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
Web site:

Alan B. Albarran, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Albarran, Benshoff, Craig, B. Levin, M. Levin, Loomis, Sauls, Slavnic, Staples.

The department offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

These programs are designed for persons who wish to pursue research or creative work in one of the following areas:

The department offers opportunities for graduate-level study in production as one component in the graduate degree program. These opportunities are best suited to students who have an undergraduate production background, who are interested primarily in documentary film and video, and who are also interested in critical studies of mass media.


Members of the radio/television/film faculty include internationally recognized scholars, seasoned media professionals and award-winning documentary filmmakers. Research specialties include media history and criticism, cultural studies, international media and broadcast operations. Books written by RTVF faculty are used in university courses throughout the world and faculty-produced films and television programs have been broadcast on television, selected for film and video festivals and screened at numerous other venues including New York's Museum of Modern Art. Faculty members also serve on the boards of national and international organizations dealing with media education and film preservation.

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements of both the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Radio, Television and Film. If applicants are accepted by the Graduate School, their files are forwarded to the Graduate Committee in the Department of Radio, Television and Film for further evaluation. The following may be considered the department's minimum requirements.

To apply, the following materials should be sent directly to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.

2. Official GRE scores sent from the Educational Testing Service.

3. A completed graduate application form.

4. Application fee.

In addition, the following items should be submitted directly to the RTVF director of graduate studies at the department's address above.

1. A statement of purpose, in which the applicant states career goals and tells why the master's degree in RTVF from UNT will help achieve those goals.

2. A required writing sample (research paper, substantial essay, etc.) and a sample of creative work if appropriate (screenplay, completed video or film submitted on VHS). Tapes submitted will not be returned. Video/audio tapes should be labeled and accompanied by a content list including excerpt/program length and applicant's role in the production. Do not mail tapes in fiber-filled envelopes.

3. A minimum of two current letters of recommendation. For most applicants, the letters must be provided by current or former professors. An applicant who has worked professionally in radio, television or film may submit one of these letters from a person who has supervised his or her work. If an applicant has been out of school for several years, both letters may be from people who can evaluate his or her work in these fields.

After the first semester of graduate study is completed, the student and the director of graduate studies prepare a degree plan using one of the options available in the student's area of concentration. The degree plan must be approved by the department chair and the graduate dean. Until it has been approved, the student will not be permitted to enroll for additional graduate work for credit applicable to the degree.

The RTVF department curriculum is designed to allow for two-year completion, with course work beginning in the fall semester.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts or Master of Science

The master's degree requires the completion of at least 36 hours of graduate course work, including 6 hours of thesis credit. A satisfactory written thesis must be presented and defended. With the approval of the major professor, a major component of the written thesis may be based on an original creative work. A student may also elect 6 hours in a minor area.

The MA requires completion of the equivalent of four semesters of undergraduate language study. You may have completed this requirement in your undergraduate program or you may do so here at UNT. Other than this requirement, the curriculum for MA and MS students is the same.

Course Requirements

Students must take at least one course from each of the three areas of graduate study emphasis (documentary studies/production, media industry studies, and history and critical studies).

Students must take RTVF 5100 (Introduction to Graduate Studies) during their first fall semester enrolled as an RTVF graduate student and either RTVF 5120 (Literature of RTVF I) or RTVF 5130 (Literature of RTVF II) in the first spring semester that they are enrolled in the RTVF graduate program. If a student is planning on writing a research thesis, both RTVF 5120 and 5130 must be taken in the first spring semester that the student is enrolled at UNT. If a student is planning on producing a production thesis, the student must take RTVF 5760 (Documentary Preproduction), RTVF 5470 (Seminar in the Contemporary Documentary) and RTVF 5401 (Graduate Documentary Production).

When enrolled in thesis hours, students must attend the required thesis seminar meetings scheduled throughout each semester.

Minor in RTVF

Graduate students wishing to minor in RTVF must follow the credit hour guidelines set forth by their major department. Students must take each of the following courses (offered only in the spring semesters): RTVF 5120 (Literature of Radio, Television and Film I) and RTVF 5130 (Literature of Radio, Television and Film II).


Radio station KNTU-FM, broadcasting at 100,000 watts on 88.1mHz, serves the Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth/McKinney area with educational, information and entertainment programming daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. All students at UNT are eligible to work at KNTU where they can learn skills in radio production, programming and station administration. More information is available at

NTTV - North Texas Television

North Texas Television (NTTV) is a student- operated cable television channel where students learn to produce video programs in a wide range of topics and formats, including news, sports, public affairs and entertainment. All students at UNT are eligible to work at NTTV.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available for outstanding applicants. Decisions on assistantships are made in March for the following fall semester. An application form is available from the director of graduate studies.

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.

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