Learn about Radio-Television-Film

What You Will Study. How You Will Learn.

The undergraduate degree plan is simultaneously comprehensive and customizable.

The curriculum does not have required tracks or course sequences, but instead allows students to “choose their own adventure” and discover new areas and skills of interest. There are suggested course pathways based on a student’s interest, but the flexibility of the major gives students opportunities to experience a wide array of content related to media.

Curriculum Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree for Radio-Television-Film requires 120 hours of coursework for graduation, which includes 36 to 48 hours of RTF coursework.

To learn more, please review the undergraduate degree requirements or consult the degree catalog checklist.

Foundations Courses

All students take the same four foundational courses, providing an introduction to various aspects of an expansive field, allowing students to hone their areas of interest and determine what additional courses they find interest.

  • Media and Society: Examine the context and significance of film, electronic and digital media
  • Development of Film and Media: Study the historical development of the media industries from the 1890s to present
  • Narrative Strategies in Media Design: Survey story structure in this critical introduction to storytelling
  • Introduction to Image and Sound: Attain fundamental production concepts and techniques, as well as your own voice as a storyteller

Class Spotlight

Scott Rice, left, and Matthew McConaughey, middle, teach Script to Screen.

Script to Screen

Script-to-Screen is an upper-division film production course that looks at the production decisions and script changes that are made before a film ends up on the big screen. It gives students insights into the workings of the film industry as they follow a project from start to finish.

This class is co-taught by faculty members Scott Rice and Matthew McConaughey, who has described it as putting “science to the magic of how a script gets to the screen.”


The flexibility of the RTF curriculum offers students the opportunity to choose the courses that best suit their interests and career goals.

Students interested in media studies have dozens of course options available, based on four content areas – Digital Media, Global & International Media, History & Criticism, and Identity & Representation.

Course offerings include:

  • The Business of Hollywood
  • Video Game Culture & Criticism
  • Latina/os & U.S. Media
  • Globalization & Social Media
  • Race, Class & Gender in American Television
  • Comedy in Film & Media
  • Animation Studies

Students who are interested in pursuing the production side of media can mix and match production and studies courses to design an individualized curriculum that truly serves their interests and goals.

Production courses include:

  • Multiple levels of narrative (fiction) production, including Undergraduate Thesis productions
  • Introductory and advanced screenwriting classes, including Undergraduate Thesis for screenwriters
  • Directing classes, plus Acting for Filmmakers
  • Introductory and advanced editing classes
  • Introductory and advanced directing classes
  • Introductory and advanced cinematography classes
  • Sound Design & Mixing
  • Motion Capture Studio
  • Introductory and advanced 2-D animation classes