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Northwestern School of Communication

Major in Radio/Television/Film

As an undergraduate in Radio/Television/Film, you’ll become fluent in both media production and analysis.

You’ll receive hands-on training in creating, editing, and producing innovative media—films, computer animation, soundtracks, and video installations. Student work regularly wins awards in the U.S. and abroad.

You’ll examine media cultures around the world and throughout history. You’ll study the social, economic, and political dimensions of cinema, television, audio arts, and interactive media.

For policies and advising, see Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising.

Areas of study include: 

Production

In addition to a rigorous and comprehensive study of media cultures and screenwriting, Radio/Television/Film students can develop and hone their filmmaking craft through a variety of production opportunities within the curriculum and outside of the classroom.

Sound courses include: 

  • Introduction to Sound Production
  • Introduction to Sound Post-Production
Production and cinematography courses include:
  • Media Construction
  • Producing
  • Lighting and Cinematography
  • Advanced Cinematograpy

Virtual reality/animation/gaming courses include: 

  • Intro to Game Studio
  • 2D Computer Animation
  • Virtual Alternate Reality Storytelling

Post-production courses include:

  • Editing
  • Color Correction

Screenwriting 

The department offers a wealth of courses in writing taught by our eminent faculty of professionals who write for screen and stage. Once students have taken the Foundations of Screenwriting course, the upper-level writing courses let them construct a portfolio that demonstrates a deep and wide-ranging understanding of screenwriting craft and showcases their own unique voices.

Recent course have included such topics as:

  • Writing the TV Pilot
  • Writing the Feature Film
  • Writing the Musical
  • Writing Fantasy, Horror, and the Supernatural
  • Writing LGBTQ+ Narratives
  • Writing the Micro-Budget Feature
  • Writing Video Games
  • Writing Stand-up
  • Writing Climate Change
  • Advanced SitCom Writing
  • Improv for Writers

Screen Cultures

Courses offer students a comprehensive, critical study of media cultures and the history of film, television, sound media, and digital media. Students can study media in cultural context, authorship, genre, national cinemas, globalization, technological innovation, and film and TV criticism, among other approaches. 

Recent courses have included:

  • Exploitation Cinema
  • Beyond Bollywood: Indian Cinema After 1947
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Science Fiction
  • Race, History, and the Biopic
  • Media and the Environment
  • Digital Cinema
  • Musical Media
  • Haunted Media

Visit the major's Academic Catalog listing to see specific requirements, which include: 

  • Major requirements specify that students must take and pass 12 courses, including 3 RTVF introductory courses and at least 6 advanced RTVF courses 
  • Additional requirements, including distribution requirements, elective requirements and writing proficiency.