Digital Film and Television Production

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USA Department of Communication 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, communication and media occupations are projected to grow 14 percent by 2030 resulting in 151,000 new jobs. Effective communication is necessary in all industries to build and maintain relationships and to convey information to diverse audiences. The student experience focuses on personal interests and professional goals through an integrated curriculum and hands-on involvement, exceptional internships and concentration-specific student organizations. Students are trained, independent, critical thinkers who uphold the highest ethical and professional standards as communication leaders in a global society.

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Film and Television Production

Create stories that make a difference. Craft and produce films and television programs that inspire others. The digital film and television major prepares students to work behind the scenes producing films and television programs, and in the process, students learn a broad understanding of the moving image. Students develop extensive knowledge to produce, direct, light, shoot, edit, record and manage.

Careers in Digital Film and Television Production

A degree in digital film and television allows graduates to pursue careers as editors, videographers, producers, scriptwriters and technical directors.

Internship Opportunities

Digital film and television production majors have opportunities to complete internships, which allows students to apply classroom knowledge in professional settings, gain exposure in their chosen career field, build professional connections and gain hands-on experience. Our program has relationships with organizations in various settings such as nonprofits, educational institutions, agencies, private businesses and government entities.

  • ESPN+
  • Fox 10 News (WALA)
  • WKRG News 5 (CBS)
  • NBC 15 News (WPMI)
  • Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
  • JagNation TV
  • Mobile County Public Schools TV Network

Student Involvement

Students can get involved through student media, clubs and organizations across campus or specifically in their major. Students build leadership skills, plan events, create and produce content, design campaigns and network professionally by becoming involved in department groups such as the American Advertising Federation, Public Relations Student Society of America, Lambda Pi Eta and JagMedia.


JagMedia is the student media group of the University of South Alabama and includes The Vanguard newspaper, Due South magazine, JagTV and WJGR 97.1 The Prowl radio. JagMedia provides a multimedia learning environment mirroring professional industry standards and practices to prepare students for placement in media jobs. All media is student-operated and open to current students regardless of major.

ESPN+ Broadcast Team

Many colleges hire freelance crews to broadcast home football games, but the University of South Alabama relies on a team of student workers. From working in the control booth editing feed to working as a camera operator in the stands, the duties and experiences are endless.

▼   Major Requirements

CA 101: Introduction to Media
CA 220 (W): Writing for Communication Media
DFT 240: Digital Cinema Production Basics
DFT 241: Introduction to TV Studio Production
DFT 320 (W): Film and TV Scriptwriting
DFT 340: Video Field Production
DFT 341: Intermediate TV Studio Production
DFT 356: Digital Cinema Management
DFT 440: Advanced Video Field Production

Choose one

  • DFT 343: Film History
  • DFT 344: Film and TV Genres

Choose four

  • APR 487: Strategy South Student Agency
  • CA 275: Decision Making-Small Groups
  • CA 424 (W): Rhetorical Criticism
  • CA 496: Professional Studies - Internship
  • DFT 244: Radio Broadcasting
  • DFT 283: Chinese Film
  • DFT 343: Film History (if not chosen above)
  • DFT 344: Film and TV Genres (if not chosen above)
  • DFT 357: Basic Film Production
  • DFT 358: Digital Compositing, Animation and Graphics
  • DFT 441: Advanced TV Studio Production
  • JOU 382: Photojournalism
  • JOU 452: The News Documentary
▼   Minor Requirements

Students majoring in digital film and television production are required to have a minor. A full list of minors can be found at Majors and Minors.