Master of Television, Film and Photography (MTFP)

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This Television and Film Studies program is a four-semester, 64-credit program leading to a Master of Television,Film and Photography (MTFP) degree. This program is devoted to providing students a solid foundation in television journalism, television production, filmmaking and film criticism. Its mission comprises:

  • The appreciation and understanding of television and film as art forms
  • The study of historical, technological, political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of television and film
  • Producing intellectual leaders in the fields of television journalism and television and film production

The first semester courses are designed to giving students a broad-based education in key conceptual issues in television, film and photography studies and cultural production. It also comprises courses to have a birds-eye-view of the history, politics, economics and culture of Bangladesh.

The second semester offers theoretical and production courses with a view to providing students with hands-on training in television journalism, television production, and filmmaking.

The third semester comprises courses on research and production methodologies for preparing students to conduct television, film and media related research and produce films or TV programs.

The final semester courses explore theoretical approaches to understanding and evaluating films as well as other forms of cultural production. The students may write a 20-25,000 Master’s thesis on a topic related to various aspects of television, film and other mass media, or produce a 20-25 minute program/ documentary for television, or a 5-7 minute feature film.

After completing all academic requirements for the Master’s degree, students will do a three-month internship in a television station or in the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC).

 

 

 

 

SEMESTER I

TOTAL CREDITS: 16

TOTAL MARKS: 400

 

Available courses:

 

TFP 601: Introduction to Television and Film Studies (2cr)

 

TFP 602: Fundamentals of Communication and Journalism (2cr)

 

TFP: 603: Introduction to the Grammar of Audiovisual Media

 

TFP 604: Introduction to Photography

 

TFP 605: Understanding politics, economics and culture of Bangladesh

 

 

 

 

SEMESTER II

TOTAL CREDITS: 16

TOTAL MARKS: 400

 

[Students are required to do four courses]

 

   Available courses:

Stream I: Television

 

Stream II: Film

 

TFP 606: Television Reporting and Anchoring I

TFP 610: Screenwriting and Direction  

TFP 607: Television Reporting and Anchoring II; TFS 608 is a pre-requisite to this course.

TFP 611: Working with Light, Sound and Image

TFP 608:Television News Editing

TFP 612: Film and Video Editing

TFP 609: Television Production: News and Programs

TFP 613:Broadcast and Film Production Management

 

TFP 614: Art Direction and Creative Design

SEMESTER III

TOTAL CREDITS: 16

TOTAL MARKS: 400

 

Available courses:

 

TFP 701: Qualitative Research Methods for Television and Film Studies

 

TFP 702: Quantitative Research Methods for Television and Film Studies

 

TFP 703: World Cinema

 

TFP 704: Documentary

 

 

 

 

SEMESTER IV

TOTAL CREDITS: 16

TOTAL MARKS: 400

 

[Students are required to do two courses and a thesis or a feature film or TV program/ documentary. Each course is worth four credits and the thesis/film/TV documentary is worth eight credits.]

 

Available courses:

 

TFP 705: Theoretical Approaches to Media Studies

Or

TFP 706: Political Economy of Cultural Production

 

TFP 707: Broadcast and Film Policy

 

TFP 708: Thesis

Or

TFP 709: Graduate Production

                                                                                

Course requirements:

Class attendance and participation: 10%

Class presentation: 15%

Midterm: 25%

Course final: 50%

 

 

GRADING SCALE

Marks obtained (%)

Grades

Grade Point

80-100

A+

4.00

75-79

A

3.75

70-74

A-

3.50

65-69

B+

3.25

60-64

B

3.00

55-59

B-

2.75

50-54

C+

2.50

45-49

C

2.25

40-44

D

2.00

Less than 40

F

0.00

 

I

Incomplete

 

W

Withdrawn

 

 

Internship:

A mandatory 12-week internship program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[COURSE DESCRIPTION]

 

TFP 601: Introduction to Television and Film Studies

This course conceptualizes television as a complex cultural and technological form, an industry, a site of textual production, and a mode of entertainment. It also examines the nature of television audience.

