FILM 105 Foundations of Television

Martha McGee

Winter 2022-2023
Class number: 28962
Section number: 501
TuTh 10:10AM - 11:40AM
CDM 00924 Loop Campus

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Course Description:

This course provides an introduction and framework of the history of television production. Evolving story forms will be examined from television's beginnings to the present. Developments in story, production styles, technology, cultural impact and reflection will be analyzed and discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will:

  • Identify important events in the history of television that propelled its evolution, and/or had a significant impact in society.
  • Recognize the basic content production elements of a television show, and create a basic pitch presentation for an original program.
  • Compare the structure of basic television genres and modes of production.
  • Distinguish the basic principles of the business of television.


Mittell, Jason (2010)  Television and American Culture; Michael Wiese Productions. ISBN-13: 978-0195306675; ISBN-10: 0195306678


Written Reports: - 20%

Exams  – 10%:           

MidTerm Paper – 20%

Final Presentation and Paper – 30%

Participation – 20%



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