Department of Radio, Television and Film

Main Departmental Office
Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, 262
P.O. Box 310589
Denton, TX 76203-0589
(940) 565-2537
Fax: (940) 565-2518
Web site:

Alan B. Albarran, Chair


Professors Albarran, Craig, Staples. Associate Professors B. Levin, Sauls. Assistant Professors Benshoff, Evans, Hoerschelmann, C.M. Levin, Loomis, Negra,. Lecturers Campbell, Cook, Watkins.


The electronic media play an increasingly important part in the lives of many people. For better or worse, most Americans spend a large portion of their leisure hours listening to the radio, watching television or going to the movies. Many report that these media provide their chief source of entertainment, news and information. For this reason alone, radio, television and film constitute important areas of study. Whether a student plans a career in the media industries or simply wishes to have a deeper understanding of the cultural impact of media products, a broad liberal arts education is required. The major in radio, television and film provides this broad background, along with a comprehensive study of the electronic media themselves.

Many students' first thought when considering an RTVF major is the area of production. Although production is an important and necessary part of the degree program, students will also study the history of the media, the structure and economic basis of the industry, writing in the particular forms required by the media, and other topics. Essential for the well-educated RTVF major is the development of a keen understanding of how the media industries work, how their products are created, and the cultural impact these products have both on our own society and those of other countries.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

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Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

Students interested in a major in RTVF must apply to the department after successfully completing the pre-major requirements specified under "Admission to the RTVF Major," below.

2. Major Requirements: Students must complete 45 hours (at least 36 advanced) in the major, including RTVF 1310; 1320; 2210; 3 hours advanced credit in an RTVF writing course selected from RTVF 3400, 4330 or 4460; 9 hours of advanced credit in production and performance courses selected from RTVF 3210, 3220, 3230, 3300, 3350, 3440, 3482, 3501, 3502, 3650, 3750, 4200, 4210, 4310, 4330, 4400, 4411, 4412, 4413, , 4750, 4760, 4810, 4820; 6 hours of advanced credit in Industry Studies courses selected from: RTVF 4320, 4420, 4430, 4440, 4510, 4670; 9 hours of advanced credit in history or criticism courses selected from: RTVF 2700, 3450, 3460, 3550, 3610, 3640, 3720, 4110, 4115, 4120, 4340, 4410, 4415, 4660, 4700, 4710; and 9 hours of advanced RTVF electives. No more than 6 hours of RTVF practicum, internship and special problem courses may be applied to the 45 hours of RTVF courses required for the degree.

3. Other Course Requirements: All prospective RTVF majors must complete at least 3 hours of college-level computer coursework. This requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of any of the following: CSCI 1100, Introduction to Computers, or any other 3 hour CSCI course; CECS 1100, Computer Applications; BCIS 2610, Introduction to Computers in Business; or by transfer of a similar college-level computer course approved by the department.

4. Minor: Optional.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

6. Other Requirements: Only 12 hours of RTVF courses taken at other institutions may be applied toward the 45-hour requirement.

Students majoring in radio/television/film are required to have a minimum grade of C in all RTVF courses to graduate.

Students must observe prerequisites for each RTVF course. If a student has not completed prerequisites for a courses with a grade of C or better, the student is subject to administrative drop from the course without notice. Prerequisites are listed with individual course descriptions.

Because of the high demand for many RTVF courses, students who miss the first class without consent of the instructor are subject to be dropped from the course so that other students may be added. Students who must miss the first day of class because of illness or some other acceptable excuse should notify the department office the day of the absence.

Students may register for only one section of a course at a time. Students registered for more than one section of a course will be dropped from all sections of that course without notice. The policy does not apply to courses such as special topics, which may bear the same course number but are different courses.

Aural competency in distinguishing discrete sounds, and visual competency in distinguishing shapes, forms, colors and movements are required to complete RTVF critical studies courses. Additional visual competency to utilized studio and location equipment and manual dexterity to operate equipment are required to complete RTVF production courses. Articulation competency to achieve broadcast industry standards may be required. Specific competency requirements for internship, seminar and special problems courses are available from the RTVF adviser.