 

Topics to be covered:

Emergence of television and film studies, broadcasting history, film history, broadcasting technology, film technology, cultural industries, television and film texts, television and film genres, television and film audiences, television and film rating systems, film costume, and film music

 

 

Key readings:

 

Wasko, J. ed. (2005). A Companion to Television. MA, USA: Blackwell

 

Kolker, R. (1999). Film Form and Culture. Boston: McGraw-Hill

 

Hill, J. and Pamela C. Gibson. ed. (1998). The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press

 

If necessary, the instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating other readings and exercises.

 

TFP 602: Fundamentals of Communication and Journalism

 

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the key concepts of communication and journalism. The key ideas include the types of communication such as interpersonal, small group and mass communication, the models of human communication, conflict resolution and communication skills and competence. The key concepts of journalism include news values, right to information, news treatment, newsroom operation, freedom of expression, ethics, libel, defamation.

 

 

Key readings:

Devito , Joseph A. (2003). Human Communication. USA : Pearson Education, Inc.

Barker , Larry L. ( 1981, Ed.2). Communication . Prentice –Hall

Pearson , C& Paul Nelson (2011). An Introduction to Human Communication . New York : McGraw -Hill

 

If necessary, the instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating other readings and exercises.

 

 

 

TFP 603: Introduction to the Grammar of Audiovisual Media

 

This course discusses the general conventions used by television and film to convey meanings through particular camera and editing techniques. The issues which will be covered in this course include camera and lens types, camera operating techniques, camera movement, types of shots, shot selection, cuts, graphics, light, sound, narrative styles, and aesthetics

 

Key Readings:

Bordwell, D. and Kristin Thompson (2012, Tenth Ed.). Film Art: An Introduction. USA: McGraw-Hill

Monaco, J. (2009, Fourth Ed.). How to Read a Film. USA: Oxford University Press

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 604: Introduction to Photography

The aim of this course is to teach students about the fundamentals of photography and the evolution of photographic techniques over the years. After the completion of this course, the students will learn about the camera, techniques of composition, sharpness, focusing techniques, lighting techniques, and aesthetics of photography. Its primary goal is to prepare the students for understanding motion photography.

 

Key readings:

 

Hirsch, R. (2000). Seizing the Light: a History of Photography. USA: McGraw-Hill

 

Newhall, B. (1982). History of Photography. New York: The Museum of Modern Art.

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 605: Understanding Politics, Economics, and Culture of Bangladesh

By taking a historical approach, this course explores the political process and institutions, the building blocks of a national economy, and key cultural debates in the country. The first part of the course will discuss electoral system, political parties, parliament, and forms of government. The second part will explore the building blocks of a national economy such as budget, taxation, banking and share market. And the final part will discuss key cultural issues such as identity, secularism, and nationalism.

Key readings:

Guhathakurat, Meghna & Schendel, Willem Van (2013), Bangladesh Reader: History, Politics, Culture, London: Duke University Press

 

Lewis, David (2011), Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society, Cambridge University Press

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

TFP 606: Television Reporting and Anchoring  I

 

This course will discuss the different types of reporting such as straight-jacket, interpretative, and investigative. It will teach students to write TV news script and speak for a television audience, deliver live coverage and conduct on-camera interviews. It will introduce students to the major beats of reporting such as crime, court, business, and public meeting.

 

Key Readings:

Boyd, A. (2000, Fifth Ed.). Broadcast Journalism. New York: Focal Press.

 

White, T. (2013, Sixth Ed.). Broadcast News. New York: Focal Press.

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

 

TFP 607: Television Reporting and Anchoring II

This course is an extension to TFS 606. It will teach students to produce reports on major news beats such as politics, court, crime, business, and sports.

 

Key Readings:

Boyd, A. (2000, Fifth Ed.). Broadcast Journalism. New York: Focal Press.

 

White, T. (2013, Sixth Ed.). Broadcast News. New York: Focal Press.

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 608: Television News Editing

 

This course teaches students how to edit reports, write headlines, translate reports, and prepare rundowns.

Key Readings:

 

Boyd, A. (2000, Fifth Ed.). Broadcast Journalism. New York: Focal Press.

 

White, Ted (2013, Sixth Ed.). Broadcast News. New York: Focal Press.

