Are you a passionate storyteller? Are you a movie buff who sees life in pictures? Do you love to create, direct, or deliver compelling narratives? Are you comfortable working quickly, collaboratively, and on a deadline? If the answer to all these questions is “yes,” you might be the perfect fit for Buffalo State College’s Television and Film Arts Program.
“In other film programs, it’s easy to get lost,” said TFA major Grace Phillips, '16, who won first place in the narrative category of the SUNYWide Film Festival in spring 2014. “The TFA program has really allowed me as a filmmaker to learn about and practice multiple disciplines of filmmaking. I’m grateful to the program professors who have allowed me to put my pen to paper and transcend that paper to produce images of this art form we know and love as film.”
“Having the TFA program in New York has better positioned the college to teach students the realities of the TV and film world,” said Buffalo State alumni Marcia Mulé, ’91, who teaches one of the courses. “They have a clearer understanding of how to enter the workforce and are gaining the necessary skills through direct application.”
Buffalo State’s television and film arts (TFA) bachelor of arts degree combines coursework from the Communication, English, and Theater departments, as well as several courses designed specifically for the major. This program is housed within the Department of Communication and has a singular purpose: Creating great storytellers — regardless of the medium. The program's interdisciplinary nature ensures that students receive a broad-based curriculum, preparing them for a variety of careers in the entertainment industry. The emphasis is on hands-on training through internships and professional networking.
In addition to required courses, TFA offers electives related to two professional tracks:
Students may take all their major electives from a single track or they can blend courses from both tracks. The program's interdisciplinary nature ensures that students are prepared for a variety of careers in the entertainment industry. Additionally, our students benefit from:
Buffalo State is committed to giving students the tools and experiences they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Additional opportunities for TFA students include:
Since 2009, more than 60 TFA students have enjoyed internships and full-time positions at leading entertainment companies, including:
In 2013, Buffalo State launched the TFA Semester in New York initiative, which pairs students with internships at high-profile networks such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. Along with connecting students with internships, the New York City semester includes two courses, The Business of Television and The Business of Film.
TFA majors are prepared to explore exciting, challenging, and rewarding entertainment industry positions as screenwriters, producers, directors, agents, managers, and network/studio executives. Some job titles obtained by TFA majors include:
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