Department of Media Production & Studies
Americans spend, on average, more than five hours a day watching television and listening to radio, and another five hours with digital, on-line and social media, often using two or even three communication devices at the same time! We also spend more time and energy than ever producing our own sounds, images and stories to inform and entertain people next door and around the world. Not only do we live in an increasingly mediated world, but our media are increasingly converged. We watch television over the internet, on tablets and mobile phones, and we listen to music and podcasts from web and satellite delivery systems. New media platforms are creating global communities, influencing the outcomes of elections and fostering political revolutions. Understanding and being able to take advantage of these trends sets our students apart and prepares them to be leaders in the production of media content and the management of media industries.
Opportunities in Falcon Media
Our students work behind-the-scenes and in on-air positions at WBGU-FM, Falcon Radio, BG Radio Sports, BG Reel Production, BG on TV and at the University’s PBS affiliate, WBGU-TV. Read More
New Home, New Facilities
State-of-the-art Michael and Sara Kuhlin Center features cutting-edge technology. READ MORE
News and Stories
Faculty Focus: Jose Cardenas
BGSU Senior Lecturer Jose Cardenas has been interested in TV and films for as long as he can remember. “When I’d watch TV, I can recall wondering how the images and audio came through this box,’’ Cardenas said. ‘‘I was curious how it actually worked.” It’s only fitting, then, that Cardenas has centered his lengthy career around various elements of film production. While he’s been with the University’s Department of Media Production and Studies for 16 years, he’s worked as a camera operator and director of photography on movie sets for nearly double that amount of time. One of Cardenas’ most recent film projects was serving as a second unit director on the 2017 horror film “Asylum of Darkness.”
Television and Video Production Studio
The TV and Video Production Studio is a professional sound stage where students can create broadcast-quality productions. It is equipped with a green screen for “live reporting” and virtual reality productions. For on-set physical productions such as news or talk shows, manual studio cameras are outfitted with teleprompters. Robotic cameras can perform enhanced camera movements—such as dramatic swooping shots—with the professional-grade jib. The studio is equipped with a programmable electronic theater lighting control board, and with industry-standard grip tools that are used to fine tune the lighting design.
Alumni Works For Bill Nye
Imagine leaving everything familiar, packing bags and heading across the country to Los Angeles to chase a dream. For BGSU alumna Kelsey Kula, chasing her career has been nothing short of an adventure.