirements

During this time of transition, the requirements for earning the BA vary depending on when the student started in the program:

MSP or BTMM “New Curriculum” Majors (Students who entered the major beginning Fall 2011)

For the BA in MSP, students must successfully complete a minimum of 124 credits, including:

-  University GenEd Curriculum

And a minimum of 42 credits / maximum of 58 credits in MSP courses, including:

- MSP Foundation Classes within first 45 credits taken as an MSP Major:

  • MSP 1011: Intro to Media Theory
  • MSP 1021: Media and Society
  • MSP 1701: Intro to Media Technology

-  1 Policy & Ethics course: Choose from: 4252, 4221, 4296, or 4454

-  1 Critical Topics course: Choose from: 3421, 4153, 4445, 4453, 4446 or 4497

-  1 International course: Choose from: 3471, 3473, 3572, 4496, 4571, or 4572

-   MSP Advanced Core:

  • A 3-4 credit Internship (4785) OR Practicum (4487, 4596, 4597, 4687, 4787, or 4887)
  • MSP 4039: Senior Seminar

-  2 MSP Writing Intensive (WI) courses (can include courses taken to satisfy Policy & Ethics, Critical Topics, or International requirements)

-   completion of the requirements for ONE of the following MSP Professional Tracks:

  • Production & Performance
    • Anchor course: 2701 (Intro to Media Production) OR 2751 (Audio for Media)
    • Plus at least 4 of the following courses:
      • 2721: Voice-Over Techniques for Media
      • 3196: Writing Workshop
      • 3631: Media Sales
      • 3701: Genres of Media Production
      • 3709: Advanced Editing
      • 3721: Media Performance
      • 3751: Studio Music Recording Techniques
      • 3771: Radio
      • 4541: Mobile Media
      • 4641: Programming for Multi-Platform Media
      • 4663: The Art and Business of Recording
      • 4701: Producing & Directing
      • 4728: Advanced Scriptwriting
      • 4751: Audio Mixing and Mastering
  • Business & Entrepreneurship– at least 18 credits from:
    • 1655:The Business of Media
    • 3225: Educational Multimedia Production
    • 3611: Media Advertising
    • 3631: Media Sales
    • 3663: Marketing Music
    • 3701: Genres of Media Production
    • 4226: Public Media
    • 4453: Information Society
    • 4614: Creating a Media Business
    • 4641: Programming for Multiplatform Media
    • 4657: Current Issues in Media Management
    • 4663: Art & Business of Record Production
    • 4696: Communication in Media Organizations
    • 4703: Multimedia Production for Corporations & Non-Profits
  • Media Analysis– at least 18 credits from:
    • 2141: Media Communication Research
    • 2421: Media Popular Culture
    • 2741: Intro to Internet Studies and Web Authoring
    • 2889: Field Experience in Youth Media/Media Literacy
    • 3196: Writing Workshop
    • 4226: Public Media
    • 4296: History of Electronic Media
    • 4445: Media Images & Analysis
    • 4446: Psychological Processing of Media
    • 4453: Information Society
    • 4454: Public Media Information Campaigns
    • 4497: Media & Children
    • 4541: Mobile Media
    • 4696: Communication in Media Organizations
  • Emergent Media– minimum 3 courses in one sub-focus + 2 from other)
    • Sub-focus 1: Emergent Media Studies
      • 2741: Intro to Internet Studies and Web Authoring
      • 2421: Media Popular Culture
      • 4324: The Video Game Industry and Game Culture
      • 4446: Psychological Processing of Media
      • 4541: Mobile Media
      • Emergent Media Production
        • 2751: Audio for Media
        • 3709: Advanced Editing
        • 3751: Studio Music Recording Techniques
        • 4614: Creating a Media Business
        • 4703: Multimedia Production for Corporations & Non-Profits
        • 4741: Cybermedia Workshop
        • 4751: Audio Mixing & Mastering

BTMM Majors who started at Temple as FRESHMEN between Fall 2008 and Spring 2011 OR who TRANSFERRED to Temple between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011

For the BA in BTMM, students must successfully complete a minimum of 124 credits, including:

-  University GenEd Curriculum

And a minimum of 40 credits / maximum of 58 credits in MSP courses, including:

-  MSP Foundation Classes within first 45 credits taken as an MSP Major:

  • MSP 1011: Intro to Media Theory
  • MSP 1021: Media and Society
  • BTMM 1041 or MSP 1701: Intro to Media Technology

[Students transferring in 45 or more credits need complete only two of the three MSP foundation courses; at least one MSP foundation course must be completed at Temple, unless exempted by the chair of the department.]