Admission to the RTVF Major

Entering students interested in majoring in RTVF will be classified as pre-majors and will be advised by the department. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the RTVF major. To be admitted to major status (and be eligible to enroll in certain advanced courses), a pre-major must meet the following requirements:

1. Complete at least 45 hours of college courses and:

a. complete the RTVF computer requirement;

b. complete the College of Arts and Sciences BA communication requirement;

c. complete the BA English composition requirement with a grade of "C" or better;

d. complete the College of Arts and Sciences math requirement (at least 3 credits of approved course work above College Algebra, except MATH 2090, or the placement equivalent); and

e. complete the foreign language requirement at least through the 1020 level (or the placement equivalent); and

f. complete RTVF 1310, 1320 and 2210 with a grade of "C" or better.

2. Have a least a 2.5 UNT GPA.

Prerequisites for RTVF electives are listed with individual course descriptions.

Suggested Minors for BA with a Major in Radio/Television/Film

Students majoring in radio/television/film may choose a minor field of study. Suggested minors coordinated with student career goals are art/photography (for career in film), business (broadcast advertising, sales and management), drama (production/performance), education (instructional media), journalism (broadcast news) and social sciences (general).

Minor in Radio/Television/Film

Students who wish to minor in radio/television/film must take 18 semester hours, of which 9 must be advanced. Faculty advisers are available to assist students in choosing minor courses.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Science. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.


Radio station KNTU-FM, broadcasting at 100,000 watts on 88.1 Mhz, serves the Denton­Dallas­Fort Worth area daily from 6 a.m. to midnight with educational, informative and entertaining programming. All students at UNT are eligible to work at KNTU, where they can learn skills in radio production, programming and station administration.

North Texas Television

North Texas Television (NTTV) produces video programs for the campus community for cablecast on cable channel 22. Any student may apply for a position with NTTV. While positions of major responsibility are assigned to advanced students, opportunities to work on productions are available to all UNT students.


The department participates actively as an institutional member of the Broadcast Education Association, the University Film and Video Association and the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators.


Applications for these scholarships are accepted in the spring semester for awards to be made for the following academic year. Further information about these scholarships can be obtained in the department office, Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, Room 262.

Paramount Pictures Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Paramount Pictures to recognize excellence and promise in a currently enrolled RTVF undergraduate student in the area of television or film production. It may be awarded annually on a competitive basis.

Westcott Foundation Scholarship

The Westcott Foundation Scholarship may be awarded to one or more undergraduate students in the Department of Radio, Television and Film. This scholarship recognizes current full-time RTVF majors who have demonstrated exceptional merit, motivation and talent.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in Radio/Television/Film

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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CSCI 1100, Introduction to Computer Science 3

ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3

LANG 1010, Foreign Language** 4

RTVF 1310, Perspectives on Radio and Television 3

Wellness* 3

Total 16



HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language (Intermediate)** 3

RTVF 2210, Introduction to Audio, Video and Film Production 3

Humanities* 3

Natural Sciences** 4

Total 16



PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

RTVF Industry Studies (advanced) 3

RTVF Production/Performance (advanced) 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3

Visual and Performing Arts* 3

Total 15



ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3

LANG 1020, Foreign Language** 4

MATH (above College Algebra, except 2090)** 3

RTVF 1320, Perspectives on Film 3

Communication** 3

Total 16



HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3

RTVF Writing (advanced) 3

Literature** 3

Physical Science** 4

Total 16



PSCI 1050, American Government* 3

RTVF Industry Studies (advanced) 3

RTVF Production/Performance (advanced) 3

Laboratory Sciences** 4

Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3

Total 16



RTVF History/Criticism (advanced) 3

RTVF History/Criticism (advanced) 3

RTVF Production/Performance (advanced) 3

RTVF Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Total 18



RTVF History/Criticism 3

RTVF Elective (advanced) 3

RTVF Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective 3

Total 15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice.

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