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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Communication

Radio-Television-Film

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Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

The extensive production facilities of the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center are available to graduate students in radio-television-film, as are the services of Information Technology Services. Research in media history, criticism, and theory is supported by the resources of the University Libraries, the Research and Collections Division of the Center for American History, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, a major collection of primary materials in literature, film, and the arts. Students in international communication have available to them the nationally recognized resources of the Benson Latin American Collection. Facilities and projects supported by the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute are available to students in the policy and technology programs. The UT Film Institute sponsors opportunities for research projects and internships.

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Areas of Study

Students seeking the Master of Arts or the Doctor of Philosophy pursue work in a number of concentrations, including ethnic and minority issues and the media; gender and sexuality issues and the media; international communication issues; media, culture, and society; critical and cultural studies; and technology, culture, and society. Students seeking the Master of Fine Arts study film, video, and digital media production; or writing for film and television.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Robert Foshko
Andrew S. Garrison
Don W. Howard
Michael S. Kackman
Mary Celeste Kearney
Stuart Kelban
Samantha H. Krukowski
Richard Lewis
Monika Mehta
Mitko Panov
David J. Phillips
Charles E. Ramirez-Berg
America Rodriguez
Thomas G. Schatz
Nancy Schiesari
Andrew B. Shea
Nikhil Sinha
Cauleen Smith
Ellen Spiro
Janet Staiger
Laura L. Stein
Paul J. Stekler
Allucquere Rosanne Stone
Joseph D. Straubhaar
Sharon L. Strover
Kathleen Tyner
Samuel Craig Watkins
Karin Wilkins
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Degree Requirements

The student is normally expected to begin coursework in the fall semester.

Master of Arts. The Master of Arts with thesis requires thirty semester hours of coursework, including six hours in Radio-Television-Film 395; the student must take this course in the fall and spring semesters of the first year. The Master of Arts with thesis is recommended for students who plan to continue their graduate work after receiving the master's degree. The Master of Arts with report requires thirty-three hours of coursework.

Master of Fine Arts. This degree is available in film, video, and digital media production; or writing for film and television. It is designed for the student with a demonstrated commitment to production or screenwriting as a professional, artistic, or academic pursuit. Production students complete a three-year, sixty-semester-hour program that allows them to develop a foundation of production skills by creating works in both traditional and nontraditional forms. Students must pass annual reviews of their work and must produce a final thesis project for public exhibition during the third year. Writing students complete forty-five hours of coursework in a program that allows them to explore writing for film and television. Students write original screenplays as well as those adapted from other material.

Both production and writing students must write a report.

Doctor of Philosophy. The Master of Arts or an equivalent degree is required for admission to the doctoral degree program. The program requires completion of at least forty-eight semester hours of coursework beyond the master's degree; among these hours must be at least twelve hours in research-tools courses and twenty-one hours in the student's area of specialization, including Radio-Television-Film 395, taken twice. The student works with a faculty adviser to plan specific course requirements in the area of specialization. In addition to this coursework, the student must pass comprehensive examinations in three academic areas. After successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, the student files an application for candidacy and writes the dissertation.

Upon admission to the graduate program, students must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that they accept the offer of admission. The deposit is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls.

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Dual Degree Programs

Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Latin American Studies

This dual degree program allows students to study the relationships between the theories and processes of communication and issues pertinent to an understanding of the histories and current policies of the societies and cultures of Latin America. It is designed to meet the need for specialists with multidisciplinary knowledge of Latin American affairs and mastery of the principles and techniques of communication.

The student must complete thirty-three semester hours of coursework in radio-television-film and thirty hours of coursework in Latin American studies, including a summer internship in Latin America and a thesis on a topic involving both fields. The radio-television-film program may require additional background work.

To be admitted to the dual degree program, the student must pass a language proficiency examination in either Spanish or Portuguese. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the dual degree program. Upon admission to the graduate program in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls.

Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Middle Eastern Studies

This dual degree program responds to the need in both the public and the private sector for communication specialists with a thorough understanding of the cultures, economies, geography, history, and politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

The student must complete a total of sixty-three semester hours of coursework in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, including a summer internship and a thesis based on original research and co-supervised by a radio-television-film and a Middle Eastern studies faculty member.

Upon completion of the program, students must have proficiency in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish equal to that shown by completion of two years of coursework. This requirement may be met either through formal language study or by passing a proficiency examination administered by a University faculty member. Students are encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Those with no previous knowledge of a Middle Eastern language are advised to enroll in intensive language courses during the summer before they begin the dual degree program. Students who are native speakers of a Middle Eastern language must demonstrate proficiency in a second Middle Eastern language.

Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the dual degree program. Upon admission to the graduate program in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls.

Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

This dual degree program responds to the need in both the public and the private sector for communication specialists with a thorough understanding of the cultures, economies, geography, history, and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

The student must complete a total of sixty-three semester hours of coursework in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, including a summer internship and a thesis based on original research and co-supervised by a radio-television-film and a Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies faculty member.

Students must have proficiency in a language of the area, normally Russian, Czech, Polish, or Serbian/Croatian, equal to that shown by completion of three years of coursework. This requirement may be met either through formal language study or by passing a proficiency examination administered by a University faculty member. Students are encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Those with no previous knowledge of a Slavic, East European, or central Asian language are advised to enroll in intensive language courses during the summer before they begin the dual degree program. Students who are native speakers of an area language must learn a second area language.

The program is administered by the graduate advisers for Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies and radio-television-film. Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the dual program.

Upon admission to the graduate program in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls.

Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration

This dual degree program is designed to develop leaders for an increasingly complex world. The program exposes students both to the issues and principles involved in communication and business and to the skills and techniques needed for efficient and effective management. The student must complete a total of sixty-nine semester hours of coursework in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the McCombs School of Business. The radio-television-film program may require additional hours of background work.

Students must be accepted by both programs before admission to the dual degree program.

Upon admission to the dual degree program, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling in both programs and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls.

Master of Arts/Master of Public Affairs

The purpose of this dual degree program is to allow students to study the relationships among the theories and processes of communication and a variety of public policy issues. It is designed to meet the need for public policy analysts with an understanding of the principles and techniques of communication and to equip communication specialists with an understanding of the public policy process. Students are expected to complete a total of sixty-nine semester hours of coursework in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, including a master's report and a summer internship.

Admission to the public affairs program is considered by an Admissions Committee made up of faculty members and second-year students. Admission to the radio-television-film program is considered by the program's Graduate Studies Committee.

Upon admission to the graduate program in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls.

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For More Information

Campus address: Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (Academic) (CMA) A6.116, phone (512) 471-3532, fax (512) 471-4077; campus mail code: A0800

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Radio-Television-Film, 1 University Station A0800, Austin TX 78712

URL: http://rtf.utexas.edu:16080/graduate/

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