Department of Radio, Television and Film

Main Departmental Office

General Academic Building, 435

P.O. Box 310589

Denton, TX 76203-0589

(940) 565-2537

Fax: (940) 565-2518


Web site:

Steve Craig, Chair


Professors Craig, Staples. Associate Professors Fore, B. Levin. Assistant Professors Evans, Hoerschelmann, C.M. Levin, Negra, Sauls. Lecturers Campbell, Cook.


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:

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in radio/television/film requires a minimum of 128 hours, 42 of which must be advanced, and fulfillment of the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

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.

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. meet the BA computer literacy requirement;

b. meet the BA oral communication requirement;

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

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

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

Note: These requirements reflect the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum, which was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact a degree program adviser for more information.

2. Have a least a 2.5 UNT GPA.

Prerequisites for RTVF electives are listed with individual course descriptions.

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. Some requirements may have changed because the University Core Curriculum was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact a degree program adviser.

BA with a Major in Radio/Television/Film pdf



CSCI 1100, Introduction to Computer Science1, 16 3

ENGL 1310, College Writing I 3

LANG 1010, Foreign Language 4

RTVF 1310, Perspectives on Radio and Television 3

Wellness11 3

Total 16



ENGL 2210, World Literature I 3

HIST 2610, United States History to 186512 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language (Intermediate)3,16 3

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

Natural Science9 4

Total 16



ECON 1110, Principles of Macroeconomics 3

PSCI 1040, American Government 3

RTVF Industry Studies 3

RTVF Production/Performance 3

Visual and Performing Arts7, 60 3

Total 15



RTVF Production/Performance 3

RTVF History/Critical 3

RTVF History/Critical 3

RTVF Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Understanding of Ideas and Values8, 61 3

Total 18



ENGL 1320, College Writing II6 3

LANG 1020, Foreign Language 4

MATH 1600, College Math with Calculus5, 16 5

RTVF 1320, Perspectives on Film 3

Oral Communication2, 16 3

Total 18



ENGL 2220, World Literature II 3

HIST 2620, United States History Since 186512 3

LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)3, 16 3

Physical Science9 4

RTVF Writing 3

Total 16



PSCI 1050, American Government 3

RTVF Industry Studies 3

RTVF Production/Performance 3

Natural or Physical Science 4

Understanding of Ideas and Values8, 61 3

Total 16



RTVF History/Critical 3

RTVF Elective (advanced) 3

RTVF Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced)15, 16 3

Elective 1-3

Total 13-15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. See Arts and Sciences notes in supplement booklet for footnotes.

Summary of Degree Requirements:

RTVF (36 advanced): 45

Minor (optional): 18


English 12

Mathematics 5-8

Laboratory Science 12

Political Science 6

History 6

Computer Science 3

Oral Communication 3

Economics 3

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Understanding of Ideas and Values 6

Wellness 3

Foreign Language: 6-14

Major: 45

RTVF 1310 3

RTVF 1320 3

RTVF 2210 3

RTVF Writing (advanced) 3

RTVF Production and Performance (advanced) 9

RTVF Industry Studies (advanced) 6

RTVF History and Criticism (advanced) 9

RTVF Electives (advanced) 9

* The University Core Curriculum was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Consult a degree program adviser or the university's Web site (


No more than 12 semester hours of acceptable transfer credit for RTVF may be counted toward the major.

24 hours of RTVF must be taken at UNT.

Supplemental Information for BA with Major in Radio/Television/Film

1. 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, 9 hours of advanced credit in Production and Performance courses, 6 hours of advanced credit in Industry Studies courses, 9 hours of advanced credit in History or Criticism courses, and 9 hours of advanced RTVF electives. No more than 6 hours may be earned in any combination of RTVF practicum, internship and special problem courses.

2. Students must satisfy all general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Core Curriculum.

Only 12 hours of RTVF courses taken at other institutions may be applied toward the 45-hour requirement except for special cases approved by the department.

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

4. Students must observe prerequisites for each RTVF course. If a student has not completed prerequisites for a course 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 sectoins of that course without notice. The policy does not apply to courses such as special topics, which may bear the same number but are different courses.

7. 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 RTVF adviser.

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 RTVF 1310, 1320 and 2210, and 9 advanced hours chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser in the Department of Radio, Television and Film.

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 Marcus 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, General Academic Building, Room 435.

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.

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