-  4 courses numbered between 3000 and 4999 (excluding Internship, Senior Seminar, Ind. Study & Ind. Project)

-  2 MSP Writing Intensive (WI) courses (can include courses taken to satisfy 3000 – 4999 requirement)

-  Internship (4785) OR Practicum (4487, 4596, 4597, 4687, 4787, or 4887)

-  MSP 4039: Senior Seminar

BTMM Majors who TRANSFERRED to Temple between Fall 2008 and Spring 2010

For the BA in BTMM, students must successfully complete a minimum of 124 credits, including:

-  University CORE Curriculum

And a minimum of 40 credits / maximum of 58 credits in BTMM (MSP) courses, including:

- BTMM (MSP) Foundation Classes within first 45 credits taken as an MSP Major:

  • MSP 1011: Intro to Media Theory
  • MSP 1021: Media and Society
  • BTMM 1041 or MSP 1701: Intro to Media Technology

[Students transferring in 45 or more credits need complete only two of the three MSP foundation courses; at least one MSP foundation course must be completed at Temple, unless exempted by the chair of the department.]

-  4 courses numbered between 3000 and 4999 (excluding Internship, Senior Seminar, Ind. Study & Ind. Project)

-  2 MSP Writing Intensive courses (can include courses taken to satisfy 3000 – 4999 requirement)

-  Internship (4785) OR Practicum (4487, 4596, 4597, 4687, 4787, or 4887)

-  MSP 4039: Senior Seminar

Students who started in the BTMM major before 2008

For the BA in BTMM, students must successfully complete a minimum of 126 credits, including:

-  University CORE Curriculum

And a minimum of 40 credits / maximum of 58 credits in BTMM (MSP) courses, including:

-  BTMM (MSP) Foundation Classes within first 45 credits taken as an MSP Major:

  • BTMM (MSP) 1011: Intro Media to Theory
  • BTMM (MSP) 1021: Media and Society
  • BTMM 1041 or BTMM (MSP) 1701: Intro to Media Technology

[Students transferring in 45 or more credits need complete only two of the three MSP foundation courses; at least one MSP foundation course must be completed at Temple, unless exempted by the chair of the department.]

-  4 courses numbered between 3000 and 4999 (excluding Internship, Senior Seminar, Ind. Study & Ind. Project)

-  2 BTMM (MSP) Writing Intensive courses (can include courses taken to satisfy 3000 – 4999 requirement)

-  Internship (4785) OR Practicum (4487, 4596, 4597, 4687, 4787, or 4887)

-  BTMM (MSP) 4039: Senior Seminar

University and SMC (SCT) Requirements for all students:

-  maximum 20 MSP credits may be transferred into the major

-  maximum 71 credits in all SMC (SCT) (Increases to 78 credits in 2013-2014)

-  maximum 18 credits in any 1 dept. outside MSP (BTMM)

-  maximum 8 credits in Kinesiology (Phys. ED.) and Dance activities courses.

-  To graduate, both the overall and the MSP (BTMM) GPA must be 2.0 or better.

-  All prerequisites must be met unless exempted in writing

-  All courses applied to CORE / GenEd or the MSP (BTMM) minimum must be passed with a C- or better.

Notes regarding Internships, Practica and Senior Seminar:

The academic experience for all MSP (BTMM) majors culminates with the MSP 4039: Senior Seminar and MSP 4785: Internship for 3 or 4 credit hours (NOTE: To qualify for an internship, students must have Junior or Senior standing, a minimum of 2.75 GPA in the major, and passing grades (C-) in the MSP requirement courses. For students with a GPA lower than 2.75, a Practicum must be completed in place of the Internship).

Together, these courses provide students the opportunity to explore their potential professional futures. Internship opportunities exist locally (at virtually every media-oriented organization in the greater Philadelphia region), nationally (in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. media markets), and internationally (in London, England, and Tokyo, Japan, through the School of Media & Communication’s Study Away program).

Note: 4785 may be only be taken for 3 or 4 credits; and a second version of the internship course, MSP 4786 is available for 1, 2 or 3 credits.  This internship may be taken as a second internship or as an elective after the student takes a practicum, provided that the student has completed all prerequisites and has a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Practica:

There are six (6) practica options: 4487: TUTV Practicum; 4596: TV News Production Practicum—Temple Update; 4597: Sports Production Practicum; 4687: Recording Industry Practicum; 4787: TV Production Workshop; 4887: Radio Practicum.

 

  • Students enrolled in 4487: TUTV Practicum play a key role in the operation of Temple University Television (TUTV); they work with the course instructor, engineering staff and others to schedule the station and produce original content.

 

  • In 4596: the TV News Production Practicum, students produce a weekly live TV news magazine, “Temple Update” that airs on TUTV.

 

  • 4597: The Sports Production Practicum is a weekly sports program produced by students also for TUTV.

 

  • 4687: Recording Industry Practicum is an intensive, practical course that engages students in the day-to-day operation of our student-run record label, Bell Tower Music.

 

  • 4787: TV Production Workshop – a summer offering, also fulfills the requirement for a practicum and involves the production of various content also for broadcast on TUTV.

 

  • 4887: The Radio Practicum engages students in the operation of the university’s college radio station WRFT 1610-AM, located on Ambler Campus.

MSP courses designated a “Practicum” can be taken as either MSP Electives or in place of MSP 4785: Internship.