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 609: Television Production: News and Programs

 

This course studies basic television production for live and recorded programming. Students will learn planning, budgeting, and directing a television production, camera operation, and the use of audio, video and graphics for television news and programming. They will be able to produce news sessions, talk shows, reality shows, and dramas.

 

Key Readings:

Zettl, H. (2005). Television Production Handbook. India: Cengage Learning

Gunter (2015), The Cognitive Impact of Television News: production Attributes and Information Reception, Palgrave Macmillan

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 610: Screenwriting and Direction

The course enables students to develop technical and creative skills in direction and production design for the film and television industry. It incorporates theory and history of film forms and styles. This class also focuses on the various modes used in narrative and non-narrative storytelling in fiction films and television drama. It will also introduce students to the primary forms which writing for the screen may take such as features, shorts, television drama, and documentary. It will explore the basic theory and formal aspects of story, structure and character which are essential to all forms of screenwriting. The students will critically review produced scripts and films from a screenwriter's perspective.

 

Key Readings:

 

Marner, T. St. J. (1972). Directing Motion Pictures. London: The Tantivy Press

 

Howard, D. and Edward Mabley (1993). The Tools of Screenwriting. London: Souvenir Press.

 

Parker, P. (1999). The Art and Science of Screenwriting. Exeter, U.K.: Intellect.

Field, S. (2005). Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. New York: Bentam Dell.

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 611: Working with Light, Sound, and Image

 

This course provides students a practical understanding of film language and narrative. It explores capturing and using images and the use of light. It provides a particular attention to visual expression in both film and digital imaging by using a variety of film emulsions, lenses, lights, and TV and film cameras.

 

Key Readings:

 

Brown, B. (2012). Cinematography: Theory and Practice. New York: Focal Press

 

Millerson, G. (1999, Third Ed.). Lighting for Television and Film. New York: Focal Press.

 

Sonnenschein, D. (2002). Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema. CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

The instructor may prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

 

TFP 612: Film and Video Editing

 

This course explores technical, aesthetic, and practical consideration of editing film and video. Its main focus is on developing software skills for audio and video editing. Assignments will include editing commercials, interviews, music videos, and narrative scenes.

         

Key Readings:

 

Thompson, R. and Christopher Bowen (2009, Second Ed.). Grammar of the Edit. New York: Focal Press.

Murch, W. (1992). In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. NSW, Australia: Australian Film, Television & Radio School.

Reisz, K. and Gavin Millar. (2009, Second Ed.). The Technique of Film Editing. New York: Focal Press

Osder, J. and Robbie Carmen. (2007). Final Cut Pro Work Flows. New York: Focal Press

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

TFP 613: Broadcast and Film Production Management

 

The course provides an overview of television and film industry structure, management and marketing system. It will discuss management theories, functions and work-flow of cinema industries, unique characteristics of media outlets, their goals, missions, decision making, leadership style, marketing policies and market analysis, product planning, promotion, human resource development and financial management for media and film industries. It concentrates on developing skills for running a television station and handling the production of a film.

 

Key readings:

 

Thomas, J. P. (2009). Media Management Manual. New Delhi: Unesco.

 

Quaal, W. L. (1976). Broadcast Management: Radio, Television. Florida: Hastings House

The instructor will also prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

TFP: 614: Art Direction and Creative Design

The course enables students to develop technical and creative skills in art direction and production design for the film and television industry. It incorporates theory and history of film and design, along with a practical approach to art direction. The design process starts with: breaking down scripts/text; developing initial concepts and visualizing; storyboarding; producing scale models, studio plans and set models (manually and computer-aided design).

Key Readings:

Millerson, G. (1999, Third Ed.). Lighting for Television and Film. New York: Focal Press.

Woodbridge, Patricia (2013), Designer Drafting for the Entertainment World, NYC: Focal Press

Rizzo, Michael (2005), The Art Direction Handbook for Film, NYC: Focal Press

The instructor will also prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 701: Qualitative Research Methods for Television and Film Studies

 

This course discusses critical issues and methods of conducting qualitative research on television and film. Qualitative methods explored in this course include in-depth interviews, ethnography, semiotics, textual analysis, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, ideological analysis, and content analysis.

