The heart of a television, radio and film master’s experience is a sequence of eight elective courses from a broad range of topics.

You will begin the program in early July. Most students finish with a major-market internship during the first six weeks of the following summer. You must take 36 credits and pass a comprehensive examination to complete the degree. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in weeklong industry seminars in New York City or Los Angeles.

Second Summer Session (7 credits):

TRF 610 Proseminar in Television, Radio and Film (Phase I)1
TRF 636 Critical and Historical Perspectives on Television, Radio and Film3
TRF 655 Screenwriting and Production Workshop3

Fall Semester (13 credits):

TRF 610 Proseminar in Television, Radio and Film (Phase II)1
TRF 635 Industry Forces3
TRF 696 Research for Entertainment Media3
Master’s electives (see list below)6

Winter Session (0 credits):

Proseminar Trip
(Week-long industry immersion in either the Lico Cable-Ready Seminar in New York OR the Industry Seminar in Los Angeles) NOTE: This class is optional.

Spring Semester (13-15 credits):

TRF 610 Proseminar in Television, Radio and Film (Phase III)1
TRF 637 Telecommunications Law and Policy3
Master’s electives (see list below)9-11

May 2021 Date TBA: TRF Comprehensive Exam (must have completed 30 credit hours)

First Summer Session (1-3 credits):

TRF 675 Entertainment Industry Practicum (If taken for 1-2 credits, students take other electives approved by Program Director)1-3

Total Credits: 36


TRF 510 Specialized Practice (one-credit modules)

TRF 600 Selected Topics (ST); 3 credits

TRF 642 Television Production Workshop

TRF 653 Shortform Production

TRF 659 Documentary Production(fall)

Capstone Level:

TRF 600 Human-Computer Interaction (fall)

TRF 662 Advanced Television Production

TRF 669 Advanced Filmmaking
(separate sections for fiction and nonfiction films)


TRF 530 Popular Culture Studies

(courses alternate by topic/semester; at least one offered per semester)

TRF 640 Topics in Critical and Historical Perspectives


TRF 510 Specialized Practice (one-credit modules)

TRF 648 Producing Radio: On Air to Online (fall)

TRF 654 Music Recording (spring)

TRF 656 Sound for Picture

TRF 657 Music Underscoring (fall)

Capstone Level

TRF 668 Advanced Audio


TRF 510 Specialized Practice (one-credit modules)

TRF 592 Film Business

TRF 594 Television Business

TRF 595 Programming and Audience Analysis (spring)

Capstone Level

TRF 600 Human-Computer Interaction (fall)

TRF 661 Advanced Management Seminar (spring)


TRF 611 Dramatic Writing for TV and Film (fall)

Advanced Level: (prerequisite TRF 611*)

TRF 600 Selected Topics (ST); 3 credits

TRF 621 Feature Film Writing

TRF 622 Comedy Writing

TRF 624 Script Development (spring)

Capstone Level: (prerequisite—one advanced course*)

TRF 667 Screenwriting Master Class

*NOTE: since there are only two semesters in which to take three levels of screenwriting coursework, students are permitted to enroll in the following combinations concurrently: