March 14, 2014 by Maren Larsen
The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has announced the fall 2015 debut of an online version of the Paul F. Harron television management graduate program. The 49-credit Master of Science is aimed toward professionals already working in the field who would prefer or require distance learning as well as former undergraduates who majored in related fields.
Students in the new program will also take courses in the LeBow College of Business focused on marketing, finance, economics, ethics and management. The online program will also include a dual Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degree option, following in the footsteps of the on-campus program. This program requires 78 credits, including 30 credits from LeBow courses. Both programs require a graduate thesis.
The television management programs seek not only to educate students about the business aspects of television management but also give them a better understanding of the increasingly complex and interconnected field of global media. The new program, like the on-campus variant, strives to be relevant to the management of all media platforms and varieties of content. The program will strongly emphasize the importance of internships and hands-on experience, a message posted on the Westphal website read.
In a press release, Albert Tedesco, the television management program director, said that the program is for students “who seek to develop the experience that will position them well for jobs in all segments of the television and media industries.”
He added that large media corporations would value graduates from the program highly due to its specific focus.
The current program is cohort-based, with a small group of students going through their studies together.
“I’ve been with the same 18 students since I started the program and we have grown to love each other as family,” Kaila Taylor, a graduate student in television management, wrote in an email. “This enhances the overall learning experience. It gives you the ‘We’re in this together’ feeling.” It is unclear how this will translate to the online program.
“What I know about the new online program is that its purpose is to give students who are not able to be on campus the same benefits and experience that on-campus students have,” Taylor wrote. “The main advantage of the online program is the fact that people who cannot be on campus can receive the same academic benefits. However, the largest disadvantage of the online program is the lack of social interaction with other students.”
This addition to the television management program comes as the original program celebrates its 10th anniversary. The program has been very successful, attracting students from every continent except Antarctica, as well as Fulbright scholars from Ukraine and Bolivia. The current television management program works with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to build a strong professional network for students. The program recently collaborated with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where students are invited to have internships at the Ryan Seacrest Foundation studio.
For more information on the program, contact Albert Tedesco at [email protected]