 

Topics to be covered: Research design, text and image as data, data analysis, and report writing

 

Key readings:

 

Berger, Arthur A. (2000), Media and Communication Research Method, London: Sage

 

Marshall, Catherine and Gretchen B Rossman (1999, 3rd ediiton), Designing Qualitative Research, London: Sage

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 702: Quantitative Research Methods for Television and Film Studies

 

This course will discuss critical issues and methods of conducting quantitative research to understand media audiences. It will emphasize survey research so that students can conduct audience and public opinion surveys.

 

Topics to be covered:

Research design, data collection, data presentation, data analysis, and report writing.

Key readings:

 

Paul, S, Maxim (1999), Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Oxford University Press

 

Islam, M.N. (2007), An Introduction to Research Methods, Dhaka: Book World

 

Neuman, W.L. (2000), Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Boston: Allyn and Bacon

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 703: World Cinema

 

This course will introduce the cinemas of Bangladesh, India, Japan, Iran, South Korea, the U.S., and Latin America. It will discuss these cinemas by comparing their forms, contents, aesthetics and narrative styles and practices, by keeping their socio-cultural contexts in mind. 

 

Key Readings:

Bradley, L. et al. (2005). Traditions in World Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Nowell-Smith, G. (1999). The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hill, J. and Pamela C. Gibson. ed. (1998). The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

 

TFP 704: Documentary

 

This course will discuss the forms, strategies, structures and conventions of documentary film and video. Students will learn about the dominant and experimental modes of representation, important documentary movements and filmmakers, and a number of documentary genres. Students will gain knowledge of the current theoretical debates and dilemmas in documentary filmmaking such as the treatment of subjects and subject matter and construction and positioning of audiences.

 

Key Readings:

 

Nichols, B. (2010, Second Ed.). Introduction to Documentary. Indiana: Indiana University Press.

 

Plantinga, Carl L. (1997), Rhetoric and Representation in Nonfiction Films, Cambridge University Press

 

Nash (2014), New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses, Palgrave Macmillan

 

Sharma, Aparna (2015), Documentary Films in India: Critical Aesthetics at Work, Palgrave Macmillan

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 705: Theoretical Approaches to Media Studies

This course discusses the theoretical approaches to understand the media. The approaches include critical theory, political economy, cultural studies, structuralism, feminist theory, and post-structuralism/ post-modernism.

 

Key readings:

 

Wasko, J (2005),A Companion to Television, USA, Blackwell

Marris, P. & Thornham, S (2000), Media Studies: A Reader, New York: New York

 

Mosco, V. (2008), Political Economy of Communication, Sage: New York

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

 

TFP 706: Political Economy of Cultural Production

 

This course examines why and under what condition cultural texts like TV programs and films are produced, distributed and consumed and what political, economic and cultural factors shape their production, distribution and consumption.

 

Key Readings:

 

Babe, R.E. (2008), Cultural Studies and Political Economy: Toward a New Integration, Oxford: Lexington Books

 

Andersen, N.Å. (2003), Discourse Analytical Strategies: Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau, Luhmann, Bristol: Policy Press

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercises.

 

TFP 707: Broadcast and Film Policy

         

The objective of this course is to explore the policy issues and principles in the contexts of broadcasting and film. It critically reviews the broadcast and film policies and acts of Bangladesh in comparison to that of India, U.S.A., U.K. and Canada.

 

Topics to be covered:

Policy principles, policy analysis, broadcast policy, film policy, and Internet policy.

Key Readings:

 

Lewis, Justin and Tobby Miller (2003), Critical Cultural Policy Studies: A Reader, London: Blackwell

 

Napoli, P.M. (2001) Foundation of Communication Policy, USA: The Hampton Press

 

The instructor will prepare a custom courseware incorporating necessary readings and exercise

 

 

TFP 708: Thesis

 

The students may write a 20-25,000 word thesis based on research in any area of media studies.

 

 

TFP 709: Graduate Production   

 

The students may produce a 5-7 minute feature film or a 20-25 minute documentary for television.