Department of Radio, Television and Film

Main Departmental Office

General Academic Building, 435

P.O. Box 310589

Denton, TX 76203-0589

(940) 565-2537

Web site:

Steve Craig, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Craig, Evans, Hoerschelmann, Kumar, B. Levin, M. Levin, Negra, Sauls, Staples, Veeder.

The department offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

These programs are designed for persons who wish to pursue research in mass communication. Building on a strong undergraduate program, the department has a particular emphasis at the graduate level in the following areas:

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


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 network television and screened at 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.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the admission requirements of both the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Radio, Television and Film. Admission is based on committee evaluation of the application and is thus based on several factors, but the following may be considered minimum requirements.

1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 2.8 or a GPA of at least 3.0 during the last 60 hours.

2. A minimum GRE score of 900 with at least 450 on the verbal section and 450 on the quantitative or analytical section. Note: Having the minimum score does not guarantee admission. On occasion, the graduate committee may admit a student with slightly lower GRE scores if the applicant package is outstanding in other areas. Deviations from the general requirements are extremely rare.

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

1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.

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

3. A completed graduate application form.

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

1. A minimum of two current letters of recommendation. For most applicants, the letters may 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.

2. 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.

3. A writing sample (research paper, professional report, substantial essay, etc.) and/or a sample of creative work (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.

After the first 12 semester hours of graduate study are completed, the student and the major professor 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.

Since department courses are offered in a specific sequence beginning in the fall semester, students are urged to enter the program in the fall semester.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts or Master of Science

Option 1. 36 hours, including 6 hours of thesis and an oral defense of the thesis. With the approval of the major professor, a major component of the thesis may be a creative work. A student may elect 6 to 12 hours in a minor area.

Option 2. 36 hours and a final written comprehensive examination. A student may elect 6 to 12 hours in a minor area.

Persons studying toward the MA degree must meet a foreign language requirement. There is no foreign language requirement for the MS degree. Students should contact the graduate adviser to determine specific course requirements.

Students who elect Option 2 must take a final comprehensive examination and should ask the department office for examination dates and application deadlines. The department publication, "Milestones on the Road to the MA and MS Degrees," distributed to students admitted to the program, further explains procedures and requirements.

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 utilize 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 graduate adviser.


Radio station KNTU-FM, broadcasting at 100,000 watts on 88.1mHz, serves the Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth area with educational, informative and entertaining 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.

North Texas Television

North Texas Television (NTTV) is the department-sponsored cable television channel. Students produce original programs, make scheduling decisions and oversee the telecasts.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available for outstanding applicants. Decisions on assistantships are made in March for the following fall semester.

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.

Undergraduate Catalog Department of Radio, Film and Television

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